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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Subject: Anya Seton
Date Posted: 10/27/2009 10:35 AM ET
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Just wanted to start a topic on one of my favorite historical fiction writers, Anya Seton. I love her books. I have read Katherine, Windsor Women, Avalon and Green Darkness. I think I like Avalon the best so far. Her writing style is beautiful and her historical research is very good. They are a pleasure to read. Any other Anya Seton fans out there? What is your favorite.

Any other historical fiction authors that you can recommend with a similar style. I like Jean Plaidy as well.

 

Alice

Date Posted: 10/27/2009 11:59 AM ET
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I honestly think Seton is in a class by herself. Although I'd skip that one called smoldering embers or something like that. It's a time slip written in the 70's and it shows. It's very dated. I like Gwen Bristow a lot, but her stories are set in the US. Calico Palace is my favorite and it's being released this month.

Date Posted: 10/27/2009 4:03 PM ET
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My favorite is The Winthrop Woman.

Date Posted: 10/29/2009 6:47 PM ET
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i have Katherine waiting to be read and that will be my first anya book.  Glad to hear good things about her.

Date Posted: 10/29/2009 11:32 PM ET
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I read Winthrop Woman over the summer and loved it. I am looking forward to getting my hands on another of her books.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 10/30/2009 8:03 AM ET
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I live in Massachusetts and learned things in the Wintrop Woman that I never new before very good read. The nice thing about Anya Seton's writing is it flows very nicely. It is lovely to read. Pick up Avalon if you can. It will take you from Wales to Iceland, Greenland to Northeastern North America. It is my personal favorite to date.

Alice

Date Posted: 10/30/2009 9:27 AM ET
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Alice - Glad to hear you liked Avalon the best.  My wish for that one was just granted yesterday, so it should be on it's way to me soon.  It'll be my first Seton, so I can't tell you which other authors would be similar.  I have most of her other books on my wishlist. 

Date Posted: 11/3/2009 11:40 PM ET
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I loved Kathrine, it is one of my favorite books ever.  I have Winthorp Women on my TBR, I think I will have to move it up.

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 2:18 PM ET
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I guess it's my turn to get flogged with the wet noodle.  :)  I read Katherine earlier this year, and I just don't see what all the fuss is about.  I liked it--I'd give it a 4/5.  But I just don't see it as anything special.  I have more of Seton on my WL and I will read at least a few more but ... a class or her own?  Sorry, I don't see it.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 11/4/2009 2:54 PM ET
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Although I have read Katherine I do not think it is her best work (many do though). I really like her writing style, I think it flows beautifully. Give her another shot when one becomes available. It's okay not to like everyone elses favorite authors. In my book group we have only agreed twice in almost 3 years. I still think Cormac McCarthy's the Road is one of the worse books of all time, some of my book group loved it.

 

Alice

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 7:15 PM ET
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I love Green Darkness, and didn't like Katherine as well.  I've started The Winthrop Woman which I am enjoying so far.