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Subject: April - We're Fools for HF!
Date Posted: 4/1/2014 12:22 AM ET
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So what are you going ga-ga over this month?

I'm almost done with Heidegger's Glasses and preparing to start The River of No Return by Bee Ridgeway.

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Date Posted: 4/1/2014 10:29 AM ET
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I have Edna Ferber's So Big to finish up, then I'm moving on to whatever I have checked out from the library.

Date Posted: 4/1/2014 10:50 AM ET
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I'm listening to Why King's Confess, by C.S. Harris- the latest Sabastian St. Cyr book.  It is turning out to be the best one yet!

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Date Posted: 4/1/2014 11:10 AM ET
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Glad you like that one REK. I have it on my TBR.

Alice

Date Posted: 4/1/2014 2:15 PM ET
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REK - that sounds really interesting, off to add to that list...
I'm working on "The Long Winter" in the Little House series :)

Date Posted: 4/1/2014 2:18 PM ET
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I have I Always Loved You on the WL. I'm not too far back, so I'm hoping to get a copy soon. However, it isn't like I don't have hundreds of other books to get through first...LOL!!!

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I have I Always Loved You from the library.  I hope I can get to it before I have to return it.

Date Posted: 4/1/2014 6:50 PM ET
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Still working on "The Distant Hours" by Kate Morton.  It is a good book, but sometimes I think she could move things along a bit faster.  Probably read too many shorter mysteries these days and have lost some appreciation for "tomes".

Date Posted: 4/1/2014 9:53 PM ET
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I am LOVING listening to Outlander. Because I wasn't as enamored of the subsequent books, I forgot how much I enjoyed the first book when I first read it. The audio version is just wonderful. And Jamie is...well...perfection.

For my Book Selection Committee, I'm reading Maio's City of the Sun set in 1941 Cairo -- just started so can offer no opinion as yet. (Well, I suppose I could offer one, but it would be worth even less than my usual two cents.)

Date Posted: 4/2/2014 7:41 AM ET
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Deb, I agree that Outlander is the best in the series and I enjoyed the audio version too.

I'm reading John Ashdown-Hill's The Last Days of Richard III and the fate of his DNA: The Book that Inspired the Dig. The King's Grave makes several references to this work and holds it in high regard, so I wanted to follow up and read it. It's very interesting so far.

Date Posted: 4/2/2014 8:09 AM ET
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Started The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott yesterday.

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Deb --- I am in complete agreement about "Outlander", or "Cross Stitch" as it was named initially in the UK version when I read it.  It is the very best of the series.  Somewhere along the line, perhaps after book 5, I stopped reading them.  None could compare with the first.

Holly --- I just received "The Daring Ladies...." in the mail last week.  I actually ordered it "new".  Having lived for some time in Massachusetts not so terribly far from Lowell, I thought I would likely enjoy it.

Date Posted: 4/3/2014 8:15 AM ET
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I read The Daring Ladies of Lowell awhile back and enjoyed it. Well written.

Date Posted: 4/3/2014 10:02 AM ET
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Donna and Lauri:  So enjoyed I Have Always Loved You and Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly.  What a way to start the month.  Both books are new plot lines by the authors.  No formula writing here!  Loved is about Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas, their friendship and romance.  Quite enjoy this author and I do like reading about artists.  Through this novel we get a look at Belle Epoque Paris.  Revolution focuses on a musically talented young woman whose little brother died when she failed to accompany him to school.  Filled with guilt, she contemplates suicide.  A trip to the past  and meeting a music master help her find her way.  Have been reading many other genres but I returned to HF with The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, which is a magical book that made me cry.  I do wish the author had discussed where and how the story came into being.  I love those author comments.  The story is sad but realistic.  



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Date Posted: 4/3/2014 10:09 AM ET
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Finished Why Kings Confess by C S Harris and I also think that this may well have been the best in the series so far! I could hardly put it down. There is so much going on between the covers of this book: Sebastian's mystery to be solved; Hero's upcoming delivery of her baby; Gibson's potential love life and more about the lost Dauphin of France....

Now I can hardly wait for the next: Who Buries the Dead!!!

Date Posted: 4/3/2014 10:10 AM ET
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Hi, all!  We're finally completely settled in our new house!  Yea!

I'm still reading A King's Ransom, by SKP, which I am enjoying.  It was starting to drag just a bit with Richard being imprisoned by the Holy Roman Emperor, but he is free now, so I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of vengeance he seeks.  LOL!  I'm fuzzy on the rest of Richard's life after his long imprisonment, which is nice because now the rest of the book will be a bit of a surprise.

I'm also still listening to The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag.  This one is taking me awhile as during the couple of weeks we were moving and settling in, I didn't sit and knit and listen to a book or podcast that much.

Date Posted: 4/3/2014 10:14 AM ET
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Shelley, Congratulations!  Enjoy your new home. 

I'm reading The 19th Wife for my IRL book discussion group.  It's a good one.

Date Posted: 4/3/2014 10:27 AM ET
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That must be a relief, Shelley - to be finally settled in. We are just in the process of replacing living room furniture and that won't be complete what with orders and deliveries for about 2 months. Just that "little" disruption in the house in enough for me these days!

Looks like my next read will be Carol K Carr's India Black and the Gentleman Thief since I've offered it in one of the swaps! I really want to get back to listening to books from Audible but with the hearing gone in my right ear, I'm holding off on using my ear buds. Went to the ear doctor and he's confidant that it will come back but after a month of this, I'm having doubts. Ahhhhh, the golden years!

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It must be such a relief to be settled in, Shelley! Moving makes me crazy...heck, switching over my winter and summer clothes is enough to drive me nuts! (Which reminds me...I need to start doing that, finally!)

REK, I have Revolution by Donnelly on Mt. TBR. I really enjoy her work, and am looking forward to that one. I might have to move it up a few notches. I'm enjoying The River of No Return right now, although I have to take a slight pleasure reading break. I've gotten an editing project from one of my clients and am reading a NF book for them and making corrections/notes as I go. Not a bad way to earn some cash!

wink

Date Posted: 4/4/2014 11:28 AM ET
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Reading Fortune's Mistress by Judith E. French, old 1990s Avon (now on Kindle). 1672, pirate/treasure hunt plot, the fun twist is the hero is an unacknowledged by-blow of Charles II. Really a lot more fun than I expected.

Date Posted: 4/4/2014 2:19 PM ET
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Yesterday, I started Taylor Caldwell's "Lion of God" about St. Paul of Tarsus.  So far, so good. 
 



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I am reading Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman :: Robert K. Massie. I liked Nicolas and Alexandra by him. this one is a bit dry.

Mimi I love Taylor Caldwell books

Date Posted: 4/7/2014 10:46 AM ET
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Half way through India Black and the Gentleman Thief by Carol K Carr and I am loving it! Her way of describing India's thoughts/ words is so acerbic and then there is the Marchioness (or as Mrs Drinkwater would say: "march's nest"). Very entertaining and I think it is the best in the series so far. Maybe it's me but this seems to be the year for "best in series". So far, I've thought that Shadow of the Alchemist was the best, as Why King's Confess and now this one - hmmmm.....

Date Posted: 4/7/2014 12:19 PM ET
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The Shadowed Spring by Carola Salisbury.

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