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Flygirl
3.94
really liked it
Don't read this because of the blurb on the back by Newbery/Printz teacher's pet Jacqueline Woodson.

Don't read it just because it's a window on a seld
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not set
Feb 11, 2009
 
Longbourn
3.61
it was amazing
Attention anyone who wants to think of Jane Austenland as pretty-pretty with no blood, sweat, sex (in any form at all) and magical elves to do the hou ...more
not set
Dec 06, 2013
 
The War that Saved My Life (The War That Saved My Life #1)
4.43
really liked it
Okay, this has been done before and has lots of stock characters--the disabled/abused child who gets away from a bad situation and blossoms, the adora ...more
Nov 2014
Nov 10, 2014
 
Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander, #8)
4.50
liked it
Dear Diana,

Your research is great, but my bet is that the majority of your readers are no more interested in endless battle scenes than I am. They are
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Oct 2014
Oct 16, 2014
 
Jefferson's Sons
4.02
it was ok
I live in Northern Virginia. Have been to Monticello a number of times--it's only about 2 hours from here. Have read lots of books on Jefferson. Have ...more
not set
Jan 01, 2012
 
Saturnalia (Marcus Didius Falco, #18)
4.06
really liked it
How can you go wrong with a book that features a guy dressed up as a 5 foot high carrot at the Roman equivalent of a police precinct's Christmas party ...more
not set
Oct 16, 2007
 
Goodnight from London
4.04
liked it
I read this and enjoyed it. That said, it is utterly predictable, complete with a dark secret that's obvious from nearly the opening chapter, a dashin ...more
Apr 27, 2017
Apr 27, 2017
 
And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1)
3.73
really liked it
Okay, I'm one of those people who turns to the back of the book to see any afterwords or such. These days I brace myself for 3 pages worth of acknowle ...more
not set
Aug 14, 2013
 
Princess Elizabeth's Spy (Maggie Hope Mystery, #2)
3.87
it was ok
MacNeal does good research, but at times there is so much research you really feel it and it can distract from the plot.

Now let's get onto the plot. W
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not set
Nov 09, 2012
 
The Service of the Dead (Kate Clifford #1)
3.70
it was ok
When I was reading Shakespeare in college, long, LONG ago, I actually purchased my one and only Cliff Notes, on "Richard III", simply because I couldn ...more
May 2016
May 23, 2016
 
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir
4.06
liked it
Okay, I LOATHED The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and I liked this one, and read it at a gulp. That said, I found some of the charact ...more
Dec 12, 2016
Nov 27, 2016
 
The Gilded Hour
4.01
really liked it
Someone complained in their review that they were disappointed because they expected an extension of the "Into the Wilderness" series, but the first h ...more
Sep 03, 2015
Sep 06, 2015
 
The Summer Before the War
3.79
it was ok
I read Major Pettigrew's Last Stand in a review copy before it became a smash hit, and what I loved about Simonson's first book was that it was so cre ...more
Oct 12, 2016
Sep 24, 2016
 
Frederica
4.15
really liked it
This was the first Heyer book I read, and I immediately began to read everything else Heyer I could get my hands on. Still am doing so. Simply delight ...more
not set
Jul 15, 2013
 
Sylvia & Aki
3.90
liked it
The writing and dialogue are a bit stilted, but this is a nice little story about prejudice, about family and about friendship for younger readers.
not set
Oct 03, 2011
 
Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome
4.15
it was ok
To sum this book up with an appropriate simile, it's like eating what seems to be an incredible meal, and still feeling unsatisfied even after you hav ...more
Nov 2016
Oct 27, 2016
 
Master and God
3.69
it was ok
Know that I love Lindsey Davis's Marcus Didius Falco books so much that I special order them from Amazon's UK store in order to get them before they c ...more
not set
Jun 06, 2012
 
A Test of Wills (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #1)
3.89
really liked it
Fans of Anne Perry's troubled Inspector Monk, here is another hero of his ilk. Ian Rutledge has come home from the first World War with a voice in his ...more
not set
Sep 20, 2011
 
A Gentleman in Moscow
4.37
really liked it
I am so glad that I read this before Rules of Civility, because I disliked that book so much, and this book is wonderful.

Unlike the cast of "Civility
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Oct 2016
Sep 29, 2016
 
Lightning Men (Darktown, #2)
4.10
really liked it
This has aspects of mystery and police procedural to it, but what it truly is is a vivid depiction of life in 1950 Atlanta. Its citizens deal with a c ...more
May 21, 2017
May 22, 2017
 
Wait for Me
4.10
liked it
Bless the dear young things here who are waxing indignant over this nice little piece of historical fiction--and it's a well written book-- about the ...more
May 25, 2017
May 25, 2017
 
The FitzOsbornes in Exile (The Montmaray Journals, #2)
4.05
really liked it
Here is the problem with this book--which I personally loved.It's terrfic. But the author intends it to be and it is pitched as a YA book. And though ...more
not set
Jul 02, 2011
 
Turtle in Paradise
3.93
really liked it
First off, my 11 year old spotted this at a book fair, demanded it for Christmas and loved it. So my review is pretty irrelevant. The Newberry honor i ...more
not set
Jan 18, 2011
 
The Fallen Kings (The Morland Dynasty, #32)
4.27
it was ok
I have read this entire series, hunting down used copies because my library only had the most recent books, and generally enjoying it. I've found that ...more
not set
May 24, 2011
 
Prisoners in the Palace
3.78
really liked it
I recently read Becoming Victoria, an adult biography which focuses on the same period of Victoria's life as this book is set, so that was fresh in my ...more
Jan 10, 2011
Jan 01, 2011
 
Zora and Me
3.73
it was ok
Yup, here's another poorly plotted (though fairly well written)book that has won kudos (and now awards) by the gimmick of fictionalizing a real person ...more
not set
Jan 12, 2011
 
Cotillion
3.99
really liked it
Friends on a listserv were raving about Georgette Heyer and I have become addicted to her books. This is one of my favorites because of its lack of th ...more
not set
Sep 20, 2012
 
The Way to London: A Novel of World War II
3.50
really liked it
Okay, Alix Rickloff, you got me. I started out hating Lucy, and I think I was supposed to do so. But as the book progressed, and I learned more of her ...more
not set
Mar 18, 2017
 
In the Shadow of the Lamp
3.62
liked it
I have been a sucker for nurse stories since back in my teens when I read all the Sue Bartons, Cherry Ames, etc. However though I liked this I couldn' ...more
not set
Jul 05, 2011
 
The Foreign Field (The Morland Dynasty, #31)
4.33
liked it
I have the bad habit of starting somewhere in the middle--or near the end of a series. But if I like this one,there are lots to go back and read....

Wh
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Jul 28, 2009
Jul 27, 2009
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