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Subject: Barbara Erskine
Date Posted: 6/17/2008 7:34 PM ET
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Has anyone read any books by Barbara Erskine? Love 'em, hate 'em? Are they all time-travel books? If you've read any, tell me which one you'd recommend. I haven't tried any of her books, but I've heard good things about Lady of Hay.

Date Posted: 6/17/2008 7:40 PM ET
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Funny you should mention it, Valli. Did you see the review posted at HF.org yesterday? It's on Kingdom of Shadows.

I've heard good things about Lady of Hay, too.

Date Posted: 6/17/2008 8:23 PM ET
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Thanks Genie! I'll check that out. I've heard so many good things about her books, but I'm just not that big on time-slip novels. I need to just request one and try it someday.

Date Posted: 3/2/2010 9:37 PM ET
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Resurrecting this old message because I was looking for opinion on Erskine.  Someone just recommended Lady of Hay to me.  No paperback version available here, so I requested another title that sounded interesting to me. 

Did you read any of her work Valli? 

Date Posted: 3/2/2010 10:31 PM ET
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Valli, I have read almost all of her books loved them Lady of Hay is on my keeper shelf, as is. Midnight is a Lonely Place. They are deliciously spine tingling.  I wholeheartedly recommend them.



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Date Posted: 3/3/2010 7:26 AM ET
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The ones I have read I enjoyed also. I'd recommend spacing her out as she gets a bit formulaic with the time slip bit. Daughter of the Phoenix was my favorite but if you're read Penman's HBD you must go into this remembering its just fiction and not a historical novel.

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 7:53 AM ET
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I agree with Cathy, do space them out.  I also like Daughter of the Phoenix, her descriptions of Wales is one of the best.  I never though about it but love the way B.E. draws the atmosphere in her novels.

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 8:03 AM ET
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Lady of Hay is on my keeper shelf as well.  I'm a big time-travel fan, but it's also just a good story!

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 2:13 PM ET
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I agree Vicki, the story is compelling, it was one of those books I just couldn't put down.

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 2:38 PM ET
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Is Midnight the one with things that go bump in the night? I couldn't put that down. Kingdom of Shadows was just good, but not great. The heroine in the present day drove me nuts, she was a touch on the TSTL side.

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 3:59 PM ET
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Cathy, Yes it is the one on the coast   near Colchester and the lovely Roman and druid ghosts. *shivers*   I don't usually like scary but this was historically scary so that's okay!

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 4:41 PM ET
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No that's not the one - I've got it now. Hiding From The Light.

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 5:57 PM ET
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I love a good scary novel! I'll have to check these out. "Midnight is A Lonely Place" and "Hiding from the Light" are the two spooky ones, right? Do any of them have a gothic feel? Just wondering...

I just this past week got a copy of "Lady of Hay". I've got it put with the TBR I want to read very soon.

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 7:04 PM ET
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Cathy,  B.E. loves the Essex  coast doesn't she.  This one is about the cool villiage and the garden and the witch finder isn't it?  I had to read up on Aga ranges while reading her books.  I want one!!!!

Valli,  yes I would say that they have a bit of a Gothic feel.

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 7:07 PM ET
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Valli, it's been about three years but I don't recall anything really gothic. Spooky as h*** yes. There are ghosties and beasties and things that go bump in the night.

Date Posted: 7/8/2010 8:15 PM ET
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RE: Lady of Hay and I'm sure Tanzanite has already posted this on her blog and it's gone over my head but it appears Sourcebooks is bringing this one back out in fall.  Found the cover,

Lady of Hay

Date Posted: 7/8/2010 8:36 PM ET
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Ooohh..and I think Sourcebooks also releases a Kindle version when they release a book. 

Date Posted: 7/13/2010 9:15 AM ET
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I love reading Barbara Erskine.  Whispers in the Sand and On the Edge of Darkness are good as well.