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I just ordered Mariana...thanks for the recommendation, Danielle =-) It sounds just like something I will love and I am looking forward to a good rainy day read this summer! =-)


My copy is currently winging its way from the UK! I cannot wait. I'm happy to read that you enjoyed it and the subject matter is so very interesting. I too loved I Capture The Castle and Love in a Cold Climate. I really need to read Rebecca too though.

I've had a lot of fun this morning reading your past weeks entries too. The book about the Bayeaux Tapestry looks very interesting and I love seeing where people tap away at their computers!


Debby--This would be a great rainy day sort of book! It's a nice gentle, humorous sort of read! Let me know what you think when you get around to it.
Nutmeg--It also sort of reminds me a bit of some of Mary Wesley's books if you have ever read her. I have heard her other books are even better, so I am looking forward to reading more of her work! I can't wait to get to the book on the Bayeux Tapestry!

Dorothy W.

That sounds like a lovely book -- no problem with liking it at all, I'd say! And you're making me want to read the Mitford novels I have on my shelves; I have the one you mentioned, plus one other in the same volume. I'll bet I enjoy them.


Dorothy--I have that same book. The Mitfords were quite an interesting family--I wouldn't mind reading more about them as well! I think you would definitely enjoy her writing.


for a moment I t hought you wrote that Monica was Dicken's grandmother and I was so confused - felt like I was falling through the rabit hole. Then I went back and reread :-). I love these kind of books too. For a long time I would have said no kind of reading is "bad" but lately I'm really disillusioned with all the NIcholas Sparks and Mary Higgons Clark people seem to eat up...but still, I guess it's better than the tv, yes?


According to,
she has an autobiography, An Open Book.

I met one debutante who


My copy of Mariana has been sitting on the shelves for too long. I should move it up - it sounds so wonderful :) Oh and by the way, I tagged you on a meme but no pressure to do it.


Ooh I love Monica Dickens and don't possess this book. I really think I should, but I'm afraid of approaching the world of Persephone books and getting sucked in forever! Well, that or spending too much money....


something happened to my post.

I met a deb who only went through the ceremony to please her parents.

She was happiest when riding a motorcycle with her "bad" boyfriend.


Courtney--Oops--Sorry, I should have written that a bit clearer!! While not exactly high brwo lit, I still think it is good when someone chooses a book (even of the supermarket check out stand variety) rather than TV!
Isabel--I should look for her autobiography, though it sounds like some of her fiction is autobiographical, too. I don't think I would enjoy being a debutante for some reason--it sounds very restrictive!
Iliana--I didn't realize you had Mariana, too. It's a great book when you want something cozy to read!
Litlove--I have to look up her other books. I think you would enjoy Mariana. Watch those Persephones--they are addictive--once you start buying them, it is hard to stop!

Carl V.

I'm going to have to get this one for my wife...that way I can read it too. Sounds like perfect summer reading.


I'm going to have to locate this one, too. I absolutely loved "I Capture the Castle" and "Dusty Answer", so this sounds like my kind of thing.


One Pair of Feet is a great read and I'm amazed I still went into nurse training after reading how awful it was! Thursday Afternoon another good and lesser known MD doctor/nurse read that will have you in hysterics at how dated it all is.


Glad you loved Mariana -- I did too! I adore those Persephone books and need to get more.

As for whether reading ANYTHING is better than TV -- well, I'm not a big TV watcher, but I have to say that a well-written, well-directed, well-acted TV show or movie is more worth my time than, say, a Danielle Steel book. IMHO, of course.


OK, you're really peaking my interest with the Persephones now. Mariana, and Monica Dickens herself, sound fascinating.

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