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Date Posted: 10/15/2009 11:28 AM ET
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I  would like to add a blanket Spoiler alert for this thread - in order to allow for free flowing discussions, we will be exploring all parts of the book, most likely giving away the entire story line.  Please do not read this thread if you wish to read the book without any preconceived notions.

Feel free to answer any or all questions listed, I came up with quite a few, but we don't need to touch on all of them.

Characters:

What did you think of Tyrone?  Was his character believeable?  What did you like best about him? What did you like least?

What about Renee?  Was she a leading lady you could get behind?

In several different discussions, people have mentioned that they don't like children in the stories.  How did you feel Antoine added or distracted from the over all story?

Story:

Besides Love Conquers All, what do you think the theme of the story was?  Why?

What draws you or pushes you away from these types of stories?

What was your favorite scene in the story?

Overall (going forward, I will end all discussion question lists with these questions so you may want to keep them in mind as you read our other books up for discussion):

What was your overall experience with the book?  How did it make you feel?

Who in the book would you most like to meet?

If you could insert yourself into the story, what role would you play?

If

Date Posted: 10/15/2009 12:20 PM ET
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I loved the book, it was a little slow going at first, but in short order I was drawn into the story. I thought Tyrone and Renee made a good couple and they were both finely drawn characters. I thought Renee's brother was good for the story, because that was the only thing that would make Renee do what needed to be done. I was hoping there was a sequel to the book for his story. My only beef with the book was the ending felt rushed. I also wanted Renee's Uncle to get his evil due and he didn't. They ran away and he got the jewels and riches. Now I understand that Tyrone couldn't come clean, I got that, but couldn't a letter have found its way to the French gov't alerting them to what was really going one. I mean Rafe and the other evil guy got what they deserved. So I felt that was a weak point in the story. Crime should never pay. :-) Overall I am very happy to have read the book.

Date Posted: 10/15/2009 2:36 PM ET
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Ok, going to tackle the theme question since I have a little bit of time here. 

I think the theme of the book, besides the love conquers all thing, is greed.  I think the author shows us how all consuming not only love is but greed.  She points out the similiarities of the two emotions.  Both cause great upheaval within our lives, both can take control of our every move if we let them, both effect our thinking to the point where the emotion completely takes over blocking out our ability to reason or think clearly.  Renee shows this with love for her brother and her feelings for Tyrone once he comes back to the house after he was shot by Roth.  Roth of course shows the greed portion in his abusive treatment of women, of course through the desire for the money and power, and through using all characters, even those who are on the same side as he is.

Date Posted: 10/15/2009 2:43 PM ET
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I still have about 20 pages to go. I'll probably post answers sometime this evening. 

Date Posted: 10/15/2009 2:47 PM ET
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sounds good.  No need to rush, we aren't going anywhere.  :)

Date Posted: 10/15/2009 2:53 PM ET
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Maybe I missed something, but I never really understood why Tyrone was stealing.  Especially since he just saved everything in that secret closet.  The author tried to rectify his character when he said that he almost felt guilty robbing from the young couple near the end of the story and that he had robbed them only to let off steam.

Anyway, I loved the h/h.  I love the vulnerablity portrayed in both characters.  I thought the romance was constant throughout the story.  I have a problem when blondes are described as having silver hair....just seems weird to me.  I felt like Tyrone was the quintessential hero......tall, dark, handsome, strong, capable yet vulnerable in his weaker moments.

It was one of the best historical romances I've read in a long time.

Date Posted: 10/15/2009 9:55 PM ET
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I thoroughly enjoyed the book and thought it was fun and engaging.  I think this book would make a great movie.

What did you think of Tyrone?  Was his character believeable? 

Hmm... I had doubts about the whole thief-with-a-heart-of-gold thing but thought Canham brought it off as well as anyone could. Monica mentioned she never understood why he was stealing, and I think that's a great question. Canham was clear that he was raised with an excellent education and standard of living and then forced into manual labor. I'd guess that he could have become a secretary or something, but there was such limited social mobility at the time that I don't think he could have been accepted as a gentleman doing only honest labor. Canham also defends him saying he steals only from the rich and only kills when justified... I had some trouble with that.

What about Renee?  Was she a leading lady you could get behind?

She's a more straightforward character, and I liked her. Usually I have trouble getting behind girls who want the bad boy, but Tyrone was the only decent person in her life.

In several different discussions, people have mentioned that they don't like children in the stories.  How did you feel Antoine added or distracted from the over all story?

I didn't think of him as a child, and I thought that Renee's treatment of him added a lot to her character.

Besides Love Conquers All, what do you think the theme of the story was?  Why?

I thought it was a story of three very different people (Tyrone, Renee and Antoine) finding they were too restricted in the Old World and setting out for a bright new life somewhere else... kind of a classic emigrant tale.

I also thought it was a story about class... Tyrone was raised to be a gentleman although he wasn't born one, and he was wronged by the aristocracy when he was cast back into manual labor. Renee was born to the aristocracy, and peasants cast her out and murdered her family. There was a kind of symmetry there.

What was your overall experience with the book?  How did it make you feel?

I really enjoyed it as a fun story. I think that the plight of aristocrats in the French Revolution has been overdone, but that may be because I was a huge Scarlet Pimpernel fan as a teenager (did you know there are several sequels to The Scarlet Pimpernel? It's a whole series...). I already mentioned my other issues. Overall, though, I could set all that aside and just enjoy a good story, and I did. I'll read more from this author.



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Date Posted: 10/15/2009 10:47 PM ET
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I did enjoy reading this story overall... I did find that it seemed to be about 50 pages too long & dragged a bit at the end.

 

-What did you think of Tyrone?  Was his character believeable?  What did you like best about him? What did you like least?

   I did like Tyrone.  I liked his vulnerability with Renee.  I also "did not get" his whole stealing from others to hide the jewels in drawers thing either.

-What about Renee?  Was she a leading lady you could get behind?

   I thought Renee needed a little more backbone... like when she just stood there when her mother was being killed.  

-In several different discussions, people have mentioned that they don't like children in the stories.  How did you feel Antoine added or distracted from the over all story?

   I couldn't help it... every time they described Antoine, with his curly blond hair & his mouthing words, I pictured Harpo Marx.  I did like his attitude and   the funny things he mouthed, though.

-Besides Love Conquers All, what do you think the theme of the story was?  Why?

   I think it was also about finding your true inner self, not who everyone thinks you are.

-What draws you or pushes you away from these types of stories?

   I think that with historical novels, the authors have a tendency to exaggerate the problems & social situations.  I also felt that the constant mentioning of the French Revolution grew tiresome.  I also agree that the uncle should have been punished.   I find the villains to be a bit overdone also.

-What was your favorite scene in the story?

   I have two... and I think they show two totally different sides of Tyrone.  The first is the scene where Tyrone sneaks into Renee's room for the first time... he seems so strong & dark.  The other is the scene where Tyrone wakes up in the secret room after he's been shot, and we see a much more vulnerable side to him.  (And I think I liked that side best...)

-What was your overall experience with the book?  How did it make you feel?

    It was pretty good overall... I do feel that parts of it were a bit overdone.  I liked the first 2/3 of the book better than the last part.  I think that the ending could have been handled better... it felt "tacked on" to the rest of the story.  I think it should have ended at least 50 pages sooner- I didn't care for the whole "reformed man"/duel thing.

-Who in the book would you most like to meet?

   Tyrone & Finn

If you could insert yourself into the story, what role would you play?

   Who wouldn't want to be the heroine???

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 12:11 AM ET
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I haven't forgotten this, but I got very busy today and haven't had time to put down all of my thoughts on this book, and trust me, I have lots:P  Will get on here asap tomorrow & do the Q&A thing.

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 11:11 AM ET
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I have been thinking of what Debbie said about the book being a little too long and the ending sort of tacked on.  I think I would have to agree with that.  It didn't feel as cut and dried of an ending as most historical books.   It seems there were still a lot of loose ends.  When I think back to the ending I feel rushed and confused, like it was a whirlwind, sort of a smoke screen thing so you can't see what really was happening.  lol, I am also sick and on a lot of meds so that may have something to do with the confused feeling.  lol.

I think if I could come into the book as a character, I would like to be a maid that somehow treats Renee, Antoine and Finn better.  I think that would have a profound affect on the story though, it could change a lot of the dynamics especially if there is someone in the house that pays more attention to what they were doing.  But, its still an avenue I would like to explore.  What a fun creative writing assigment, put yourself in as a character and write out how the interactions would change the story....

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 3:08 PM ET
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I wouldn't want to answer the question of ...who would you want to be?  Kind of takes the realistic feel of the story away from you.  I mean, don't you just love to close a book and think their lives are still going on? To suddenly bring yourself into the story kind of akes that away.

I don't feel the ending was rushed at all.  I did have a problem with it though.  I think he shoud have duped Roth and got in the carriage and rode off.....sending Roth on a wild goose chase to find Captain Starlight.  I also thought that maybe Marlborough was going to be in on the whole thing.....sort of like another trick that Tyrone had up his sleeve.

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 8:09 PM ET
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I don't have a whole lot to say as far as analysis or criticisms of the book.  I thought it was a great read, better than most I am reading these days.  I didn't find a lot of the annoying, typical situations that I find in a lot of books.  The storyline sounded somewhat familiar.  I'm sure I read another book recently involving a highwayman.   I too didn't completely understand why he kept doing it, but it didn't really bother me. 

I thought Tyrone was sexy and I kept picturing him looking like Gerard Butler and that was enough to keep me interested, he he.  SNL this weekend :-)

I did like his alternate character, that was pretty funny.

Thanks for the recommendation, I wouldn't have read it without the suggestion.

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 8:38 PM ET
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Ok I'll try to answer these now! I'm at work so may take a whiile!

Characters:

What did you think of Tyrone?  Was his character believeable?  What did you like best about him? What did you like least?

I thought his character was believable. I liked his tender side. I think my least favorite was how he was all ga-ga over this woman from the get-go..in his line of 'business' I thought he should be more careful.

What about Renee?  Was she a leading lady you could get behind? didn't like her at first but when she stayed to take care of Tyrone my opinion changed completely. she had a LOT to lose and she risked it to do the right thing IMO. at first I thought that given different circumstances she could be very spoiled and priveleged

In several different discussions, people have mentioned that they don't like children in the stories.  How did you feel Antoine added or distracted from the over all story? he was the main point for the storyline I thought and I liked him better as time went on.

Story:

Besides Love Conquers All, what do you think the theme of the story was?  Why? not sure. I agree with whoever said greed earlier..that was definitely there. every time I read a historical, esp one wll-written like this one, it makes me so glad I live in this time in history. women and people in general were treated unfairly

What draws you or pushes you away from these types of stories? I hate injustice so that usually pushes me away from these types of stories

What was your favorite scene in the story? nothing really stands out though I liked when Tyrone was acting prissy, esp the first visit with the bad guys.

Overall (going forward, I will end all discussion question lists with these questions so you may want to keep them in mind as you read our other books up for discussion):

What was your overall experience with the book?  How did it make you feel? I ended up liking the overall story but I get upset easily with injustice-themed books and this one bothered me a bit.

Who in the book would you most like to meet? I like to be detached from this story so no one!

If you could insert yourself into the story, what role would you play? the aunt LOL nothing happened to her and she had money!

Something that bugged me with this story or rather several somethings: the blackmail theme..did this woman really thing this guy would keep his promise?? apparently with their laws they could accuse anyone of anthing at anytime so I'd have either gotten the hell outta dodge or sucked up to someone with much more power. even at the end it was that other guy who was good(the soldier Marshall? can't remember his name - who helped them and he risked a lot considering he wasn't even involved in the whole mess. also, Tyrone only received the education adn all because of the heir. just because he got more than someone of his 'station' deserved doesn't mean he was 'entitled' to that station. for that time if you weren't of the rich then you never were..right? so he was raised like a gentleman but for societal rules he never would be in that status. so was he acting out of anger or what when he was doing all the stealing? now I don't agree with that attitude but even woman's mother was killed attaacking a soldier of the enemy..I mean, what the hell did she expect to happen to her?? when your butt's whooped either conform or be prepared to die at that time in history.

Date Posted: 10/17/2009 1:20 AM ET
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First off, let me begin by saying that I really enjoyed this book, and looking forward to reading more Canham. I haven't picked up a historical romance in a while, so it was a nice switch. Canham's writing was enjoyable, as well. She writes flowery prose, but not so much that you find yourself confused. Her characters are smartly written and easy to identify with. And boy, can she write a good villain!

I'm visiting my sister this weekend, so I'm going to have to separate these into sections and come back to answer the rest. Tonight.....characters! Also, I forbade myself to look at anyone else's answers until I've written my own.

Characters:

What did you think of Tyrone?  Was his character believeable?  What did you like best about him? What did you like least?

Tyrone, Tyrone, Tyrone......what a fun, interesting character! I'm a sucker for a well-written rogue with redeeming qualities, and he had them in spades. I loved his alter ego and how he used it to fool his enemies. That provided some welcome moments of laughter in this book. I thought his character was believable enough, but towards the end, I wished we were given a bit more depth into his thoughts and why he had such a change of heart toward "settling down" and why he did what he did for Renee, in particular his willingness to give up his life to save her valet.  Best - his good heart, his sense of humor, his humanity. Least - his lifestyle (I didn't really buy into the "It's exciting!" line he gave Renee. I like my thieves to have a bit more purpose behind their dastardly deeds); and often it seemed he tried too hard to be nonchalant. Overall, though, I loved him. :-)

What about Renee?  Was she a leading lady you could get behind?

Renee was a bit of a surprise for me. Usually, as soon as I hear that "quiet" "slender," "silvery/gold hair," and the whole "blue-eyed doe" routine, I admit to a pre-conceived notion that I won't like her - the epitome of the damsel in distress who can't think on her own. But Renee had a bit of fire in her that lit up her character. She stood for what she believed in, she didn't play the meek mouse, rather, she spoke her thoughts. Her harrowing past dictated her actions, but not who she was. And I loved that she was French. After taking high school and college classes in the language, it was nice to brush up a bit.

My one big beef with her was towards the end, and her leading questions to try to get Tyrone to profess his love. That was kind of an eye-roller for me.

In several different discussions, people have mentioned that they don't like children in the stories.  How did you feel Antoine added or distracted from the over all story?

I've never really had a problem with children in stories. Let me rephrase that - I've never read a book in which I had a problem with a child character. Antoine was no different. He was very much in the background throughout, though, until the end. And even then, he acted admirably, standing up for his sister (a very brave thing to do, interrupt a brute of a man trying to rape your sister). He could have run for help, but he took the matter into his own hands. I enjoyed what little interaction we saw between Renee and Antoine, and later, with Tyrone. And he was a crucial part of the story - without Antoine, Renee would not have been blackmailed, for lack of a better word, into marrying Vincent, because they would not have had the false murder attempt to hang over her head.

It's bedtime. I'll share the rest of my thoughts tomorrow. :-) Good night!

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Susanna, love you comment about the aunt, lol, had me in stitches.  I like the way you think.

Gina, great description of Tyrone.  He was definitely a great leading male character and his alter ego was fun indeed.  Renee was well written too I think.  She didn't know how to act anymore with her whole life in upheaval and being on the run and now living in a world that is nothing like she grew up in.  I think Canham did a good job showing the struggle within Renee and when enough was enough she did what she had to do.  It showed real growth to her character and I liked it.  I am not a big fan of the oh woes me heroine and I really like seeing Renee evolve into such a strong woman.

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 8:48 PM ET
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Jeez!  It took me forever to get back to this.  I had a busy weekend & then my son had surgery today to remove some glass that was still in his head from the wreck.  Anyhoo...

To me, this story is just pure action/adventure; more like a film on paper, which is a common trait that all of MC's most engrossing stories share.  It's not so much like settling in with a good book as it is watching a favorite old action/adventure film, like The Mark of Zorro with Tyrone Power.  That film was very much at the back of my mind when I first read this book.  Really fast paced and exciting action/adventure films don't always necessarily tie down every loose end at the conclusion.  I don't know that seeing a secondary evil bad guy get his comeuppance is integral to the story, so long as there is a final confrontation with the main villain, and he gets his in spades.  What's important is to see the hero defeat him and ride off into the sunset with the heroine.

What did you think of Tyrone?  Was his character believeable?  What did you like best about him? What did you like least?

I loved Tyrone, and the realism of his character - how he didn't want to be the hero, but rather to feather his own nest as he had typically always done until he meets Renee - was what made him such a yummy hero, IMO.  I can't think of anything about him I didn't like.  He was precisely the sort of hero that Renee needed.  The quintessential antihero.  In other words, not perfect & virtuous, but rather someone canny & sly enough to beat the bad guys at their own game.  The typical white knight hero would have been at a loss in the situation, and would have likely bungled rescuing the fair maiden, but someone like Tyrone was perfect.  Of course, things don't turn out quite the way he planned because he falls in love.  It's classic & who can resist that?

What about Renee?  Was she a leading lady you could get behind?

Yes.  Beautiful, smart, blah-blah-blah; all of the prerequisites are there.  She's intelligent enough to know that she needs help, and doesn't mind hitting up a notorious highwayman to get it, so she has moxy.  She's tragic & infinitely devoted to her brother - willing to do anything to protect him.  Had it not been for Antoine she would have hit the road long before the story opens.  I liked her a lot.

Besides Love Conquers All, what do you think the theme of the story was?  Why?

It's action/adventure; it doesn't have to have a theme beyond pirates, highwaymen, or spies.  It just has to be edge of your seat engrossing and highly visual - which it is.

What draws you or pushes you away from these types of stories?

I love action/adventure romance.  It's my fav sub-genre, so nothing to push me away unless it's just hard to visualize or poorly written.

What was your favorite scene in the story?

When Tyrone shows up at Renee's uncle's house the day after they fool around, in his powder & prissy clothes:P  Classic scene.

What was your overall experience with the book?  How did it make you feel?

It's one of my all-time favorites, so great.  Canham can be a little prosy at times, but her stories are always engrossing & fun to read.

Who in the book would you most like to meet?

Is that a trick question?  Tyrone, of course:P

If you could insert yourself into the story, what role would you play?

Another trick question...  I wanna be the heroine!  That's what I read this daffy stuff for:P

 

 

 

 



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Kim, I have to disagree!sorry but I don't think the villains got theirs in spades. he died pretty fast. to me getting his is spades would've been for them to first s hoot off his balls..nope, beat the crap outta him then let all the whores he 'loved' so much go at  him, maybe lead him around by his little balls through the town would be even better then shoot his balls off maybe bobbit his pecker then let him bleed and suffer for a while then kill his sorry butt. THAT"S getting his come-uppance! dang I feel violent all of a s udden! ;) oops dang almost forgot..let some guys rape his sorry butt a few times then finish him off..



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*gasp* Susanna! I'm shocked! But I love it! 

 

I thought I was never going to get around to finishing these questions.....been running around too much. Sorry for the gap.

Story:

Besides Love Conquers All, what do you think the theme of the story was?  Why?

I saw many themes in this story, but first and foremost, I think this was a story about revenge. Tyrone wanted his revenge on Roth and Vincent, as did Renee. But whereas Tyrone wanted his vengeance played out because of what these men did to him personally, at first, I saw Renee's need for vengeance because of what the two men represented. She looked at these two main antagonists and saw in them the same inherent evil that she saw in the soldiers who beat her mother to death and dragged her father to his death. Later, Renee's lust for revenge was magnified by the personal wrongs these men later did, both to herself and to the ones she loved. Like Susanna (whose rant above cracked me up!) I would have liked to have seen Roth suffer a little more, and the uncle, too. 

What draws you or pushes you away from these types of stories?

What sucked me in right away was Canham's writing style. She reminded me in many ways of one of my favorite romance authors, Judith Ivory, in that her writing is intelligent, and most importantly, she's authentic. That wit and sense of humor was a plus, too. A very good balance between the action and the love story, and the relationship between Tyrone and Renee was believable. 

What was your favorite scene in the story?

My favorite scene begins around page 300, when Renee and Hart meet up at the engagement party after he's supposed to have been escaped from the tower after being wounded. Tyrone declares he's there to rescue Renee. It's a light-hearted scene, but it's the turning point for Tyrone, who is finally starting to realize that this infatuation he has with the Frenchwoman is indeed more. When she asks him, "What more do you want from me?" his reply: "Nothing. Or maybe everything. I don't know. We can work that out later." Adorable!



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Overall 

What was your overall experience with the book?  How did it make you feel?

This was one of those books where I was grasping at every spare minute I had to read it. Not just because I had a question deadline, but because both the action and the characters had me wanting more. I thought the ending was very abrupt, but everything before that was top-notch reading for me. 

Who in the book would you most like to meet?

Hmmm....well, the easy answer is Tyrone, of course. But I'm going to say Finn. I felt there was an untold story there.

If you could insert yourself into the story, what role would you play?

None, and not only because I read for the escapism. I couldn't live in times like those....I'm too much of a wuss! lol

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 11:40 PM ET
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Susanna, I plan never to get you mad at me.

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Lol, Susanna, who knew you were such a bloodthirsty wench?  What I mean by getting it in spades is the theatrical quality of that final confrontation.  You don't see the bad guys getting their nards lopped off in that kind of movie.  It's like an old-time movie scene, and the bad guy is so arrogant - I actually pictured Basil Rathbone from The Mark of Zorro as Roth:P -  he simply can't conceive the possibility that he's going to lose.  It's so classic, he thinks he's killed Tyrone & turns away, and then falls flat on his smirking face with a bullet between the eyes.  That's classic old swashbuckling adventure film justice at its finest, IMO.  And it's ultimately what I love so much about Canham.  She doesn't overplay those scenes.  She gives you some of the nastiest villains in romance, and they get theirs, but it's never overdone, and it plays well visually.

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sigh..see what these violent books do to me?!!

and I agree with Gina - I couldn't have lived in those times! I have enough trouble relaxing and escaping into those stories - I keep thinking' gosh was it really this bad to have lived in this time?!' the medievals get to me even more.

this is a book I think I'd do better reading a 2nd time..for some reason once I know how everything plays out I'm fine but I dont' do well first time through. and yes I hate being this way :( and I drive people crazy when it comes to movies...

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What kills me is that we read stories with an HEA... so hard to realize that a lot of arranged marriages didn't work. I can't imagine living when wife-beating was a culture norm.

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I just hate injustice and sounds like a lot of people were beaten or killed and hadn't even done anything wrong. Imean all it takes is power and you can frame anyone.

ok back to quilting!

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Kim, I love your comparison of the book to an old b/w action adventure film. What a great way to look at it and it gives me a whole new take on the book.

Susanna, I think I should re-read it too.  After listening to everyone else's take on the book, I think reading it a second time would change my perspective.  Sorta like that scene in Frenh Kiss with Meg Ryan where she smells the different vials before taking a sip of wine.....  lol, now I just need to get my tbr pile down enough where I can spend time re-reading books.....

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