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Carol I once tried a novel by Tana French and didnt manage to finish it. But I think I must have been in the wrong mood as Ive seen her much praised of late. Time to give her another go, maybe! I do agree about the nastiness, though.
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on On Reading Crime at Harriet Devine's Blog
You are right, they do have good stories, Ed, with satisfying endings, which I think is why they are rather comforting to read. I hadnt heard of this author - one to look out for.
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on On Reading Crime at Harriet Devine's Blog
It is relaxing, Alex, I totally agree. Lord Peter Wimsey I haven't read for years -- perhaps it's time to dust him off!
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2015 on On Reading Crime at Harriet Devine's Blog
You are absolutely right, Val. You wouldn't be at all surprised to see her on the TV or in a movie. Very sweet, though -- I think she's quite young, which would fit in with this being a bit of surprise -- her first even love letter?
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2015 on The Love Letter at Harriet Devine's Blog
Penelope that is the one. I don't want to remind you what happens in the end, but it is all very moving. Nesbit would have been delighted that it made you a socialist. What an interesting woman she was!
Glad to hear it, Carol. It's always good to hear from people who have read and enjoyed books that appear on here, and of course especially good when they are books I haven't yet read myself!
Thanks for the comment Sally. It 's often so bewildering seeing a load of new books and having no idea what you might enjoy. I'm grateful to Adele, too, for pointing us in the right direction!
Your posts always make me chuckle -- though I really felt for you seeing Kathryn off, which must have been very painful. I've been meaning to defrost the fridge since well before Christmas and am now going to do so as soon as I've finished writing this, so you've done some good, anyway. Look forward to more of your sparkling prose and rapier like wit in 2015!
Of all these I've only read Old Friends and New Fancies, and that was a re-read this year, but I agree it is a brilliant book.And of course Four Sisters, well deserved for your book of the year. Happy New Year to you!
Thanks, Christine. Good luck with finding them in Oxfam! Shes certainly a novelist worth reading.
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2014 on Books of the Year Part Two at Harriet Devine's Blog
Me too James (falling asleep). But Ive always preferred reading while lying down -- a legacy from my teens, probably, when I seem to have spent most of my time lying on the sofa with a book.
Toggle Commented Dec 25, 2014 on Woman Reading in Bed at Harriet Devine's Blog
I think I'm the minority over The Remains of the Day. I've not liked anything I've read by Ishiguru. Tremain, on the other hand, is consistently great, for me, at least.
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2014 on Restoration by Rose Tremain at Harriet Devine's Blog
Glad to hear the movie was enjoyable, though I'm not sure if I'd like it after loving the book so much. I do love Robert D J so maybe that would make me warm to it!
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2014 on Restoration by Rose Tremain at Harriet Devine's Blog
Re read sounds as if it might be called for Annabel. Interesting how our tastes change over the years!
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2014 on Restoration by Rose Tremain at Harriet Devine's Blog
Yes Susan I'm surprised by how little attention it seems to have had. Glad you loved it too.
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2014 on Restoration by Rose Tremain at Harriet Devine's Blog
Thanks! Yes I am looking forward to hearing about the short stories -- I have a feeling they are probably wonderful. Hope so, anyway.
Toggle Commented Dec 18, 2014 on Restoration by Rose Tremain at Harriet Devine's Blog
Thomas, I am really curious to see if any of her others are as good, and like you, a bit worried I might be disappointed. I haven't seen any other ones reviewed, so may have to take the plunge anyway. I think you will certainly love this one.
Yes Lory -- it's well worth seeking out.
Thanks, Miranda. Yes, she is so sensitive to children's needs. She must have been an amazing woman.
lad you agree, Elaine!
I've only read one book by Peter Lovesey and enjoyed it a lot. Must read some more. I've tried and failed with Tess Gerritson, though everyone else seems to love her. I once even won a draw for about 6 of her novels and haven't opened one of them. One day, maybe...
Toggle Commented Dec 12, 2014 on Triple Tecs at Random Jottings
Thanks, Claire. Well, I have the 21st century equivalent -- an intercom phone. Not so elegant but produces the desired result! Reviews soon I promise.
Toggle Commented Dec 10, 2014 on Reading at Harriet Devine's Blog
Thanks, Carol!
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2014 on Reading at Harriet Devine's Blog
Yes you should Christine. This one is very attractive. Nice to see you back blogging again by the way.
Toggle Commented Dec 8, 2014 on The Wouldbegoods at Harriet Devine's Blog
My feelings entirely. Re. the pillows - they are the continental kind - I have them myself here in France. Square instead of rectangular. Very comfy.
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2014 on Woman Reading in Bed at Harriet Devine's Blog