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CARNEY'S HOUSE PARTY is one of three additional books that are related to Lovelace's Betsy-Tacy books starting with BETSY-TACY and ending with BETSY'S WEDDING. The first few books are written at an elementary school level and the rest at teenage level. CARNEY is also written like the latter.


I have heard of the Betsy-Tacy books but never actually seen them - possibly they haven't made it to this side of the Atlantic but since I have just treated myself to a set of the Katy books which I haven't read in years, I can appreciate the appeal of that genre, especially at this time of year!
Still haven't read any Virginia Woolf but I can recommend The Shooting Party - very atmospheric.

Joan Kyler

The Alice books are my favorites in the whole world. They're the only books I've read multiple times. I hope you enjoy them.


I think I am reading all out of order, but that's okay. I want to go back and read the Betsy-Tacy books next year. I ordered an omnibus edition that has the first four books in it. So I will already know about Carney when I get to those books where she appears. There is something quite nice about Carney's House Party. It sort of reminds me a little of the Little House books, but I like hearing about Vassar and living in 1911!


I think they are a big deal over here and there is even a literary society. The book is a lovely gentle read and about an era I love, so it is perfect timing really. The Virginia Woolf would really be a perfect choice, too, for my prompt, but I don't think it is going to happen. I DO want to read The Shooting Party--if not right now, maybe I will make it a January book. Edwardian England and another party--sounds good to me!


I bought the nice Modern Library edition that has two of the Alice books (are there only two?--sheesh, I don't even know for sure). I have books like that--where I have read them multiple times. I need to read these--it seems wrong somehow that I missed reading them!

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