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Subject: Lorna Landvik ladies...Excellent author!
Date Posted: 8/2/2008 10:15 AM ET
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My aunt recommended a book by an author I'd never heard of but, apparently, was wonderful and was the new star of her book club. Her name is Lorna Landvik, she authors Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons (awesome read), O my stars, The View from Mount Joy, etc. Check her out, she is so good!

Date Posted: 8/2/2008 10:32 AM ET
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I have the Angry Housewives Eating bon bons on my TBR pile! good to know it's a good one!

Date Posted: 8/2/2008 11:14 AM ET
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Angry Housewives was a good book.  My generation.

Date Posted: 8/2/2008 11:21 AM ET
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 I have Angry Housewives and Patty Jane's House of Curl on my TBR.  I'll definitely be reading them soon.  :)

Date Posted: 8/2/2008 3:45 PM ET
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I've read Angry Housewives and the Great Mysterious (can't remember the full title.)  I enjoyed them both.

Date Posted: 8/2/2008 9:57 PM ET
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I loved both Angry Housewives and Oh my stars!  Great books!!  I have the Great Mysterious on my TBR

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 9:38 PM ET
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Patty Jane's House of Curls by Lorna Landvik is one of my all time favorites.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 11:26 PM ET
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I've read some of her books.  Other than the "Eating Bonbons", I don't remember the names of the books.  I found her too predictable but her writing style is good.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 12:00 AM ET
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I second Patty Jane's! Love her books.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 11:30 AM ET
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I didn't care for her when I read her. I couldn't even finish Housewives it got so silly. I thought she was too predictable, too. Nothing original at all about her writing.

Subject: Lorna Landvik
Date Posted: 8/4/2008 1:20 PM ET
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Try her older books - i.e. Patty Jane's House of Curl and Honky and Hollar Cafe, they're great!

Denise

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 4:40 PM ET
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I love love love Patty Jane.  I found the writing, and story, to be marvels.  I didn't even finish The Great Mysterious, but did enjoy Angry Housewives.  I know a lot of women didn't like that one at all.  Oh, I enjoyed Oh, My Stars...a very different story as the heroine had one arm and tinnitus!

The Honk and Holler...wasn't that by Billie Letts?

Subject: Lorna Landvik
Date Posted: 8/5/2008 12:15 AM ET
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I have Patty Jane's House of Curl and The Tall Pine Polka on my bookshelf. Really fun reading - I've read Oh, My Stars and Angry Housewives as well.
Date Posted: 8/5/2008 1:26 AM ET
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I've only read Patty Janes House of Curl. I read it when I was 16. I recently ordered it through PBS, but have not reread it yet.

Date Posted: 8/5/2008 2:36 AM ET
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Leigh, what I liked was how she brought humor to the plot.  I don't normally find books funny, but she made me laugh.  It's rare.

Date Posted: 8/5/2008 9:52 AM ET
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I really think Lorna Landvik is way underrated. Angry Housewives was fun, but Oh My Stars is amazing. I just read Patty Jane's House of Curl and it's just very rich and lovely.

Date Posted: 8/5/2008 5:13 PM ET
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Jessica, that is it!  What a precise way to describe PJ...very rich and lovely.  I recommend that all the time as a wonderful read that just broke my heart and had me bawling with minimal words.  I always worry then, that I may have overrated the book! 

Have you read the Great Mysterious?  I was so surprised that I didn't like it at all.  I felt it was a way overdone romance plot.  But then...could have been my mood at the time...

Date Posted: 8/5/2008 8:35 PM ET
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I've enjoyed all her books so far and...I even got to meet her!   She came to speak at a library in a nearby town.  She is SO easy to listen too-she has a great sense of humour.  After she spoke, she signed all the books I own by her.  She signed the date, my name, and my daughter's, and wrote a different sentence in each book with her signature!  IMO not many authors would take the time to write a sentence in each book, with so many other people waiting. 

I enjoyed all of her books, but liked "Your Oasis On Flame Lake" the best.

Date Posted: 8/6/2008 10:18 AM ET
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I LOVE Landvik!!!!  Patty Jane's House of Curls is my favorite.

Date Posted: 8/6/2008 2:23 PM ET
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I haven't read Welcome to the Great Mysterious, but I do think I have it in my TBR. Will keep that in mind, Bonnie, if I ever get around to reading it!!

Date Posted: 1/15/2009 11:38 PM ET
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Well, I finally read Your Oasis on Flame Lake, and enjoyed it quite a bit.  Then today I just finished Tall Pine Polka and absolutely loved it.  It, the tone and the people, reminded me of my favorite, Patty Jane's House of Curl.  Sure, sometimes it got a bit far-fetched, a tad too hokey, but then it would straighten up and get more serious and full of warmth and friendship and humor...oh, I do recommend it. It had a different, interesting plot, too.

Ok, the chapter before the epilogue was too pat and gooey for my taste, but the epilogue was terrific.  And I just can't criticize a whole wonderful book for one chapter of hoke!

 

Date Posted: 1/16/2009 6:00 AM ET
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Angry Housewives is so far beyond being a good book, it nearly leaves me speechless.  The writer has given us a group of women who are so well-written, they seem as if you should invite them home for dinner.  Or maybe just invite them over for coffee.  They're so real, I found myself aching in pain whenever something happened to any of them.  Definately a WONDERFUL book.

Katz