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It doesn't sound silly at all :). It sounds like you're reading the right book at the right time. I'm glad you're enjoying it so far, and sharing it with us, as I'm not familiar with the story or Fanny Burney. I've also found that the books with more formal language require that I slow way down as I read, and I have to give them my full attention. I think that's good for me in many ways!


It sounds as if the story indeed has all the right ingredients at the right time, and although I donot remember its storyline it reminds me of Penmarric.


My sister-in-law used to adore Fanny Burney! She loved anything with a really tight corset in it. It is a monster book, though, just right for those long, dark winter evenings. I'm catching up after my essay crisis, and can see that it took a while to settle on this book and get into it. So glad to know it is turning into exactly the right reading experience for you!


Goodness! This book just hits the ground running! All that and it is only book one. It will be interesting to see where it goes from here.


I don't know why I don't read more classics as when I do pick them up I quite enjoy them! I hope I don't get boring since I am going to share my reading--it might take me a while to get through the book, but there seems to be plenty of other things to think and write about as well. Slowing down in reading is a good thing, I think. It's good to read books that are more thoughtful now and again.


I bought a copy of Penmarric--will have to read the description of it now. I think this is a theme that has been done over and over, but is always still enjoyable to read about!


This is indeed a good winter read--and the days are still getting shorter so I'll have plenty of nights to fill with a book like this. How funy your sister-in-law liked 'corset books'-I actually know just the sort you mean, too! I was afraid I might have gotten in over my head with this one, but I don't think that's going to be the case at all.


Yes, we're moving right along. Hugh is already meddling in the girls' love lives. I think it's going to be fun and am curious about the tone and story as well. I'll let you know how it goes! :)


I'm glad you're enjoying this so much. It does sound appealing, the length is the only thing that keeps me from ordering a copy and reading along. I'm struggling a bot with Great Expectations although it isn't even that long.


It's funny as I am also reading Susan Howatch's Cashelmara, which is just over 700 pages, but as it is more of a comfort read I don't feel the length of it at all--I happily carry it with me in my bookbag to work--but then it's 'easy reading'--the style is easy to get into and the story very absorbing. I really am enjoying Camilla, but it is much more slow going. It took me a while to read David Copperfield when I read it a few years ago. Hopefully you won't get bogged down in Great Expectations! A Christmas Carol should be pretty easy--of course the story is so well known anyway, I think it will move pretty fast.

Rebecca H.

I decided to read this with you and am about 300 pages into it. I'm enjoying it. I read maybe 30-40 pages a day. I think you sum up the book's basic situation very well. I like the various characters -- Hughes's good-hearted idiocy, Lionel's infuriating high-spirits, Eugenia's bookishness, etc.


You are moving along at a nice pace! I have been concentrating on other books for the last few weeks so I've not made much progress. I may not get really into it until I am on vacation from work, but I'm glad to hear you're enjoying it since you are much further along than me! I'm not sure if you'll get a chance to write about it since I expect you are going to be very busy in the next few months especially, but I would love to hear what you think about it when you finish. I think you already have read her Journals, didn't you?

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