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Patricia Rice
The Notorious Atherton, August 2013
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This makes you ideally suited to writing about 1800s England!
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Getting around at Word Wenches
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The posting inn problem is mostly in my head--a product of traveling the US more than England. We have vast open spaces and sticking an inn out there every ten miles would have been wasted effort. I just need to make my head accept smaller territory!
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Getting around at Word Wenches
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Travel logistics in the 1800s simply make me insane. I have a hard time imagining a posting inn every ten miles for the convenience of the horses. And then what happens on lesser traveled roads? I wouldn't even want to imagine how one nobbles a curricle! Can't wait to see how you do it.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Getting around at Word Wenches
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Ah, my TBR pile thanks you for not adding to the overload. ;) I love Loretta and of course, adore Anne, so I've already read these. But your choices make me suspect I might also like the Riley. Oh well, here we go again... thank you!
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2016 on What We're Reading in January at Word Wenches
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Sigh, I now have to add her to my stack. I love character driven books and I especially love ones based on reality instead of fairy tales. I love wench readers for introducing me to new to me authors!
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2016 on What We're Reading in January at Word Wenches
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Like Nicola, I'm a sucker for ghost stories. Mary Stewart explains a lot. ;) One more for the tottering TBR stack, thank you!
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2016 on What We're Reading in January at Word Wenches
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Immature, uneducated people who don't understand that music, film, and books don't magically appear in their computers can haunt piracy sites until the real thieves steal their identity and ransom their computers. If they're inexperienced enough to actually believe pirate sites are free, they'll end up paying the hard way. Karma hurts.
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2016 on The New ABC of Reading at Word Wenches
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Excellent discussion, thank you, Andrea! I have always enjoyed finding new authors because my favorite authors stick to a certain voice and setting and I'll get bored with them if I read them too much. I've found some wonderful new authors just by reading Bookbub or from wench discussions, since we have similar tastes. Sure, I've found a lot of junk by picking up free and 99c, but I've also found keepers I never would have found otherwise. Certainly beats paying $7.99 to discover I hate that author's voice!
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2016 on The New ABC of Reading at Word Wenches
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LOL, Sue, on the blurbs. I've read some of those and wished the same, and some of them were my own.
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2016 on The New ABC of Reading at Word Wenches
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I have considered the conundrum of why people are willing to pay $10 for a movie they can't take home with them but won't pay $10 for a book they can read over and over. I'm thinking part of the difference is that books are too convenient--they're almost a throw-away. The movie is a one-time experience to be enjoyed, savored,shared, and talked about. A book is private, can be read anytime, cast aside and picked up later. We're no longer rare and so we're less valuable.
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2016 on The New ABC of Reading at Word Wenches
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either men are weird or religion has a strange idea of sexy! All they need is to see me when I get up in the morning.
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2016 on No Mad Hatter Here! at Word Wenches
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Historically, those on really tight budgets might pick up a bonnet or straw hat and add bits and pieces as they could afford them--often picked up in the same second hand shop as the hats. Gloves... I'm not as certain about. The fingers and buttons could be sewed and re-sewed, but once the fabric wore out... they'd have to be replaced.
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2016 on No Mad Hatter Here! at Word Wenches
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Did you think the maroon was ugly at the time? If so, it's good you got over it to explore the wonderful world of hats! And now I'm really thinking we need to introduce hats to kids over here, except all those teen girls with their long gorgeous locks will have hissy fits.
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2016 on No Mad Hatter Here! at Word Wenches
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hmmm, I hadn't thought about that, but the sun may just bring the hat fashion back around. A lot of people wear sun hats or hats with visors here because it's sunny most of the time. Although I'm pretty sure the kids in the play yard aren't wearing them. Hmmm. We need to get the rest of the US with the program. I'm thinking if everyone is wearing headgear, it's gonna be hard for religious bigots to identify people by what's on their heads!
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2016 on No Mad Hatter Here! at Word Wenches
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Brilliant! I use hoodies more than head scarves but they don't stay up. I've used my shawls for scarves when traveling--they're easy to carry and serve lots of purposes. And they don't cause hat hair!
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2016 on No Mad Hatter Here! at Word Wenches
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And I bet you have beautiful hair. ;) I wouldn't blame you in the least for showing it off.
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2016 on No Mad Hatter Here! at Word Wenches
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oh, making your own hat is so much fun! They just make it harder these days. A good straw, with a pretty scarf, and any embellishment you can cadge is all we're left these days. So sad. And good for you wearing the hat to the wedding! I think people just need leaders to show them the way.
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2016 on No Mad Hatter Here! at Word Wenches
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I think we're old souls recalling our glory days. I love vintage shops. The clothes there suit me far better than the gym clothes that pass as fashion these days! We need to figure out how to do a wench hat day!
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2016 on No Mad Hatter Here! at Word Wenches
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LOL, so those birds sitting on top of ladies' hats were just a precursor to rabbit heads? Love it! And my daughter went to Russia on a school trip and instantly bought one of those heavy furred hats with ear flaps because she was so cold. I like the sound of red leather and fox fur, except it wouldn't work so well here in Southern California. We need pictures! Stupid Typepad, not allowing us images.
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2016 on No Mad Hatter Here! at Word Wenches
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A hard hat! Now that could set a new style! Maybe one of those cloches are the look you're after.
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2016 on No Mad Hatter Here! at Word Wenches
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We all have a vision of ourselves in our heads. If that vision doesn't include hats, we'll never be comfortable wearing one. But my head absolutely freezes outdoors in winter, so I settle for anything! A fluffy wooly hat at Mass might have made me think twice though.
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2016 on No Mad Hatter Here! at Word Wenches
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I think you're right. Those of us who have always worn hats know what we like and what works for us. It's an expensive lesson for those who come to them late, dang. Aren't those sleeves something? The servants usually imitated the employers eventually, but I vaguely remember seeing sleeves pulled in with ribbon ties. I've not studied that period extensively, yet, but guessing from the other frivolities of fashion, showing off how little you have to work was always important!
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2016 on No Mad Hatter Here! at Word Wenches
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if you don't need a hat, then it probably is difficult to mess with one anymore. And as Kathy says above, not everyone knows what kind works for them. I think we need a national hat day here in the US where friends go out and help each other try on hats!
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2016 on No Mad Hatter Here! at Word Wenches
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My daughter would love to wear hats, too, but hat hair prevents it. I guess that's where fascinators come in. But they're not exactly effective as a sun screen. And I wore a mantilla for my wedding!
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2016 on No Mad Hatter Here! at Word Wenches
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Rent a hat! I couldn't let it go if I loved it! Although I can see with some of these huge ones, a very large closet would be needed, sigh. But if you don't need lots of furbelows, they have some lovely brims out now that can be rolled up and stored or packed in luggage. Trust me. ;)
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2016 on No Mad Hatter Here! at Word Wenches
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