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Subject: It's April What Are You Reading?
Date Posted: 4/1/2012 4:22 AM ET
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Besides The Dressmaker, and am also reading The King Mistresses:  The Liberated Lives of Marie Mancini, Princess Colonna, and Her Sister Hortense, Duchess Mazarin by Elizabeth C. Goldsmith  Hortense is most well known for being one of Charles II mistresses.  It is a Biography.



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Date Posted: 4/1/2012 6:52 AM ET
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I hope to finish off Pride's Castle by Frank Yerby today. Anyone who loves those railroad/robber baron stories should take a look at this one. Pride is one seriously flawed *hero*. Lol.

Also halfway through True Sisters by Sandra Dallas, about the Martin Handcart company - google the Mormon handcart companies.

Date Posted: 4/1/2012 9:00 AM ET
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I'm down to about the last 1/3 of Confessions of Catherine de Medici by Gortner.  I'm really enjoying this book..I knew nothing about Catherine going into the novel; in fact, I just realized I've been thinking she was a Borgia for quite a while now. *eye roll*

My knowledge of French history pretty much starts with the Bourbons, and Louis XIV, so this has been very interesting to me.  It's one of those books that makes you want to do extra research.  I love that!!smiley  I'm not sure what's up next..

Date Posted: 4/1/2012 11:54 AM ET
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I just finished The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott.  I enjoyed the novel; it was a quick read and I've always been fascinated by the Titanic.  The story was not as good as I expected it to be, and maybe not as good as it could have been, but still (like I said) an enjoyable novel.  I found it interesting to learn that Kate Alcott is a pseudonym for Patricia O'Brien, author of Harriet and Isabella and The Glory Cloak.  The Dressmake was originally  marketed under O'Brien's name with no takers, in fact, several rejections.  Publishers, looking at the less than expected success of Harriet and Isabella, opted not to publish The Dressmaker.  O'Brien's agent came up with the pseudonym and it was quickly picked up. 

Now Kelly can take the The Dressmaker home with her and join in the April read-along.

 

Linda

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Date Posted: 4/1/2012 12:25 PM ET
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I'm reading Miss Peregrins Home for Peculiar Children. I have the whole day to myself, so I am hoping to finish it today.

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Kat - I rather enjoyed that book for a change of pace! smiley

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Date Posted: 4/1/2012 2:49 PM ET
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I am enjoying it Jeanne. I hadnt realized it was a YA book until I got it at the library, but reading it, it definitely is geared towards teens. It is an easy read, but a good deal of mystery and suspense. (nothing too scary, but suitable that a young teen could read). I am going through it pretty quick, so should be done today yet.  

ETA: Finished it. I LOVED this book. It had some twists and turns which always had you guessing where it was going. I loved the children and Miss Peregrine and the whole story behind them. I loved the WWII references and bringing home what life during that time was like to a whole new generation. I am handing it off to my DD before it has to go back to the library.  Now, if I can make it fit into the Mystery challenge somehow, lol.



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Date Posted: 4/1/2012 2:58 PM ET
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Well, hello to April and all the "Historical" people.  I am slowly making my way thru my Charlotte & Thomas Pitt novel --- I do enjoy these, I am simply having my usual problem of going to sleep after only a few pages.

Date Posted: 4/1/2012 7:46 PM ET
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I'm reading The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon.  I'm enjoying it.

Date Posted: 4/2/2012 11:15 AM ET
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I'm reading another Roberta Gellis HR.  It's #3 in the Heiress series, and I like it well enough, but I think that will be enough Gellis for another few months.  She does too much internal monologue and it has a cumulative effect.

Date Posted: 4/2/2012 12:12 PM ET
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I've started reading Absolution by Murder by Peter Tremayne and I have to agree with Becky...lots of names to work your way through!

Date Posted: 4/2/2012 12:14 PM ET
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Finished A Clash of Kings yesterday (just in time for the series premier of Game of Thrones!).  I started Rubicon by Steven Saylor.

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I am working on a non-fiction travelogue, "From the Holy Mountain" by William Darlymple. For the first time in my life, I dumped water on the book I was reading, so this one will not be postable when I'm done. 

Date Posted: 4/2/2012 2:10 PM ET
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Oh Mimi --- it is always so sad when that happens.  I have not ruined one too many times, but it is ALWAYS coffee for me!!!!  Or when some of our dogs were tiny puppies there were one or two books that somehow got the corners chewed off!!!  One was a brand new hardcover, first edition copy of "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova --- anyway it had a wishlist a mile long and someone was actually happy to get it, chewed and all!!!

No reading to report from here --- doing desk work and a bit of laundry.  Do hope to get to bed a bit earlier tonight, but with the basketball game (NCAA finals) coming on at 9 p.m. I think that is  unlikely.  I just have to stay up and cheer for Bill Self and Kansas!!!

Cheryl --- In the end, I REALLY enjoyed Sister Fidelma --- the names sort of become familiary after half the book (hee hee)!!!

Date Posted: 4/2/2012 4:57 PM ET
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... She [Roberta Gellis] does too much internal monologue and it has a cumulative effect. ...

 

Sharla, that's about as diplomatic and tactful a way to put that as I have ever heard. That tendency of hers has completely turned me off of her. Someone would have to convince me that she had truly written the Great English Novel for me to pick up anything else by Ms. Gellis again.  ... But that's just me. 

I just finished The Running Vixen by Elizabeth Chadwick - most fun - and now, I get to pick an all new book to start! Highlight of my day!

Kelly

 

P.S. Go Kansas!

 

Date Posted: 4/2/2012 5:01 PM ET
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Sharla, I think this series is Gellis's weakest.  Fortune's Bride in the heiress series is the one I liked the most.

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That's the difference between us West Coasters and you East Coasters - it'll run at dinnertime for us.  

I read the first two Sister Fidelema books, they were awfully similar in reveal, but I'm still curious to continue the series, just not in one fell swoop. 

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Mimi --- I have the 2nd Sister Fidelma book here and will definitely read it, but I have not ordered any others just yet --- I am hoping they are all available here or at the library!!!  As I said, in the end I really did enjoy it.  Someone on I think the "Mystery" forum did say that they get a bit formulaic, but she still enjoyed them and was even current.  So I would imagine they will be something I will go back to every so often.

Date Posted: 4/2/2012 8:40 PM ET
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Gellis does wear thin after a while. She must be taken in small doses.

I still have True Sister by Sandra Dallas to finish up, but knowing where events will go I haven't been in the right mood to pick it back up, so going for some fluff. Starting Moonstruck Madness by Laurie McBain.

Date Posted: 4/3/2012 1:05 PM ET
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Don't read it too quickly after you finish the first one, Becky. I think a bit of time between them is best.

That's good to hear, I would like to continue reading them 

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Date Posted: 4/3/2012 7:29 PM ET
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Just starting another Chadwick book. To Defy a King.  We'll see how this one most are good.

Alice

Date Posted: 4/3/2012 8:09 PM ET
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I finished Gellis.  I like her, when I want a brainless HR.  I know exactly what she is, and that she'll have none of my pet peeves--just that internal monologue that will becomes too much, but is still better than 90% of the rest of the HR out there. And while she's not likely to be better than 4 (except for the first couple Roslynde series, which are 5s IMO) she won't be less than 3, either.  For what I want from a brainless romance, that's all good.

And on to a Chadwick--The Leopard Unleashed, the next book after The Running Vixen.  

 

 

Date Posted: 4/4/2012 4:46 AM ET
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I've started reading A Place Beyond Courage by Elizabeth Chadwick.  Really like it very much so far.  William Marshall's father was quite the dude as well.

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Date Posted: 4/4/2012 8:07 AM ET
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Cheryl I really liked A Place Beyond Courage it gives you good background on the family and William too. The other books make more sense when you read A Place Beyond courage first.

To Defy a King is quite good by the way, I am really enjoying it, about 100 pages in.

Alice

Date Posted: 4/4/2012 5:58 PM ET
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Hoping to finish up The King's Agent by Donna Russo Morin on the flight tomorrow to Charlotte.  Then on to The Love Knot by Chadwick and off to Myrlte Beach for a long weekend!

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