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Subject: Anette Motley
Date Posted: 12/20/2009 9:13 PM ET
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Anyone read any of her books? I have My Lady's Crusade that I started by had to put down about half way through (an elbow injury not conducive to reading mass market paperbacks). In the meantime The Quickenberry Tree came from the library and I'm working on that and enjoying it a lot, not terribly fast paced but I like the writing - it's about the English Civil Wars  (Cromwell, et al). I was curious to see what else she wrote and she's got one on the early years of Catherine the Great, and not that many copies around (keeps fingers crossed until I get a shipping confirmation). That book is called Men on White Horses and the Amazon info is here, http://www.amazon.com/Men-White-Horses-Annette-Motley/dp/0356158446/ref=pd_ybh_2?pf_rd_p=280800601&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_t=1501&pf_rd_i=ybh&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1E410ARRV6PH5QRK4NTS



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Date Posted: 12/21/2009 8:02 AM ET
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Yeah, the link worked! ;-)

The Catherine the Great book sounds like a fictionalized account of the first part of Virginia Rounding's biography, although the Motley book was written about 2 decades earlier. There's a blurb about it at Goodreads.

I just ordered Green Dragon, White Tiger, which is about Empress Wu.

Date Posted: 12/21/2009 9:11 AM ET
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I plan on getting Green Dragon out from the library one of these days. I think Lilly Flora reviewed it favorably on Amazon.

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 4:35 PM ET
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Well, I read Misfit's post and ran right over to Amazon where I bought a copy of the Catherine the Great book, Men on White Horses. :-D

I'm always looking for books set in Russia and this sounds like a good one.

Hey, after we all read our Motley books, we can swap out with each other and read some more Motley, lol.

Thanks for the rec, Misfit!

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 7:43 PM ET
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Well I hope it turns out to be good. Just 'cause one book is good doesnt mean they all are. It might be long forgotten for a reason.

Date Posted: 12/26/2009 7:42 PM ET
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I just finished The Quickenberry Tree yesterday and loved it. I was going to give it a solid four stars until she pulled out such a solid finish in the final third. Probably not best for first time readers in this period (England's 17C Civil Wars), but it does cover it quite nicely and she puts various members of the family and their neighbors into opposing factions so you get a decent feel of all sides of the conflicts. If you like your books HUGE (and small font) with lots of love, laughter and tears as well and interested in this period I do recommend it.

Date Posted: 1/9/2010 2:22 PM ET
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Genie, have you received the copy of "Green Dragon, White Tiger" you ordered? I'm just curious. I bought "Men On White Horses" the same day and it's still not here. I'm starting to wonder if it has gone lost. I hope not!

Misfit, I wouldn't hold it against you if I dislike the book!! Different strokes and all that...!

Did you write a review for "The Quickenberry Tree"? I'd love to read it if you did! I'm seriously considering buying this one too. It sounds good!

Date Posted: 1/9/2010 3:21 PM ET
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I'm still waiting for Men on White Horses as well as some other books. I suspect media mail is slower than usual due to the holidays? I've now read Sins of the Lion (not bad but not great) review here, and Quickenberry Tree here. That is if I've managed to do the linky thing right this time. You'll also find them on Amazon.

Date Posted: 1/9/2010 7:33 PM ET
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I received Green Dragon a couple of days ago. I ordered it from Thriftbooks, which is cheap, but slow. I think it took about 3 weeks to arrive with the holiday load. It looks good, but I'm not going to get to it right away.

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 1:22 PM ET
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It probably is just slower than normal. I hope it turns up because I don't want to have to deal with getting a refund on a used book! Plus, I am really looking forward to this one. I'm craving a book set in Russia.

Misfit, thanks for the links to the reviews! I couldn't get them to work, but found them here - http://http://misfitandmom.livejournal.com/45898.html and here - http://misfitandmom.livejournal.com/48070.html

Of course, your links may have worked just fine for everyone else. I've been having a terrible time with links and even copying and pasting since PBS changed the text box.

Now that I have read your review for "The Quickenberry Tree", I have decided to buy a copy of it as well. It sounds good, maybe better than the Motley book I already bought! Your review of "Prima Donna" by Megan Chance made me want to move that on up to the top of my TBR pile. Your post on "England's Civil War and Restoration Period" made me add "Rebels and Traitors" to my wishlist. Your blog is fabulous, Misfit, but I need to get outta there before I find that books are mysteriously being added to my cart at Amazon. ;-)

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 2:24 PM ET
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Sorry to go corrupting again. Not. Interesting how a critical review can get someone to read a book, isn't it?

Date Posted: 1/12/2010 1:39 PM ET
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I ordered My Lady's Crusade from PBS after Elizabeth Chadwick included it in her list of favorite medievals: http://livingthehistoryelizabethchadwick.blogspot.com/2009/07/starter-for.html  I should put it on top of the TBR pile so I can repost it.

Her other books look interesting, as well. I put them on my wish list.

Date Posted: 1/12/2010 1:42 PM ET
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I have that one as well and got about half way through and a minor elbow injury put the kabosh on reading MMPB. I should be able to get back to it soon. That is definitely a lady in peril book though.