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Subject: Virtual Book Club - March Book Selection
Date Posted: 2/3/2010 10:14 AM ET
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Hi everyone,

Its time to start talking about what book we would like to read for March.  Maybe something with an Irish theme or Author?  I have two Maeve Binchy books on my TBR pile:

Silver Wedding and Copper Beech

Any other suggestions?

Date Posted: 2/6/2010 9:56 PM ET
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Does anyone have any suggestions for the March book?

Date Posted: 2/6/2010 10:35 PM ET
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Neither is a romance, though good stories.

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How about the Irish Devil?

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 7:16 AM ET
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Who writes that Willa?

 lol, I didn't think the Binchy books were true romances but that was all I could think of at the time.  lol

Several of Nora Roberts books also take place in Ireland but I think those are all series books. 

I am reading PS I love you right now and that takes place in Ireland.  I am really enjoying it.  Its very different from the movie though (at least from what I can remember of the movie). 

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 9:02 AM ET
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 How about The Passions of Emma  by Penelope Williamson.  Irish hero.  Great book.

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 9:47 AM ET
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The only Irish Devil book I know is by Diane Whiteside. I liked it. 

I can't think of any Irish themed books off the top of my head but that Nora Roberts Irish series which I can't name off hand.  (Born in Sin?)

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 9:50 AM ET
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OK I have a couple Ireland related ones in my TBR:

The Wild Sight: An Irish tale of deadly deeds and forbidden love :: Loucinda McGary

Calico :: Raine Cantrell

Lady of Conquest :: Teresa Medeiros

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 10:38 AM ET
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I'll need to see where I stand in my swap books before I can commit to the March discussion....I still have several more to read. But I love the idea of an Irish theme, and I'll be tuning in to read your suggestions. I'm a sucker for a man in a kilt. ;-)

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 12:13 PM ET
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I can definitely recommend The Passions of Emma - I just finished it.  There's also Whispers of Heaven by Candice Proctor.  Set in Tasmania, but the hero is Irish & it has a similar theme with the class differences between the H&H.  I'd also highly recommend Conor's Way by Laura Lee Guhrke, except for it's difficult to come by a copy of it, & I seriously doubt there's enough time to loan mine around to everyone:P 

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 1:04 PM ET
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I have Lady of Conquest in my TBR so I'd vote for that. I hear it's a good ole fashioned bodice ripper, whee! :-)

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 1:23 PM ET
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Lady of Conquest sounds good to me too.  If we are all OK with that, then, :D our March book is:

Lady of Conquest :: Teresa Medeiros

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 2:18 PM ET
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Kimberly Cates (or Kimberleigh Caitlin) wrote some Ireland set books in the '90's.  They were pretty good. Nightwilde was good.

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 2:20 PM ET
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Do Irish men wear kilts? I thought that was a Scottish thing. 

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 5:15 PM ET
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Uhhhm... Just an FYI, I tried to read Lady of Conquest once & it was a major wallbanger for me.  It's one of those really hideous big misunderstanding relationships, and very medieval about it.  Like the hero spending almost the entire book thinking the heroine is a scheming trollop, rapes & subjugation, and all that (not) good stuff.  Matter of fact, I think AAR gave it an F review.

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 9:17 PM ET
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Oh hell, I don't care. We're trying to cover a variety of different types of books, right? ;-)  And some of us like that sort of thing.

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 9:46 PM ET
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Well just think of the discussion if we all hate it. 

I've been in the mood for a good old fashioned bodice ripper. 

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 10:46 PM ET
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The Romance Reader actually gave it 4 stars: http://www.theromancereader.com/medeiros-lady.html

AAR did indeed give it an F: http://www.likesbooks.com/cgi-bin/bookReview.pl?BookReviewId=3535

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 11:26 PM ET
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Well just think of the discussion if we all hate it. 

Lol.  True.  I just thought I'd mention it so nobody goes into this thing expecting too much:P  I only picked it up it because of the TRR review, and saw the AAR review after I started it & was wondering wth the reviewer was smoking.



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Date Posted: 2/8/2010 1:42 PM ET
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lol, I say we do it for the discussion too.  So it sounds like we have the March book.

After all kinds of mix-ups, I finally got the February book today so I will start to read it tonight in order to have discussion questions next week.

Date Posted: 2/8/2010 1:55 PM ET
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Ok, if that's the one everyone wants, put me down as a participant.  I'll have to scrounge around the UBS & see if I can find a copy, so I can go back & finish it.  Not going to willingly order one, that's for sure:P  The one I had was with a big stack of Medeiros books I got from my friend who had the UBS that went out of business, and I posted & ended up swapping all of them after I dropped that one.  Which might have been a bad idea, since I later heard that several of the others were pretty good - lol.



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Date Posted: 2/8/2010 2:51 PM ET
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I don't know if Medieros would appeal to you in general, Kim... I like some of her books a lot, but she does tend towards the purple prose, heavy sentimentality and convoluted plots.

Date Posted: 2/8/2010 3:34 PM ET
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I think I posted about her back when I read - or rather, tried to read - LoC, asking about Charming The Prince & some others, & was it worth it to hang on to those books, and I got more negative responses than positive ones.  Seems like you said something similar to what you just said, Willa.  Ok, but likely not something that would appeal to me.  LoC too, for all of the references to the things the hero does to the heroine, I can remember there not being any actual sex scenes in it - which you know for sure ain't my cuppa:P

Date Posted: 2/8/2010 4:52 PM ET
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There's definitely sex in her other books, in fact I credit her (specifically, _The Bride and the Beast_) as being the author who got me into reading sex scenes in romance, which previously I couldn't stand!  And on the plus side, her books have some humor and just a touch of realism that I've always liked in the sex scenes.

Date Posted: 2/8/2010 8:00 PM ET
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Huh?  What's the February book?   ---- Medeiros doesnt sound good to me but I'll give it a shot.  You never know.  I'm going to order it today.

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