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  1. I actually have it right now and am having a hard time getting past the first few pages. I'll work at it some more ...
  2. I've not read either of those ...
  3. I'm going to have to find my copy of The Ivy Tree ... I don't recall struggling with it. Fantastical, unrealistic plots are so much a part of Gothic romances. It has been a long, long time since I read it, though. I also like Wildfire at Midnight and Madame Will You Talk ... There are a whole lot of Gothic romances I haven't read on the bibliography on her Wiki (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Stewart_(novelist) ) page. I also didn't know she was Lady Stewart. Cool.
  4. I finished The Weaver Takes a Wife that Karen recommended and it was as sweet and charming as she said. I also finished Heyer's The Reluctant Widow which Amy had asked about weeks ago. It was fun and exciting, although not as romantic and had a pretty unbelievable plot line as many Heyer books. I read a Joan Smith with a similar plot device, Delsie. Also, today is the day on my blog where I host a link in for words that have been meaningful in your previous week's reading (http://ladydusk.blogspot.com/2014/10/wednesdays-with-words-such-twisted.html), any of you are welcome (encouraged) to share.
  5. I finished St Cyr #9 last night. Very good. Thanks to mum and Amy for introducing me. #10 comes out in March ... Next to try The Weaver Takes a Wife.
  6. It's $4 for kindle, I'll give it a shot when I finish my last two st Cyr books.
  7. I finished St Cyr #7 last night about 12:30. It has more of those not-so-subtle anti-religion themes which was annoying (and only vaguely plot-necessary). But the character development and mystery were both quite good. As the series has developed, I like how historically sensitive Harris has been - including a discussion of the choices she's made and the true history she's included. She doesn't change the outcomes of history, but has her characters being involved and influences. It's fascinating. Thanks for the well wishes, I am feeling much better today. Hooray.
  8. One good thing about being sick is I don't feel bad for neglecting work and reading. I picked up St Cyr #6 - Where Shadows Dance - last night and finished this noontime. Happy Sigh.
  9. I brought home an unwanted souvenir from Hilton Head: a head cold. Boo. I read two Flufferton Abbey books from an author some of you may enjoy: Valerie King. The first is free Wicked and Wonderful. It's a little crazy, but nice and different. The second is Wonderful Harriet and less creative but pretty well written. She has several others I may try in the coming weeks. I picked up the next two St Cyr books from the library, though. :)
  10. We finished listening to Roald Dahl's The BFG and now we're listening to The Mysterious Benedict Society as we drive across South Carolina toward Ohio ...
  11. So after my debacle yesterday, last night I read almost all of St Cyr #4 and finished it this morning then finished #5 this afternoon. I'm glad the series really picked up after #3 and the icky factor was cleared up to my satisfaction. The cliffhanger at the end of #5 ... that was just mean. Sadly, I'm at the beach, and will have no way to get #6, 7, 8, and 9 until we return, otherwise I suspect I would finish the series this week. Thanks, ladies! (Oh, and Angel, I do *not* recommend these for you <grin>)
  12. Thanks, ladies! I have a lot of fun doing it and have made some wonderful friends through it. I LOVED Surprised by Oxford and Holy is the Day (her second book). I powered through both of them very quickly. I couldn't keep my nose out of them. I think Carolyn Weber is amazing and follow her blog and writings. I really think what made Surprised by Oxford so wonderful to me was the way the Christian community there gathered and strengthened and taught her in loving fellowship. Fantastic book, and despite its length a very quick read. Madeleine L'Engle has long been my favorite author, Weber's writing reminds me of her in vocabulary, cadence, and syntax. I, not having a 10 year old yet (until Monday) and being a more conservative reader with similar sensitivities to Angel, don't think I'd give this series to a teen. As an adult, however, I think Sayers' series has a decidedly moral, Christian worldview when tackling difficult issues (despite some culturally sensitive things that have changed since Sayers' time). While the church and faith are rarely mentioned directly, allusions and strictures are often there below the surface. I'm only to Gaudy Night, so I can't say for the whole series, but I think they are worth reading as quality literature, but more for a reader who is willing to put in the work to plumb the depths. Many times the things that would bother Angel are discussed or mentioned, but not described. I think that is where the difference lies. If she can handle Silk and Barak and Belgarath in Eddings, I think she could manage Sayers ;)
  13. Yeah. At least I have book 5 when I finish 4 ;) Partially disappointed because I was enjoying the mystery itself so much.
  14. I did something very very bad. I got halfway through St. Cyr #5 before I realized it wasn't #4. Starting 4 now. [hangs head in shame] I wish mystery novels numbered the novels. Sigh.
  15. I've heard of Lady Susan but haven't read it or Sanditon. I wrote a review of MP the last time I read it: http://ladydusk.blogspot.com/2012/05/book-review-mansfield-park-by-jane.html I think I like it partially because I like to be contrary and like what others don't. I like that it is a love story of friendship and love. I like it because Fanny's priorities and right thinking protected her. I like the gentle writing. I like Fanny and identify with her introversion and thought life.
  16. I should finish tonight and have book 4 here on vacay with me. I just read the icky visit from Kat's aunt. Ick. At least if true, the door is open for Hero. Ick.
  17. Mansfield Park is my favorite Austen. I don't think either moviw adaptation is good. I, too, was watching the 1999 one when my 9 year old came into the room during that scene. Appalled is a mild word for how I felt ... Beyond being appalled that it was in the movie at all.
  18. Wildfire at Midnight is one of my faves. I haven't yet read Nine Coaches Waiting.
  19. She did. It isn't my favorite of hers, I don't like when she gets super mystical - Thornyhold is another like that. The one you're thinking of is Touch Not The Cat (http://ladydusk.blogspot.com/2010/01/book-review-touch-not-cat-by-mary.html)
  20. What a good day! One of my favorite posters, Nan in Mass , ventured into our thread ... Hi Nan! Welcome! ... And more people are loving Mary Stewart's gothics. Yayay! I'm halfway through Why Mermaids Sing (St. Cyr #3) and enjoying it.
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