Tag: romance

My First Georgette Heyer: False Colours

Posted May 3, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 18 Comments
My First Georgette Heyer: False Colours

Georgette Heyer, False Colours (1963) The first book you read by a favorite author has a special quality. Even if there are other books by the same author that you realize are more worthy of recognition, the joy of discovery lends your “first” a lingering glow. Sometimes, the particular circumstances of finding the book are […]

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Margery Sharp ebooks now available!

Posted April 12, 2016 by Lory in announcements / 5 Comments
Margery Sharp ebooks now available!

Good news for lovers of Margery Sharp’s fiction: ten of her novels are newly available as ebooks from Open Road Media! To celebrate, I’m reposting my reviews of The Nutmeg Tree and Cluny Brown, which are among the wonderful and witty titles available, and I’ll be looking forward to enjoying the others in the coming […]

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Elizabeth Goudge Reading Week: A Visit to Torminster (with Giveaway!)

Posted April 26, 2015 by Lory in giveaways / 19 Comments
Elizabeth Goudge Reading Week: A Visit to Torminster (with Giveaway!)

One of my favorite fictional places to visit is Torminster, Elizabeth Goudge’s version of her birthplace, Wells in Somerset. It’s like Barchester without the cynicism, or Cranford with a poetic and mystical touch. Centered around the Close that surrounds its beautiful cathedral, populated by an enchanting set of characters young and old, saintly and not-so, […]

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A Party for Margery: Two by Margery Sharp

Posted January 25, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
A Party for Margery: Two by Margery Sharp

Margery Sharp, The Nutmeg Tree (1937) Margery Sharp, Cluny Brown (1944) When Fleur in Her World alerted me to the existence of a charming and witty but largely forgotten mid-20th-century novelist, I was glad to join in with the fun of celebrating Margery Sharp’s 110th birthday by reading and reviewing a book or two. And […]

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Darkness in Delphi: My Brother Michael

Posted September 19, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 9 Comments
Darkness in Delphi: My Brother Michael

Mary Stewart, My Brother Michael (1960)   Mary Stewart is rightly acclaimed for creating wonderfully robust settings in her books, which serve as much more than mere stage backdrops to the action. So strong is the sense of place, sometimes, that the setting almost becomes a character or a plot device in its own right. […]

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Suspense with Style: Four by Mary Stewart

Posted September 15, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 14 Comments
Suspense with Style: Four by Mary Stewart

Mary Stewart, Nine Coaches Waiting (Morrow, 1959) Mary Stewart, The Ivy Tree (Morrow, 1962) Mary Stewart, The Moon-Spinners (Morrow, 1963) Mary Stewart, This Rough Magic (Morrow, 1964)    It’s always a great pleasure to discover an author whose books have somehow passed you by, especially if there are plenty of them. Such is the case […]

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White Magic: Thornyhold and The White Witch

Posted May 23, 2014 by Lory in brief reviews / 4 Comments
White Magic: Thornyhold and The White Witch

Mary Stewart, Thornyhold (Morrow, 1988) Elizabeth Goudge, The White Witch (Coward-McCann, 1952) I was inspired by many recommendations to pick up one of Mary Stewart’s romantic novels at the library this week, and chose Thornyhold, the story of a young woman who unexpectedly inherits her cousin’s house in Wiltshire and finds that said cousin seems […]

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Life During Wartime: The Two Mrs. Abbotts

Posted January 12, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 0 Comments
Life During Wartime: The Two Mrs. Abbotts

D.E. Stevenson, The Two Mrs. Abbotts (1943) Between Miss Buncle Married and The Two Mrs. Abbotts, seven years elapsed, and the world changed utterly. England was now in the midst of the Second World War, and the screwball antics of the first two volumes perhaps seemed out of place to their creator. Whatever the reason, […]

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The Miss Buncle Books

Posted January 9, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
The Miss Buncle Books

D.E. Stevenson, Miss Buncle’s Book (1934) D.E. Stevenson, Miss Buncle Married (1936) ‘I’m an author,’ she said to herself. ‘How very odd!’ —from Miss Buncle’s Book In the early 20th century, Scottish novelist D.E. Stevenson produced a steady flow of popular light fiction. Several of these novels are now back in print, including the trio […]

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