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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Subject: June-HF books we are reading
Date Posted: 6/2/2015 8:30 AM ET
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Wow no June topic yet. I am ready a good fantasy novel now, Royal Airs by Sharon Shinn, but I have some HF calling my name. We will need another  HF game soon.

Alice

Date Posted: 6/2/2015 10:07 AM ET
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Got several HF going right now.  HR is not appealing....so....Phillipa Gregory's "White Princess"-  this marriage and this princess has always intrigued me(Henry VII & Elizabeth Plantagenat).

Amanda Carmack's "Murder at Westminister Abbey"-

and the IronKing trilogy by Maurice Drion-well researched but I'm having a hard time connecting to any of the characters-don't know whether that has to do with the french translation or not.

Jan

Date Posted: 6/3/2015 7:31 AM ET
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I'm currently reading Kate Atkinson's "Life After Life"--has anyone here read this one?  I'm loving it so far!  

Date Posted: 6/3/2015 8:13 AM ET
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Just starting Kate Quinn's Empress of the Seven Hills.  I enjoyed the first two books in this series, so I'm looking forward to this one.

Linda

Date Posted: 6/3/2015 8:32 AM ET
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Finished The Yard by Alex Grecian.  Very interesting and I liked this HF mystery a good deal.  That Summer by Lauren Willig was a disappointment..  While her books are light I normally enjoy them for a change of pace.

Alice:  I like Sharon Shinn's work.  Glad to find someone else who does as well but I haven't read Royal Airs.

The Demon's Parchment by Jeri Westerson was another disappointment.  I found it disjointed and rather poorly done but I will finish it.  The plot?  Ah well, it roamed all over the place.



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Date Posted: 6/3/2015 11:37 AM ET
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Vicky, I read and loved "Life After Life" but would not recommend it for those who like their fiction neatly sewn up.
 

Date Posted: 6/4/2015 8:58 AM ET
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I'm reading The Mourning Bells by Trent, part of the Lady of Ashes series. I really like this series and this will bring me up to date.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 6/7/2015 6:22 PM ET
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I am reading The Seven Sisters: A Novel :: Lucinda Riley.

I love her writing style. Story just pulls you in. This book is the first in a series. 

Alice

Date Posted: 6/7/2015 6:55 PM ET
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I'm not reading HF or mystery right now. I am reading Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day by Peter ZuckermanAmanda Padoan. I'm about half through it and finding it quite interesting. Lots about the Sherpa culture as well as the neighboring "tribes". I am just getting to the 2008 disaster and I'm on tenterhooks!

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 6/10/2015 6:50 AM ET
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I finished The Seven Sisters: A Novel :: Lucinda Riley.

REally good. I couldn't put it down. Nice mix of history, mystery and romance. I can't figure out where she will go around the mystery of Papa Salt or how all the girls tie into one another in the future. Highly recommend.

Date Posted: 6/10/2015 7:17 AM ET
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Thanks for the recommendation, Alice.  It's on the WL.  I've enjoyed her other books.

Linda



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Date Posted: 6/12/2015 8:41 AM ET
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Hi all!   Work has been a little nuts for the past few months (the home mortgage business), so I haven't been posting.  Haven't been reading a lot either - mostly books available on audio that I can listen to during my long commute.    

But I did just finish Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline a few days ago.     I have to admit that I resisted reading this book.   There are a few subjects that I've heard so much about over the years that I've grown tired or hearing about them - and certainly don't want to read a book about them.   The orphan train in the early 1900's is one of those subjects.   Being from Iowa, and living in Minnesota for the past 30 years, I've already heard much about the Orphan Train - and none of it good.   So despite the fact that everybody and their dog (if dogs could read) said that this was a great book, I had no interest in reading it.

And then... I found it available for a dollar at a library book sale.     It was a sign!  I HAD to read it LOL.    And you know what?  Is really is just as good as everyone said it is :-)   5*'s from me!

Date Posted: 6/12/2015 10:55 AM ET
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@Lynne - I (and the other ladies in my book club) had never heard of the orphan trains prior to reading the book.  We are in Pennsylvania. 

I just finished Sovereign and enjoyed it but thought it was overly long and felt repetitious somehow.  I got tired of the cruelty toward Shardlake but at least he seemed to stick up for himself a little more in this one.  I love the series though and will keep reading.

Just finishing Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale.  It's an engaging, fast read about two sisters during the German occupation of France in WWII.  Very well done so far but I will reserve final judgment after I've read all the way through.  I was disappointed in another book of hers that ended too conveniently.



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Date Posted: 6/12/2015 12:32 PM ET
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Lynne --- Like Donna, I had never heard of an Orphan Train (grew up in Oklahoma), so found the book fascinating.  Glad after you got the "sign" at the library that you ended up enjoying it.

I am enjoying the 3rd installment in the Maggie Hope series set in England during WWII --- "His Majesty's Hope" by Susan Elia Macneal.

Date Posted: 6/14/2015 5:58 PM ET
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I read Orphan Train a couple of years ago, and remember enjoying it.

Just finished The Midwife of Hope River, by Patricia Harman, set in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia during the 1930s.  Very good, recommended - looking forward to reading the sequel.

Linda

Date Posted: 6/14/2015 7:34 PM ET
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Update on The Nightingale - enjoyed it to the end.  A five star read for me.

Galloping through The Invention of Wings.  I believe this is my favorite book of the year so far - wonderful!

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 6/14/2015 8:51 PM ET
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I liked the Nightingale quite a bit. Wonderfully written story.

Alice

Date Posted: 6/16/2015 8:17 AM ET
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I'm reading A Suitable Boy, a foray into Indian fiction and culture. I've wanted to read it since before I visited India in 2014. It's a tome, so I read it in fits and starts, but so far it's interesting.....they haven't found the boy yet, though wink

Date Posted: 6/17/2015 11:41 AM ET
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I've been reading The Tudor Secret by C.W. Gortner.  I think it's the best of his books that I've read so far.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 6/17/2015 11:42 AM ET
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Cheryl,

I like his series of Spy mysteries. They are very good.


 

Alice

Date Posted: 6/17/2015 2:18 PM ET
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Madame Picasso, Anne Girard - an interesting look at Picasso and his glittering host of friends and other artists in Paris in the years just before WWI, told thru his relationship with Eva Gouel, his mistress and muse.

Now reading, and enjoying, The Vintner's Daughter  by Kristin Harnisch.

Linda

Date Posted: 6/18/2015 10:58 AM ET
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Reading The Iron Castle by Angus Donald :)

Date Posted: 6/18/2015 11:38 AM ET
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Wow Carolyn, you've really whipped through those books! I'm not even that far along yet....wink There should be only one more in this series and the title MIGHT be the Death Of Robin Hood. I can never be certain about the titles until the book actually come out.

Date Posted: 6/18/2015 4:26 PM ET
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Jeanne,

They're so addicting!!  LOL!!!  Angus' newest book, The King's Assassin, came out today (I believe), but I'm not sure if that's just for the UK.  I pre-ordered it on Amazon, but so far it looks like they're waiting for a US edition to be published before the send it sad.

I believe he started writing the last book, which I think is going to be called The Death of Robin Hood.

 

CR

Date Posted: 6/18/2015 4:50 PM ET
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Carolyn -I'm ordering this latest one on Audible ( The King's Assassin) - it's out today and I think the Kindle version is too. So I'm wrong about Iron Castle - the King's Assassin follows Iron Castle and THEN The Death of Robin Hood.( Does this sentence make any sense????) indecision

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