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Subject: Penelope Williamson / The Passions of Emma
Date Posted: 6/12/2010 10:41 AM ET
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I just finished The Passions of Emma and was astounded at how hauntingly beautiful it was.  I also loved the Outsider, and Once in a Blue Moon.

It's a definite keeper. 

Didn't realize she's Candice Proctor's sister.  I also love Candice Proctor's books.   Talent runs in the family, I think.  



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Date Posted: 6/12/2010 11:05 AM ET
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Yes, I gues it does. I have read and enjoyed all of PW's, including Heart of the West. The Passions of Emma was my fav. I have read some of Candice Proctors'. I will have to start looking into her again.

Date Posted: 6/12/2010 11:19 AM ET
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Williamson just bowled me over.  The first book of hers that I read was Heart of the West, and it was a fantastic book, but not something I could read again in this lifetime - it completely wore me out.  I had glommed pretty much all of her books by then and had the rest of them laying around here forever.  I had finally come to the point where it was read them or clear them out, so picked up Keeper of the Dream, expecting it to be good but a long drawn out read.  I think I devoured it in less than a day, and then burned through the rest of them over the course of that week:P  My favorite is probably Once in a Blue Moon, but Passions of Emma was pretty awesome as well.  Not to mention The Outsider (which I just did:P), wow...  She's definitely one of my top ten, as is Candice Proctor.

Date Posted: 6/12/2010 1:43 PM ET
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I'm watching the movie of the Outsider right now. Didn't get into the book, but I mean to give it another chance -- I think it's epicness put me off.

Date Posted: 6/12/2010 2:13 PM ET
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I loved The Passions of Emma and it's definitely in my keeper shelf.  I still have Once in a Blue Moon in my tbr pile.  Maybe I'll get to read it sometime this summer.:)

Date Posted: 6/12/2010 2:35 PM ET
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I read Keeper of the Dream and didn't really like it much.  But I have since followed all the other suggestions of Kim's and not been disappointed.   So I have decided to collect her books.   Unfortunately, I have had to buy all LP copies of her books when available, because the paperbacks are so dense and small print, I can't get started.  I may never get to read Once in a Blue Moon because it is only in MMP. 

Date Posted: 6/12/2010 4:41 PM ET
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thanks for opening up this thread. I have to get off my butt n read PW. I actually borrowed HEART OF THE WEST from the library but it didnt grab me from the first page.

maybe I'll do KEEPER OF THE DREAM. I have a copy somewhere

Date Posted: 6/12/2010 5:48 PM ET
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It's a lot easier to read than Heart of the West.  My only complaint with HotW was it was just a little too epic.  And by the time the heroine gets her HEA, I was kinda picturing her as worn out - like one of those old west women who was 28 and looked like she was 60:P  I didn't happen to think about Once in a Blue Moon only being available in that teency print, Pam.  What a drag.  I'd offer to transcribe it for you, but yikes!  It's a long book:P

I'm watching the movie of the Outsider right now. Didn't get into the book, but I mean to give it another chance -- I think it's epicness put me off.

The book is much better, except if you finally do read it, you can picture Tim Daly in all his hotness:P  I didn't think it was really very epic.  Compared to most of her other work it's actually a fairly quick read.



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Date Posted: 6/13/2010 10:23 AM ET
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I agree with Kim about HoTW.  It was a little too epic for me.  It would have improved if some of the parts in the middle had been edited and shortened a bit.  By the time the heroine gets her HEA, it's almost anticlimatic.  For this reason, it was a little difficult for me to get through.   I think my fave Penelope Williamsons are in this order:  Once in a Blue Moon, Passions of Emma, The Outsider.  All are outstanding and almost equally good.  Haven't read Keeper of the Dream yet.  I think it's on my Wishlist.

 

OMG.  I didn't realize there's an Outsider movie.  I'm gonna have to get it.  Hubby needs to check netflix. 



Last Edited on: 6/13/10 10:25 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/13/2010 3:19 PM ET
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I haven't red the The Outsider, but I watched it on youtube.  Loved it!!!

I agree with Heart of the West dragging.  So much dry dusty land, it left my mouth feeling parched.laugh



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Date Posted: 6/14/2010 6:38 PM ET
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I'm excited.  My hubby found the outsider for me.  He said its much like the movie "Witness" with Harrison Ford, but set in historical times.  Sounds like the right one.  I'm excited.



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Subject: Outsider Movie
Date Posted: 6/22/2010 11:02 AM ET
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Update:

After watching the Outsider (originally a showtime movie, I believe), I have to say it was a great adaptation of the book into the movie.  They followed the book very closely and Tim Daly and Naomi Watts were great in the lead roles.  Who knew Tim Daly had such a talent for drama.    Penelope Williamson fans will not be disappointed. Gorgeous photography also, although I understand it was actually filmed in Australia I loved it!