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Subject: May - what books are we reading now?
Date Posted: 5/1/2014 10:04 AM ET
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I finally finished The Regency Detective and this book had the strangest ending I think I've encountered in a loooong time. Definitely a "set-up" to read the enxt one, although not quite what I would call a cliff hanger. Can't decide what I want to pick up next....

Date Posted: 5/1/2014 11:16 AM ET
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I'm beginning The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty, an ARC that I would be willing to send anyone who wants it as soon as I finish it.

Date Posted: 5/1/2014 1:06 PM ET
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Happy May!  I hope everyone here is safe from the fires and floods.  I'm really enjoying The Painted Bridge, which I'm reading for my IRL book group.
 

Date Posted: 5/1/2014 1:39 PM ET
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REK - I enjoyed The Chaperone, I hope you do too.

Thanks to the fabulous Aimee, I'm reading The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin. I started it last night and so far am greatly enjoying.
 

Date Posted: 5/1/2014 3:36 PM ET
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A Woman of Chicago by Kit Prate. Love those older books with no reviews, always a surprise package.

Date Posted: 5/1/2014 11:41 PM ET
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Falls the Shadow SKP

 

Date Posted: 5/2/2014 12:44 AM ET
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I've just begun The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick. It's off to a splendid start, but the post-op pain meds I'm on make it a struggle to not doze off every few pages. Hoping I'll be able to start it in earnest this weekend, once I'm mostly off the meds.

Date Posted: 5/2/2014 9:56 AM ET
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Rest and feel better soon Aimee.

Date Posted: 5/2/2014 3:13 PM ET
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I hope you feel better soon Aimee!

I've started reading Grail Knight by our Angus. 

 

 

Date Posted: 5/2/2014 7:39 PM ET
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Aimee --- Please forgive me, I totally forgot exactly when you were having your surgery.  I hope that it went smoothly for you and that you will be feeling much better very soon.

Date Posted: 5/2/2014 11:30 PM ET
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Feel better, Aimee. Hopefully the pain will abate soon.

I am about to start the first Flavia deLuce book.

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Date Posted: 5/3/2014 11:33 AM ET
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I am reading The Lavender Garden: A Novel :: Lucinda Riley. It switches between modern times and WWII. Modern time part of the story is so so but I really like the WWII part. It is about the how the British Intelligence agents helped liberate France. St in 1943. this book is my first by Lucinda Riley.

 

Alice

Date Posted: 5/3/2014 6:02 PM ET
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The Movement of Stars
Author: Amy Brill

A love story set in 1845 Nantucket, between a female astronomer and the unusual man who understands her dreams. — It is 1845, and Hannah Gardner Price has lived all twenty-four years of her life according to the principles of the Nantucket Quaker community in which she was raised, where simplicity and restraint are valued above all, and a woman's path is expected to lead to marriage and motherhood. But up on the rooftop each night, Hannah pursues a very different -- and elusive -- goal: discovering a comet and thereby winning a gold medal awarded by the King of Denmark, something unheard of for a woman.

And then she meets Isaac Martin, a young, dark-skinned whaler from the Azores who, like herself, has ambitions beyond his expected station in life. Drawn to his intellectual curiosity and honest manner, Hannah agrees to take Isaac on as a student. But when their shared interest in the stars develops into something deeper, Hannah's standing in the community begins to unravel, challenging her most fundamental beliefs about work and love, and ultimately changing the course of her life forever.

 

Inspired by the work of Maria Mitchell, the first professional female astronomer in America, The Movement of Stars is a richly drawn portrait of desire and ambition in the face of adversity.

Date Posted: 5/3/2014 7:26 PM ET
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Bailed on The Pride of the Trevallians by Carola Salisbury. Victorian era gothic set mostly in Cornwall. I like the other two of her books I've read, but this was just not interesting, let alone a dishrag heroine and jerk of a hero. Life's too short. Just started White Rani by Caroline Gray. Malaysia, rubber tree plantation. 

Edit: don't anyone get carried away and click and order. I just looked up the author's profile on GR. Anyone recall Alan Savage?



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Date Posted: 5/3/2014 9:05 PM ET
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Oh Yes! I remember now:

After Alan Savage, no one does squicky sex.  Seriously.  NO ONE is as bad as Alan Savage.   

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I 've done my best to forget him.

I think those were your comments Cathy - lol!

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Date Posted: 5/3/2014 9:10 PM ET
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Good to know Lisa. I have the book but have not read it yet.

Alice

Date Posted: 5/4/2014 3:13 AM ET
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I also have The Movement of Stars on Mt. TBR. Looks like it is gaining some popularity!

smiley

Date Posted: 5/4/2014 10:25 AM ET
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@Jeanne. 60 pages in, but so far it isn't reading like the 'historical entertainments' he wrote under the Savage name. I'm actually enjoying it. 1902, daughter of some English lord elopes with brash American photographer, and instead of jail for him and the scandal of divorce for her, they agree to go to Malaya and attempt to make a go of planting rubber trees. 

Date Posted: 5/4/2014 10:32 AM ET
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Cathy - you think it's the same Alan Savage????? lol! Maybe he decided to "mend his ways".wink

Date Posted: 5/4/2014 12:00 PM ET
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Jeanne, according to the author bio at Goodreads, it is one and the same. He/She has a ton of pseudonyms with a wide variety of genres. One is used for what Karla calls Plantation Porn, another for a line of cray-cray bodice rippers. Maybe I got lucky. Going to dive back in shortly, so I'll let you know. The elopement and consummation of the marriage was really tame, and I really enjoyed the ramifications of said elopement and the scene with her parents/husband, so I'm still hopeful. Right now they've been banished to Malaya to eke out a rubber tree plantation out of the jungle wilderness. 

Date Posted: 5/4/2014 12:47 PM ET
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Cathy --- After much angst they will no doubt be madly in love and rubber barons!!!!

Date Posted: 5/4/2014 3:38 PM ET
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@ Becky, I hope so, but there is a hint of something in the future with a very handsome, wealthy Hindu prince.

@ Jeanne, page 100 still ni squicky sex, but out in the jungle fighting leeches, tigers and cobras that would be a challenge.

Date Posted: 5/4/2014 4:27 PM ET
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This is fun, Cathy - getting these periodic snippets of what's happening! smiley

Date Posted: 5/4/2014 5:05 PM ET
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@ Jeanne, I'll keep you up to date. Heroine had to go back to England to have baby. Stayed true to husband and now returning? Don't know if he'll ba changed or not. I'm actually enjoying this.

Date Posted: 5/4/2014 5:42 PM ET
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My oh my --- Lions & tigers & bears, oh my!!!  Hope all ends well.  May just have to read that one myself, Cathy.

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