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Subject: What Are You Reading....November
Date Posted: 11/3/2009 7:13 AM ET
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I'd love to hear about the great books you guys are reading, so i thought we could get a little discussion going about them here.

I just finished Fancy Pants by Cathy Marie Hake.  The writing and the dialog are a little choppy.  It's like an editor came through and cut out some sentences and then didn't correct the references to things in those sentences later in the paragraph.  But I loved the story.  I'm an engineer so I"m partial to those "woman in a man's world" stories.  The heroine is a young lady from England who ends up on a ranch in Texas.  The hero shares the gospel with her and uses the analogy of the rules of London society vs. the freedom of the American frontier to explain what Christ has done for us.  I thought that was a very cool example of using something she could relate to.  I'm definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series.  I looked at the descriptions of them, and all of the heroes were introduced in the first book.  The heroines each come to this town for different reasons.  Some people might call that "repetitive".... I call it a well-structured series...there's that engineer in me again! 

So.....what are you reading?

Date Posted: 11/3/2009 2:31 PM ET
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I'm reading "Oceans Apart" by Karen Kingsbury. I'd only read one other book by her and hadn't been too impressed, but I gave her another try. So far, I'm enjoying it much more than the one before. It's extremely well-written, especially when you consider the story it's telling.

Date Posted: 11/3/2009 3:01 PM ET
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I haven't read any Karen Kingbury.  When I find an author I like, I tend to want to read everything they have written and she just has too much....same reason I don't read Nora Roberts, Danielle Steele, etc.  If I'm going to pick up a book by a new-to-me author, it's usually going to be somebody with 10 - 20 books.  I have Deeanne Gist, Nancy Moser and Cathy Marie Hake on my list to work through in the foreseeable future. I may tackle Tracie Peterson as well, but she has a bunch, too.

Date Posted: 11/3/2009 5:21 PM ET
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I'm reading The Call of Zulina by Kay Marshall Strom. Very interesting read on slavery in Africa in the 1800.

Date Posted: 11/3/2009 5:34 PM ET
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i'm not really a big fan of Karen Kingsbury. I mean i'll read her, but TBH i'm not expecting anything totally outstanding. they're very soap operish to me. i'm currently reading some older Susan May Warren titles for some challenges.

Date Posted: 11/3/2009 6:57 PM ET
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Just started "Left to Tell, Finding God in the Rwandan Holocaust" and it's awesome!

Date Posted: 11/3/2009 8:47 PM ET
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Just started Fools Rush In by Janice Thompson, and so far so good. Came in the mail today from a very nice swapper (you know who you are).

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 2:57 PM ET
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I'm reading The Trophy Wives Club - and I have to say I'm not really enjoying it.  It's ok - but it's been a couple of days since I've picked it up and I don't miss it.  Normally if I don't have time to read, it drives me crazy and I find even a few minutes so I can get further in whatever I'm reading.  Not this time. 

Has anyone here read it?  Is it worth trying to finish?

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 3:05 PM ET
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I read The Trophy Wives Club from the local library, and I don't remember liking it either. Can't exactly remember why but wasn't my favorite book. I may have skimmed the rest of it just to get it done and return it.

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 9:20 PM ET
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Now I am reading Washington's Lady by Nancy Moser.  I'm really liking it, but I"m not sure why!  LOL!  It's written in the first person from Martha's point of view.  She's portrayed with a very wry sense of humor, which I like.  She's strong and totally devoted to her husband and his dreams...at least so far.  But she's also very gentle.  It's just a nice, pleasing read.

Date Posted: 11/5/2009 9:54 AM ET
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I am just starting Fair Game by Elizabeth White. Picked it up for a $1 at Mardell. Can't beat that:)

Date Posted: 11/5/2009 10:45 AM ET
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oooooo...Elizabeth White is on my list of authors to try.  Let us know what you think! 

I checked out the Mardell website after you mentioned their sale, but there is not one near me.  ;(

Date Posted: 11/5/2009 12:38 PM ET
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I have Ace Collin's Faraday Road, Jack Cavanaugh's A HIdeous Beauty, and Sharon Rogers' Unpretty sitting on my shelf, but as a busy college student, I haven't found time to read them yet. It's driving me crazy!

Date Posted: 11/5/2009 1:04 PM ET
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The Farraday Road is great!! I really enjoyed it other than it leaves you hanging at the end. I just got the second book, Swopes Ridge, which I will be reading next after I finish Fair Game.

Date Posted: 11/5/2009 3:44 PM ET
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I just picked up Fair Game and also Fireworks by Elizabeth White.  Mainly because she is from Mobile also and I wanted to see what she had written about.

I have Unpretty sitting my shelf also, along with Breach of Trust, The Bone Box, Face of Betrayal.  I really want to get to Face of Betrayal cause it sounds really good.

If you ever want a funny, sort of goofy read try out Tribulation House by Chris Well.  I read it last month and it was really funny.

Date Posted: 11/5/2009 4:01 PM ET
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I'm reading Plain Promise by Beth Wiseman. It's the third in her Daughters of the Promise series. I think it's my favorite so far!

Date Posted: 11/6/2009 1:01 PM ET
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I just finished Shadows of Lancaster County by Mindy  Starns Clark. A nice easy read but very enjoyable.  I had read her Whispers of the Bayou and had a hard time keeping focused on it, but this book was better and I'm glad I took the time to read it.

Next I'm reading Maire: Fires of Gleannmara by Linda Windsor.

Date Posted: 11/7/2009 8:26 AM ET
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I'm reading Wanda Dyson's "Abduction" which is about a psychic that helps solve crimes. It is one of the best books I think I have ever read! Whenever I start reading it, I have the hardest time putting it down. I read one of Diana Palmer's books this week which is a little unusual for me. In case you don't know she writes a lot of cowboy romance type books. It was entitled "Heartless". It had a pretty good story line and I did enjoy it. It is not Christian fiction( the love scenes were a little over the top for me), but still a good read.

Not sure what I'll read next... trying to decide between the next book in the Dyson series or a book about Queen Esther.

 

 

Date Posted: 11/7/2009 8:42 AM ET
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currently reading Act Two by Kimberly Stuart. I really like her books, they're pretty funny.

Date Posted: 11/7/2009 9:32 AM ET
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Robin, which Queen Esther book are you going to read?  I have If I Perish on TBR and was wondering if it was good.

Date Posted: 11/7/2009 9:50 AM ET
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I just got finished reading Chosen by Ginger Garrett.  Thought that was a good Esther book

Date Posted: 11/7/2009 12:40 PM ET
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I also just finished In The Shadow of the Sun King by Golden Parsons and that was pretty good. A lot of history in it. I had to go in and wishlist the second book in the series though:)

Date Posted: 11/7/2009 1:55 PM ET
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Christa,

The book about Queen Esther that I'm thinking about reading is by Trudy J. Morgan-Cole.   I think the name of it is Queen Esther: a story of Courage or something like that.  I've heard that "Chosen" by Ginger Garrett is very good.  I recently read one about Mical, the first wife of King David, and it was a wonderful book.

Date Posted: 11/7/2009 9:01 PM ET
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I just finished Washington's Lady and loved loved loved it.  I have read a couple of Nancy Moser's contemporary novels, but this is the first of her historicals I've read. It is obvious that she did her research well, and i really enjoyed reading her research notes at the end.  It is amazing how much George and Martha sacrificed for our country....George was such a reluctant leader because his heart wanted to be at his beloved Mount Vernon plantation with his "dearest".  I cried when George died.  I liked this quote in the Epilogue "It is said that there would be no United States of America without George Washington, but there would have been no George Washington without Martha."  Fascinating history and a beautiful story of mature, selfless and sacrificial love.

Now I get to start on the Deeanne Gist books!  Finally!  I have all five of them lined up to read but I keep getting interupted to read for swaps.  I'm all caught up on swap reading now, so A Bride Most Begruding is up next.



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Date Posted: 11/8/2009 2:32 PM ET
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This summer I devored the Kingsbury "Baxter" series.  Light reading for sure but I was traveling and they were just right for my mood.  I did absolutely LOVE her 9/11 series.  They are what bought me back to Christian fiction after not reading them for many years.

The last three books I've read haven't been Christian fiction.  I am ready to go back to it when I finish The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  I am finding this interesting and glad I've finally picked it up off my TBR pile. 

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