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MaryJo, was it Marion Chesney?
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Joanna, I made the mistake of seeing the Hamish Macbeth TV series first, and that's the world I wanted in the books, and of course it's quite, quite different. I still have those books, and one day will read them. But the TV series won my heart first.
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Thanks for this, Karin -- I read all these authors ages ago when I was a kid. Might be time for a reread. I love it when favorite old books are brought back to life as e-books.
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Oh yes, of course, Heidi, Katja -- how could I forget her! Sleeping in straw and drinking goats' milk and going up the mountain with Grandfather -- it sounded such fun, even though we had goats when I was little, and I know straw is prickly and itchy to sleep on. LOL And how interesting that so many of your German children's books didn't get translated into English -- rather a shame. My earliest years were spent with lots of German-speaking neighbours, and my father's good friend was Austrian, and I'm sure I was told many stories from that part of the world. My older sister would remember -- she was a teenager when I was a toddler. I can still just remember some of the German Christmas carols we sang back then.
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Ask A Wench — childhood reading at Word Wenches
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I'll follow this up, too, Sue. I've always enjoyed Mercedes Lackey's work.
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That's so interesting, Katja. When I was little we played "Cowboys and Indians" but everyone wanted to be the Indians.
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Teresa, yes indeed, what kid didn't want to own their own island and be able to camp out on it unsupervised by adults? LOL. Enid Blyton was catnip for kids. And reading was my escape, too, as most of my childhood we didn't have any kids living close and my siblings were much older and had left home. So books and animals were my friends.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2018 on Ask A Wench — childhood reading at Word Wenches
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Wow Sonya, what an amazing coincidence -- Red Lion Square and also that your aunt had lived in the same place. Did you ever read the book Ballet Shoes, by Noel Streatfield when you were a child? It's a lovely book, for 10 - 11 year olds if I remember correctly. A few years ago I recommended it to a friend whose granddaughter was studying ballet, and she loved it. Noel Streatfield did a whole series of "shoe" books. Another favorite of mine was White Boots, about ice skating.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2018 on Ask A Wench — childhood reading at Word Wenches
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Yes, Mary, Maid Marion was a good heroine, wasn't she? And the forest fairytales were always a little bit scary and adventurous. In Australia, in my state (Victoria) we had a school reader that every kid in a government primary (elementary) school read, and in the Grade 2 reader there was a story of The Hobyahs -- scary creatures who came creep-creep-creeping out of the forest . . . Scared us silly. And we loved it. *g*
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Helen, yes, those books took us on such adventures. She was brilliant at wish fulfillment for children, wasn't she?
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Misti, Prydain is a new one on me. Thank you — I'm off to investigate. Those days when teachers read books aloud to their classes — they were magical times. I wonder if they still happen, or whether school programs are now so structured that it's been squeezed out.
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Sharon, that's one of my special childhood reading places, too. I've been to Canada several times and never managed to get to Prince Edward Island. One day . . .
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Anne here, introducing the topic for this month's AAW (Ask A Wench): In your childhood reading was there a place you fell in love with? Pat: England, hands down. I read tons of Brit lit in elementary school. They used to sell Austen and Bronte in the Scholastic Library book fairs, the only time my parents gave me money for books. So I went for the great big fat books, and they were all about the white cliffs of Dover and the misty fog over the Thames and the thatched cottages in the Cotswolds. I had no idea where any... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at Word Wenches
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Thanks for letting me know, Kareni -- I made a mistake in entering the link. It's fixed now, but here it is again: http://www.lucyparkerfiction.com/too-wise-to-woo-peaceably-an-act-like-it-bonus-short-story.html
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Anne here. The winner of Lucy Parker's giveaway of her book, MAKING UP, is Tara G. I've notified Tara via email. Thanks to all who read and enjoyed the interview, and who left a comment. As always, the comment stream is a delightful part of our blog. We wenches love our readers. If you missed the interview, it's here. If you'd like to read a bonus free short story by Lucy Parker, click this link. Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Word Wenches
I loved the trailer, Mary Jo and will look forward to this movie.
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Meet Lucy Parker, the author of the very funny and charming ACT LIKE IT and PRETTY FACE — contemporary romances set in the London celebrity/theatre world. Here Lucy is talking about her new book MAKING UP, as well as how she works, the research she does and what's coming up for her next. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at Word Wenches
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Janga, I'd LOVE to see your personal top 10 list
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Barbara O'Neal is an auto-buy for me, whether she's writing as Barbara O'Neal, Barbara Samuels or Ruth Wind. She's a wonderful writer.
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I agree Sonya, it was wonderful to see this dignified middle-aged woman, who'd done the right thing her whole life and then had suffered terribly for her husband's dishonesty, try to snatch a few weeks for herself — and then get so much more than she bargained for.
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Annette, yes, it's a wonderful series and the premise is so very powerful. I love that it shows how it could totally ruin a family socially — and then each of these people work their way through the ruination and end up happier than they ever would have been.
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Mary, yes, I did read the series from the beginning, and though I think you could read it as a stand-alone, it adds to your understanding of the development of the characters to read it from the beginning.
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Janga, I'd read all but three of the AAR top ten and I'm currently reading Beard Science. How romance has changed. I remember when it was held to be author suicide to have a bearded hero, and if an author was reckless enough to have one, the publishers made sure the hero on the cover was clean-shaven. As for the AAR top 10, I loved Lisa Kleypas's Devil In Winter, so it's nice to see it at the top. LOS and Flowers From the Storm have been in that top 10 for decades. Flowers From the Storm is still a huge fave of mine, and I'd squeeze it in above LOS . For those who haven't seen the list it's here: https://allaboutromance.com/the-aar-top-ten-romances-with-a-new-number-one/
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Mary, I totally agree with you re Mary Balogh. I loved that she wrote this book — I so wanted a hero for her, because I think the disaster of her husband's bigamy was toughest on Viola. After years of being the Countess of Riverdale, and bearing three children, now adults, to have to go back to being called Miss Kingsley — just awful. Especially since it hadn't been a happy marriage. I loved Someone To Care — the whole series, in fact.
Toggle Commented May 31, 2018 on What We're Reading - May at Word Wenches
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I loved Veils of Silk, Mary Jo. It was one of the first of yours I read, if not the first.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2018 on 12 YEARS! REALLY!!! at Word Wenches
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