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Subject: Cecelia Holland books
Date Posted: 12/11/2009 4:59 PM ET
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I have seen Ms. Holland's books mentioned several times in this forum. So of course I have orderd a couple, Great Maria and PIllar of the Sky. Both are quite large. Any recommendations on these books or others by her. Tis the problem with this forum I keep finding too many new authors.

Alice

Date Posted: 12/11/2009 5:13 PM ET
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She's another one of those that are hit or miss for me. I thought "Great Maria" was fabulous, but "Pillar", eh, not so great.

Her book about the Mongols, "Until the Sun Falls" is my favorite of all the ones I've read, excellent book! She has a new one coming out next year about Eleanor of Aquitane and I'm really curious to see how she does with that.

I enjoyed her series about Vikings too, although I thought they were a bit more fantasy than straight H/F. The reviews for these books are all over the place, but I really like to read about Vikings so that might have influenced me a bit on this series.

One of my friends describer her as "dry". Ruh-Roh. ;-)

Date Posted: 12/11/2009 6:43 PM ET
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I've heard lots of raves on Holland from those with very similar tastes to mine but I've not had good luck. I liked her two Lily Nevada books (but they were still only thre star reads), but the other three hit the wall. There was one on California (The Bear Flag I think it was) that I should have been all over as I love that period but she lost me. I might try Great Maria one of these days, but I'm not going out of my way. I believe she's got one coming out in '10 on Eleanor of Aquitaine. Could be wrong though.

Date Posted: 12/12/2009 2:56 PM ET
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I agree with Valli and Cathy-- hit or miss.  I read "The Earl" and liked it very much.  "The Lords of Vaumartin" not so much.  "Jerusalem" had great feel for the times.  She didn't sugarcoat the era and I liked that, with no ride off into the sunset ending, but it did end rather abruptly for me.  I understood "Great Maria" to be one of her best so I'm not too surprised by Valli's high praise. (Just put it on my reminder list!)  But in spite of the uneveness of her fiction, I would love to read her take on Eleanor of Aquitaine.  Such a fascinating woman!

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Date Posted: 12/12/2009 3:04 PM ET
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Amerigo, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed "The Earl" so much! It's a book on my challenge, so I'll be reading it soon. Glad to hear it's one of the good ones.

I'm looking forward to the Eleanor book too. Actually, I think I read somewhere that she has a new 3 book deal and all three books will be about English royalty. Has anyone else heard that or did I dream that up? It's possible I'm wrong about this! ;-)

Date Posted: 12/12/2009 4:38 PM ET
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Valli -- One of the good ones.    Enjoy! 

ETA: A few hours later:  

I was under the impression that "The Earl" started Holland's career, but she actually wrote five novels before that, none of which I read.  I think I might revisit those early novels to see how they compare.  "Great Maria" was her eighth novel.  She has a very nice website listing all her work.  No mention of Eleanor, though.



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