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The Rosary
3.97
it was amazing
What a find! I'm so glad I found this book. It is truly engrossing from the first pages. And as deeply moving as any Bronte or Austen work. The first ...more
Sep 27, 2009
Sep 21, 2009
 
The Doctor's Dilemma
3.71
really liked it
This was recommended by Kathleen (thanks Kathleen!), and I'm so glad she found it! I knew nothing of this author with a strange name before. It turns ...more
not set
May 14, 2011
 
Radium Halos: A Novel about the Radium Dial Painters
3.81
it was amazing
In the 1920s the Radium Dial Company opened a factory in Illinois producing luminous paint made from radium. This paint was used to paint clock faces, ...more
Jul 08, 2009
Jul 08, 2009
 
The Pastor's Wife
3.85
liked it
I believe I am getting to the root of what I love and don't love about Von Arnim's writing. I love her autobiographical and first-person POV work. I l ...more
Jun 08, 2011
Apr 24, 2011
 
Olive
3.45
really liked it
I found this book while perusing the LibriVox free audiobook archives. The summary said it was "a Jane Eyre variant". Jane Eyre is one of my favorites ...more
Aug 21, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
 
In the Mountains
3.81
really liked it
After what I think is my favorite Von Arnim so far, Fraulein Schmidt and Mr Anstruther, this one was a bit anti-climactic. But it's Von Arnim, so stil ...more
not set
Feb 13, 2011
 
The Red House by Edith Nesbit, Fiction, Fantasy & Magic
3.69
it was amazing
What a beautiful little book. I am so pleasantly surprised. I read it because I also enjoyed another of Nesbit's books for adults, the Incomplete Amor ...more
not set
Nov 13, 2012
 
Vera
3.71
it was amazing
'After all,' [Miss Entwhistle] said almost entreatingly, 'what can be better than a devoted husband?'

And the widow, who had had three and knew what sh
...more
Nov 10, 2010
Jul 08, 2009
 
The First Violin
4.15
it was amazing
I love digging up these excellent novels from decades or even centuries ago that no one knows about today. The First Violin is part mystery, part roma ...more
Sep 08, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
 
Emily Fox-Seton: Being "The Making of a Marchioness" and "The Methods of Lady Walderhurst"
3.69
really liked it
The first half is a quaint romance. While both the hero and heroine could be a little more interesting, I believe the point is that they aren't intere ...more
not set
Sep 02, 2010
 
The Incomplete Amorist
3.20
really liked it
I had heard of Nesbit from her children's books, so I recognized her name while scrolling around the "romance" section over at Feedbooks. I can't find ...more
Dec 21, 2010
Dec 12, 2010
 
The Shadow and the Star (Victorian Hearts, #2)
4.01
it was amazing
I've written before that I thought Kinsale could write (what I would personally consider) a 5 star book, but I hadn't yet found it. Until I read this ...more
not set
May 26, 2011
 
John Halifax, Gentleman
3.88
really liked it
There's a lot of Dickens influence here. It also reminds me of Gaskell's North and South with the dreary English weather and a focus on working class ...more
Nov 13, 2012
Aug 21, 2011
 
Letters of Love & Deception
4.80
it was amazing
Review originally published at girlebooks.com:

This is a lovely collection of short stories by Emily C. A. Snyder, author of another Austen-themed publ
...more
not set
Sep 25, 2011
 
The Rose-Garden Husband
3.93
really liked it
This book was referred by Alisha who was dug up several lovely books for Girlebooks in the past, and this is no exception. The main character is Phyll ...more
Jun 2012
Jun 18, 2012
 
Midsummer Moon
3.72
liked it
I really like Kinsale, of what I've read so far. She has an excellent writing style and her attention to detail (of what I've read) is unmatched in th ...more
not set
May 14, 2011
 
Love in a Cold Climate and Other Novels
4.08
really liked it
I didn't want to read this one straight after The Pursuit of Love because I didn't want to get the two confused. But turns out that I did read it stra ...more
not set
May 16, 2010
 
A Girl of the Limberlost (Limberlost, #2)
4.13
really liked it
This is a unique story about Elnora Comstock who lives a reclusive life with her mother in the woody swamps of Indiana called the Limberlost. Elnora l ...more
not set
Feb 04, 2011
 
Dear Enemy (Daddy-Long-Legs, #2)
3.84
really liked it
I read Daddy Long Legs by the fireside last Christmas, the memory of which was so pleasant that I decided to read it's sequel, Dear Enemy, in the same ...more
not set
Dec 28, 2010
 
Seize the Fire
3.96
really liked it
I loved the interaction of the characters, loved the writing. But I couldn't help wishing that Kinsale had made the plot a little less exciting and co ...more
Apr 2011
Apr 24, 2011
 
The Frog Prince's Daughters
4.11
it was amazing
Anura Bufonida is a fairytale princess waiting for her prince to claim her. A decendent of the Frog Prince, whose curse was broken long ago when he wa ...more
Mar 13, 2010
Mar 12, 2010
 
Ida Mae Tutweiler and the Traveling Tea Party
4.05
it was amazing
This review was originally published at Girlebooks.com.

This is a captivating story about love and tea. It is told from the point of view of the titula
...more
not set
Oct 23, 2011
 
Lady Susan
3.56
really liked it
I loved Lady Susan, the character! I think a good actress could do wonders with this role in an adaptation. Since I've read all Austen's novels, it wa ...more
not set
Oct 05, 2009
 
Fraulein Schmidt And Mr Anstruther
4.12
it was amazing
Despite the horrid title, this is one of the loveliest books I've read. Really, Von Arnim (or her publisher) came up with some nice titles--The Enchan ...more
Feb 13, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
 
The White Ladies of Worcester: A Romance of the 12th Century
3.87
really liked it
It is the 12th century in the city of Worcester. At the Nunnery of the White Ladies, old lay-sister Mary Antony performs her daily ritual. As the nuns ...more
not set
Oct 04, 2009
 
Branded by Fire (Psy-Changeling #6)
4.30
really liked it
I've recently become addicted to Nalini Singh and especially this series. While the writing is not all that good (she's getting better...), the plotti ...more
not set
Aug 21, 2011
 
These Old Shades (Alastair, #1)
4.06
it was amazing
This is the first book in a very long time that had me laughing out loud for pages on end. I can't remember when I've been so entertained. The dialog ...more
not set
Sep 03, 2011
 
Oh, That I Had Wings
3.66
really liked it
The prequel to Finding Grace is about Grace's big brother, Jack. Much of the story I knew already, since I read Finding Grace first. However author Pa ...more
Apr 20, 2010
Apr 05, 2010
 
The Blue Castle
4.22
liked it
I liked the premise of this book: a 29-year-old woman, who has led a relentlessly uneventful life up until now, finds out she's dying and starts to sa ...more
Nov 2010
Oct 23, 2010
 
Venetia
4.07
it was amazing
Venetia ranks with my favorite Heyer (so far, there are so many, thankfully!). I loved that the whole book isn't based on stupid misunderstandings bet ...more
not set
Nov 13, 2012
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