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Memory of Morning (Dr Cliff and Lord North)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  162 ratings  ·  27 reviews
For the fans of George R. R. Martin …From the pen of New York Times bestseller Susan Sizemore,an all-new full-length novel that sweeps you into a strange new world of fantasy, romance and adventure…

On the island world of three moons, after years of war, Naval Surgeon Megere Cliff returns home to find herself caught between her obligation to her family and her need to be
Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published August 2011 by ROE Publishing
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Apr 10, 2012 Estara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: read it as one strong woman's historical fantasy - not as a romance
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I want a sequel! like, now.

This was a grandly entertaining altern-universe story that reads like a cross between a regency romance and a Horatio Hornblower novel. It was equal parts fantasy, romance and alternate history.

Megere Cliff, a young daughter of a high-tiered gentry family, has just come back home from a two year stint as a ship's doctor in the empire's navy. She has a big, sprawling happy family who are rich and quite ambitious. They live in a version of England known as the Ang Empire
Susan Sizemore
Aug 16, 2011 Susan Sizemore added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this book - and it was the most fun I've ever had with worldbuilding and characters. I've written many short stories in first person, but this was my first first person novel.

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This was surprisingly good for a free kindle read. I liked the world the author built. It's evocative, with enough detail to make it easy to picture. The heroine is interesting and I'm interested in learning where her story leads.
I was skeptical of this book from the beginning. First person. Historical, but not really. It's not Earth (I don't think), but it's not some advanced planet/species of people. So. Was I going to like it? YES. This is a well-developed world with great characters. While I was cheering for the "hero" from nearly the first page, I truly didn't know how things would turn out at so many points. It's not a traditional romance in any sense. The heroine dates, even sleeps with, other men. You can't even ...more
This came to my attention when Estara recommended it, and I bought it having liked the sample Kindle chapters. What I got was a rather unexpected but enjoyable alternate-world historical fantasy, with a subtle thread of romance.

A few things did bother me - some slightly jarring too-modern thoughts from the heroine, a few e-formatting issues, and the names. Ah, the names - I could deal with the place names (Loudon instead of London, Ang for England etc), but did not care for Adrew (instead of And
*4.5 stars*

Sentient octopi and a heroine who's a young naval surgeon, now undertaking an alternate-universe London season with a plethora of potential suitors, political maneuverings, and witty banter...this book was just an awful lot of fun.

The only two (subjective) reasons it's getting 4.5 stars instead of 5 from me are that (a) I wasn't personally convinced by the military ploy in Chapter 1 (although who knows? my military experience/knowledge is certainly not vast, so I could be completely w
What fun! Couldn't put it down. Want the sequel now please. Enjoyed the world building, alt history, and texture of life. Loved the heroine. Could have used a bit more differentiation of the characters in the large family. Some aspects of this invented world overlapped uneasily, plague and bullying clerics and free love (still not sure how it is OK for women to be sexually active in such a patrilineal world) and sentient octopi, but just went with it, it was like zooming from ride to ride in a g ...more
It is so refreshing to read a novel that takes such a wonderfully empowering look at the female heroine. Dr. Cliff is an aspiring surgeon, fighting for a place in a male dominated profession. Not only did I relate to her struggles as a female fighting for respect, but I loved that she was allowed to be interested in multiple men, she was allowed to have female friends (not just catty competitors that feign friendship), she was allowed to be feminine while still being smart and strong, and she wa ...more
Brilliant! I love the story, how it has romance, but it is very minor compared to the world building and characterization.
3 1/2

This is a nice but weird (or a nicely weird) fantasy. It's set in an alien world that is reminiscent of past Earth. But it has a mix of Victorian society (women are not allowed to work, there's gentry and nobility and a strong cast system) and absolutely modern sexual mores. (There's no sexuality or steam in it though.)

It has a fascinating world-building that twists what we know in a interesting way.

It's a slow-paced read, but it does hook you in (even when your are wondering why).

The plot
Erica Anderson
This is a difficult book to categorize--there are romantic elements, though Memory is not a romance in the sense that the H/H relationship is at the center of the action. (Although the ending adheres to romance genre standards.) The setting is an alternate universe Regency London, and the heroine serves as a ship's doctor in the navy. Strong characterization throughout, with well-rounded secondary characters and good pacing.

I suspect that this book was intended to be the beginning of a series, b
I was pleasantly surprised by this book and the main characters. The woman was a strong personality with a quiet dignity and the set of circumstances around her and her family were interesting.

I loved the fact this was set in an alternate universe, mainly somewhere with green moons, red moons and things not normal for us. Even with that being said, the human experience still thrived and moved on. I liked that the main characters were subject to discipline and had to deal with hidden agendas and
Michele bookloverforever
a world with two moons....a hint of steampunk...
Kathleen Kurdziel
Very good. Something completely different for Susan Sizemore. I would love to see more books set in this alternate universe
This novel takes place BEFORE My Dearest.
Dr. Cliff and Lord North meet. Sparks fly.
The romance is very nicely done as the two fall in love amid the Emperor's desire to have a baby; Fram pirates; and Dr. Cliff's work to save her uncle's leg.
Takes place in a future (or, past) on another planet. Very well done novel.
Excellent blend of adventure and fantasy in a slightly Austen-esque world with a unique blend of rules, mores, religion and more. Just when I thought the plot would veer right it would delightfully juke left.

I adore, own, and often reread this author's Prime series, and it pales next to this book.
Sue T
I really liked this one. It was as if Jane Austen wrote fantasy with some steampunk elements mixed in. The characters and setting were well thought out. I got the impression that this may have been the start of a series and look forward to seeing what's next for these characters.
Lucky I have read her work before or I would have put this down in the first chapter.
Very slow at the beginning but it picked up and became a very enjoyable read. I don't normally
like the historical books but the story was good enough to over come the talk of dresses.
I enjoyed this. I've really liked some of Susan Sizemore's Vampire books, so I was happy to see this on Amazon. I assume it is an earlier work. Since it is an alternate reality (based on England in the 1800s, i think), the book didn't seem dated or out-of-touch.
Another freebe. Good story.
Takes place on an unknown planet where it looks a lot like the 1800's but have modern medicine and knowledge.
Jean Wilson
I enjoyed this as a free amazon kindle book, and paid for what I thought was the sequel which turned out to be only one chapter.
Horrible, horrible, horrible. But the thing that gets me the most is that I paid for it! SMH....
I felt as if i was reading a regency book. It was slow reading.
If you can get through the first chapter, you'll be happy you did!
3.5 stars. Not a typical Sizemore at all
3.5 - very interesting world building.
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Susan Sizemore's life and interests include such varied activities as medieval costuming and embroidery, being a chef, and working in the defense industry.She is owned by her spoiled rotten, beloved mutt dog, rather than the other way around, and this is just fine with her.Current hobbies include hiking and studying t'ai chi. She travels whenever she can, loves history, loud music, movies, good co ...more
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