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Subject: Valerie Anand
Date Posted: 2/14/2010 8:17 PM ET
Member Since: 7/15/2008
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Some of her older books just got mentioned over at Goodreads and I thought I'd throw her hat in the ring here. While I found her current *Exmoor* books rather dull, she's got some older historical novels worth checking out. The best is a series on the Norman Conquest starting with Gildenford. The rest are The Norman Pretender, The Disputed Crown and King of the Wood. Gildenford starts during the reign of Emma and Edward the Confessor and the next two through the Norman conquest and beyond. It's fun seeing Anand's version of Judith and Waltheof compared to EC's in The Winter Mantle. King of the Wood (which can read as a stand alone) ends with the *murder* of William Rufus.

She also wrote a six book series referred to as the Bridge Over Time Series and starts about the same time as Gildenford but tells the story of the Conquest and beyond through the POV of  villeins and yeomen. The Harrowing of the North is terrifying. I've read the first five and the last two really dropped off but one day I want to finish it out. Series (I think I have it right), The Proud Villeins, The Ruthless Yeomen, Women of Ashdon, The Faithful Lovers, The Cherished Wives, The Dowerless Sisters (which is the hardest of all to find).

These are quite hard to find and ILL is probably your best bet. I did spot a used PB of Gildenford on Amazon today for around $10 and the HB are actually the cheapest I've seen them in three years - http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=gildenford&x=0&y=0. Perhaps someone's getting ready to re-issue them. *fingers crossed*

Date Posted: 2/14/2010 9:33 PM ET
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I've read Gildenford and second Cathy's recommendation.  I plan on reading The Norman Pretender in the next couple of months.

Date Posted: 2/14/2010 9:47 PM ET
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Thanks Daphne. OMG, I was just looking at the used prices and they have SOARED since I purchased them, especially the Norman Pretender.

Date Posted: 2/14/2010 10:13 PM ET
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Linda has read the Norman Conquest books and really liked them. The books are mouldering on one of my TBR shelves, but I may make a concerted effort to get to them sooner rather than later ...

Kelly

Date Posted: 2/15/2010 1:36 PM ET
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I bought mine more than a year ago (maybe almost 2 years ago) and I think I got them for less than $10 each.  I told my husband that I need to put together a list of books that he might be able to sell for some good prices if anything ever happens to me - oherwise, he'd probably just donate them all to Goodwill!

Date Posted: 2/15/2010 2:05 PM ET
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Lol, I told my family the same thing - if anything happens to me not to just go tossing all my old used books in a goodwill box without checking first.