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Subject: Marsha Canham recommendation
Date Posted: 6/4/2008 7:35 PM ET
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Everyone speak so highly of her.  What book (s) would you recommend reading first?

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 7:53 PM ET
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All of them:P

Okay, seriously...  get everything you can get at used book prices or from here.  The expensive collectibles should be left until if & when you become a true fan.  It's really easier to say what's not so great.  Midnight Honor - boring.  Like auditing a history class.  It's part of a good series, but you don't have to read that one though, as it doesn't involve the characters from books 1 & 2.  Straight for the Heart is something of a yawner too, but not bad.  I grade it at C+.  Something a Canham fan will simply have to read, but not anything I'd recommend to someone just starting to read her books.  My forever Love - a decent book, but there's no darned sex in it to speak of, and it's not up to her usual standard.  Another C+.  Everything else - The Robin Hood trilogy, the Dante pirate series, the Highlander books, Pale Moon Rider, Under the Desert Moon, Swept Away...  get them - and read them preferably in order - and you should be very happy with them.  If you need titles on the series books, just let me know.  I have to go out & run errands, but I'll be glad to give you a list of what's in what series and what order they come in when I have a few mins to type it out:)

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 8:04 PM ET
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This list is a good start. My library carries some of the titles but I didn't know where to start and lately historicals have not been doing it for me so I didn't want to start one without giving her the benefit. I just don't know how I've missed her all this time. The series sound like they may be a little different than the run of the mill....I alway did like Robin Hood so maybe I'll start there. Thanks. I appreciate the response.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 8:38 PM ET
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Well, if you enjoy Robin Hood stories, you should love those.  And they're really her best stuff anyway, IMO:P  I didn't do this myself, just because I knew nothing about her books really when I started picking them up, but read them in order if you can.

#1 Through a Dark Mist

#2 In the Shadow of Midnight

#3 The Last Arrow

Last Arrow is probably my favorite, but that is such a close run thing, it's almost not worth mentioning.  All three are so, so good, and I love each of them separatey, and especially together.  It's one of the best put together series I've ever read - actually the best, as far as I'm concerned.  She builds her own Robin Hood legend starting with the first book and carries it through to the last, and all three books fit together so perfectly and retell the story in such a unique way.  I can't stress enough how much I love it.  I've had that series for about 3 years and I've re-read all of them more than once, and I'm sure I will again... more than once:P

 



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Date Posted: 6/4/2008 11:05 PM ET
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I have the Last Arrow in my TBR pile.  Would I be hopelessly lost if I just read this one before reading the others?  I've heard some (maybe all?) of her books were cliffhangers.... 

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 11:18 PM ET
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I've got them all on my tbr and I'm going to have to bring them to the top of my list Kim, you convinced me.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 11:21 PM ET
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Tina, I would read them in order.  You will enjoy them much more.  She is one of my favorite authors.

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 12:41 AM ET
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Oh hmmm... So then, is anyone having a book deal on the first 2 of the series? LOL I need Through a Dark Mist and In the Shadow of Midnight.

 

No rush at all... if you ever feel like letting go of your copies, please send me a PM... it'll be months before I run out of things to read... 

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 1:24 AM ET
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I don't have extras of those, but there's a big library sale here this weekend and maybe I'll get lucky:)  Will try anyway.

As for cliffhangers - the only actual cliffhanger I know of that she's written is The Pride of Lions, which is followed up with Blood of Roses.

The rest of the series books aren't real cliffhangers, but the Robin Hood series is best read in order.  But it's a series that's almost like a book in itself, continued across the three books and three generations - well, actually two, one of the heros is an older half brother  - of the Wardieu family.  That's just the best way to say it.  You have to let the entire story unfold - the way it was meant to be told - to get the most out of it.



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Date Posted: 6/5/2008 8:20 PM ET
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Ok, thanks for clearing that up for me, Kim... I've stayed away from this author because I heard her books were mostly cliffhangers...  If you see the books I'm looking for at the sale, please send me a PM, thanks so much! :D :D

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 9:12 PM ET
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Kim,

Thanks for posting the order. I can't wait to start her....It'll be nice to try another new author!!!

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 11:22 AM ET
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Oh, you're very welcome:)  It's always my pleasure to turn someone on to Marsha Canham.  She's my favorite historical romance writer, and such a sweet, wonderful lady.  She has a comparitively small fan base compared to a lot of other really good writers - a lot of romance readers just don't know about her, so I always try to mention her name when people are looking for something new & different, and really good.  It's sort of exciting to me to know when someone is reading her books for the first time, and I'm a little envious of them for it:P