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Blue Asylum
3.61
Imagine being sent off to a mental hospital because you did not obey your husband, because you thought your own thoughts and asked questions. Well, th ...more
Dec 20, 2011
Dec 15, 2011
 
The Distant Hours
3.85
I read the last hundred pages of The Distant Hours in the middle of a pretty intense storm. This just brought me even deeper into the story, where I f ...more
Nov 02, 2010
Apr 22, 2010
 
Cinnamon and Gunpowder
3.92
I need to preface this review with the statement that lady pirates are most likely my favorite all-time historical subject. I study and read about the ...more
May 03, 2013
Feb 19, 2013
 
The Villa Triste
4.15
The Villa Triste was a fabulous piece of fiction that I'm glad I came across. I enjoyed the book immensely and was gripped the entire time.

The story o
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Jul 26, 2011
Jan 04, 2011
 
Maurice
3.99
I wouldn't call this a review post, mainly because I doubt I'd be able to write a suitable one. However, I couldn't just let it pass without writing s ...more
Sep 04, 2011
Sep 01, 2011
 
The Garden Party and Other Stories
3.89
Oh, Katherine Mansfield, where have you been all my life?

I'm no expert on this type of writing, but I know beautiful stuff when I read it. With 15 sto
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Jan 19, 2010
Jan 16, 2010
 
Daughters of the Witching Hill
3.68
Daughters of the Witching Hill is a beautifully crafted story of what was a horrifying moment in history.

Not knowing much about the 1612 witch trials
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Apr 03, 2010
Mar 25, 2010
 
The Awakening and Selected Short Stories
3.80
I loved this story for the beautiful writing and the intricate way of exploring the life of a tragic woman. I saw this as a tragic story, not as the e ...more
Dec 17, 2009
Dec 11, 2009
 
Agnes Grey
3.61
When venturing forth on Anne's work, I decided to start with Agnes Grey, rather than her more popular The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Agnes Grey is more ...more
May 21, 2010
May 13, 2010
 
Sonnets from the Portuguese
4.12
Christ. I don't even know what to say, here.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can rea
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Oct 04, 2009
Oct 03, 2009
 
While England Sleeps
3.89
Initial reaction:

Argh, my heart.

Actual review:

Sometimes, when I finish a book, I loved it so much that I have to write a review right away, However, s
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Oct 19, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
 
The Charioteer
4.06
My heart. Is it still there? Because I feel like someone tore it out and stomped on it.

I stayed up way later than I usually do, last night, to finish
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Sep 16, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
 
A Desperate Fortune
3.98
Whenever I'm in a reading slump I can always count on a Susanna Kearsley novel. They're readable, engrossing, and just plain good.

A Desperate Fortune
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Mar 17, 2015
Feb 18, 2015
 
Junction X
4.29
I knew before I started reading this that it had a tragic ending, and I braced myself for it. As I started reading, I started to figure out just how i ...more
Jan 29, 2012
Jan 29, 2012
 
The Night Circus
4.01
A unique, magical story surrounding a mysterious circus that only opens at night, and two competitors, playing a game neither one of them knows the ru ...more
Sep 19, 2011
Sep 14, 2011
 
Mrs. Poe
3.64
The entire book is told from the point-of-view of Frances Osgood, a poet who has to support her two daughters after her husband skips out on them. She ...more
Jul 17, 2013
Jul 08, 2013
 
The Painted Girls
3.61
I have been sort of skimming books lately, not really engrossed with any of them. So, The Painted Girls came at the right time. I was completely taken ...more
Dec 15, 2012
Dec 06, 2012
 
Charlotte and Emily: A Novel of the Brontës
3.78
Charlotte and Emily (originally published as The Taste Sorrow) was a brilliant and beautiful novel. I am on such a Brontë high after finishing it.

The
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Mar 31, 2011
Jan 23, 2010
 
The Absolutist
3.98
I would compare how I read the last 100 pages of this book to ripping off a a band-aid: I didn't want to do it, but I did it really fast, knowing the ...more
Jun 14, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
 
Season of Storms
3.65
Season of Storms is my third Susanna Kearsley novel, and it was another good one.

During early 1900s Italy, playwright Galeazzo D'Ascanio, living at hi
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Feb 09, 2011
Jan 03, 2011
 
Alias Grace
3.95
My first Atwood. I was very excited to dive into this seeing as how her books have been on my list for ages.

Alias Grace is a fictionalized account of
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Sep 13, 2010
Sep 07, 2010
 
The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R.
3.34
I didn't know what to expect with this book. The bare bones summary is: Eugenie is abandoned by her lover in Paris. Once she realizes this, she does w ...more
Feb 02, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
 
Lolly Willowes
3.79
That’s why we become witches: to show our scorn of pretending life’s a safe business, to satisfy our passion for adventure. It’s not malice, or wicked ...more
Sep 04, 2013
Aug 30, 2013
 
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
3.77
What the heck did I just read? Well, whatever it was, I feel accomplished for finishing it.

Seriously, though, what an imagination this author has. I f
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Oct 18, 2011
Mar 18, 2010
 
The Monk
3.79
It's hard to believe that this book was published in 1796. I can't even imagine how shocking this book was back then, because it certainly shocked me ...more
Sep 22, 2008
Aug 14, 2008
 
Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage (MacKenzies & McBrides, #2)
3.96
Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage is book #2 in the Highland Pleasures series by Jennifer Ashley. I just recalled that I never reviewed book #1 The ...more
Jul 07, 2010
Mar 18, 2010
 
Every Secret Thing (Kate Murray, #1)
3.90
There are going to be more books with these characters, right? RIGHT? Because I need there to be!

Ahem, anyway, yes, I loved this book. It had everythi
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Apr 30, 2012
Apr 26, 2012
 
A Cottage by the Sea
3.72
When I finished with A Cottage By the Sea, I realized that I had just finished my first time-travel book. The time traveling was interesting, here. Bl ...more
Apr 30, 2010
Feb 09, 2010
 
The Woman in White
3.97
A man is walking home one night. He feels a tap on his shoulder. It's a woman dressed in white. She asks for help in getting far away. Once he has her ...more
Oct 11, 2009
Oct 04, 2009
 
The Last Nude
3.72
The Last Nude is a beautiful novel that reads fast, but does not lack in quality.

Most of the novel is set in 1927 Paris told from the point-of-view o
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Dec 06, 2011
Oct 02, 2011
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