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Subject: Before I commit
Date Posted: 4/27/2010 4:54 PM ET
Member Since: 3/14/2009
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I would like your opinions about Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, series of the Morelands. with 30 + books I just want to know if it's worth it? 

Date Posted: 4/27/2010 6:27 PM ET
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I've read the first three (total side note, it cracks me up the marketing "the first series detailing England's history..." pish - Philippa Carr (Jean Plaidy/Victoria Holt did it) - they are pleasant but not super amazing.  

Date Posted: 4/27/2010 7:25 PM ET
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I was wondering too.  I'm wishlisted for the first one.

Date Posted: 4/27/2010 8:02 PM ET
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I've read the first 3 as well. I characterize them as light reads, mostly about family relationships. History is in the background. It's more of a family saga.

I enjoy them as a change after reading something heavy. But I really don't care if I never read another. It's not like I have to read all 30.

Date Posted: 4/27/2010 8:19 PM ET
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This is helping, I have the first 5 wish listed, up until the restoration of CharlesII.  But I think I will at least try the first one, I read the sneak peek on Amazon and it enough to interest me.

Date Posted: 4/28/2010 10:33 AM ET
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I've read the first one, and I enjoyed it enough to keep and to immediately put the second on my WL.  I received it several months ago and I haven't read it yet, but I probably will within the next few weeks or months.  It's light, I agree.  But it feels authentic enough, and the characters are just enough on the edge of national and political politics that you get a decent dose of that.  I rather doubt whether I will read past the Tudors, as my overall interest in British history drops off the cliff at the Stewarts.  A really good author like SKP or Chadwick could no doubt hold my interest  anyway, but unless the series keeps getting better, I doubt this one will.  We'll see.