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When Are You Now? 2012

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Jan 6, 2012, 11:23am Top

I'm campaigning with Stilicho: the Vandal Who Saved Rome (non-fiction) in the early 5th century.

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I'm fighting for America in the french countryside during WWI in A Good American by Alex George.

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I'm spending time with a couple of jews in neutral Sweden during WWII in Simon and the Oaks by Marianne Fredriksson.

Jan 7, 2012, 1:27pm Top

I'm in New York City in 1830 in Forever and a Day.

Jan 7, 2012, 9:50pm Top

Clouds of Witness--Solving a mystery with Lord Peter Wimsey...I got the DVDs for Christmas, and decided it was finally time to read them all.

Jan 8, 2012, 7:11am Top

#6 BBC Radio 4X has been airing all their old adaptations of Lord Peter Wimsey, they are very good, just listened to The Nine Tailors

Jan 8, 2012, 10:20am Top

I'm back during the Cousins War Lady of the Rivers

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Post deleted because I realized I had posted in the wrong group. Sorry!

Jan 9, 2012, 11:36am Top

I'm thundering across the Central Asian plains in the 13th Century as the descendants of Genghis Khan battle for the succession Conqueror: A Novel of Kublai Khan.

Jan 9, 2012, 12:10pm Top

I'm Under the Hog in 15th Century England. This has been perhaps the best of many Ricardian novels I have read, it has a few quirks, but the characters do seem genuinely of the period in manner and deed.

Jan 9, 2012, 1:36pm Top

I'm in the 1890s somewhere on the seashore of New England in Lone Point by Grace Livingston Hill.

Jan 9, 2012, 1:37pm Top

I'm in Charleston, SC in 1767 as I just started Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon. I love this series so far! :)

Jan 9, 2012, 4:19pm Top

marysgirl I just finished reading that one and I loved it so much I picked up the rest of the genghis khan series and the rome series as well.I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Jan 9, 2012, 4:30pm Top

I am hanging out with Genghis Khan while he is searching for a wife and he isn't to happy about it.Genghis would rather have had the baby eagle he found but his dad said he was too young to handle the eagle.Is it just me or is that kind of funny lol. Genghis the birth of an empire I love this series by Conn Iggulden.

Jan 10, 2012, 11:42am Top

>14 amy2011: I'm enjoying it so far. I read the previous book, as well and reviewed it. I think I'm about Caesar'ed out.

Jan 10, 2012, 5:27pm Top

I'm now in The King's Privateer, about 1784. I think we will be in the South China Sea but as I'm just starting it and the job is very hush-hush, I can't tell yet.

Jan 10, 2012, 7:52pm Top

In the mid 1800's in California driving a stagecoach for Wells Fargo, I am a woman living as a man in The Whip by Karen Kondazian. I am also looking for the man who murdered my family.

Jan 11, 2012, 5:18am Top

Late republican Rome!
Marius' Mules I by SJA Turney . . . really draws you into the nitty gritty of legionary life. Highly recommended.

Jan 11, 2012, 9:33am Top

>Marissa_Doyle - I had no idea there were DVDs! Lord Peter Wimsey was one of my favorites growing up - I especially love the short story where he proves his identity in a wine-tasting contest... I'll have to keep an eye out for those.

I'm off the coast of Italy with Ramage during the Napoleonic Wars after having picked up some refugees in a rather daring action. Unfortunately, it looks like Ramage is about to be court-martialed and I doubt they'll let me testify in his defense!

Jan 11, 2012, 5:09pm Top

This is the set I have: http://www.amazon.com/Dorothy-Sayers-Mysteries-Wimsey-Harriet-Collection/dp/B000...

They were made in the 80s and broadcast on Mystery!--alas, the only ones, as I thought Edward Petherbridge was wonderful. Another version was made somewhat earlier, with a different actor as Lord Peter.

Finished Clouds of Witness and am moving on to P.D. James' Death at Pemberley

Jan 12, 2012, 4:46pm Top

I'm in the 12th century BC getting ready to fight the Trojan War in The Songs of the Kings by Barry Unsworth.

Jan 13, 2012, 7:10pm Top

hmmm, not reading any right now :( Two Towers with my son and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for me. I'm almost done then onto Sunne of Splendour I think.

Jan 13, 2012, 7:38pm Top

I am in the 1180's with Robing Hood in Sherwood Forrest. I have just started Outlaw by Angus Donald.

Jan 13, 2012, 7:39pm Top

oops, I meant Robin Hood, not Robing Hood. Sorry, bad typo!

Jan 14, 2012, 4:28am Top

I'm in North America and Canada in the early twentieth century with The Underpainter.

Jan 15, 2012, 10:54pm Top

#24-let me know how it is. I love all things Robin Hood!

Jan 16, 2012, 11:04am Top

>27 homeschoolmom: I had mixed reactions to Outlaw: A Novel of Robin Hood. I thought the writing was good, the characters well-developed and the action moved the story along. I actually stayed up a couple of hours to finish the book. My nit was with the character of Robin. Donald takes a novel approach and shows Robin more as a mafia don than a hero of ordinary people. I thought the choice was interesting and he completely pulled it off, but this is not your iconic Robin. I reviewed the book on my blog: http://faithljustice.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/review-outlaw/

Jan 16, 2012, 12:27pm Top

I'm in Italy (about 1496 at the moment).

The Borgias by Jean Plaidy

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Jan 16, 2012, 7:13pm Top

Am leaving the 1st century BC and Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra: A Life for Paul Doherty's The Anubis Slayings set in Egypt in the time of Hatshepsut.

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In the early 1900's with a slave woman reputed to be a healer in The Healing by Jonathan Odell

Jan 18, 2012, 12:29pm Top

I'm in regency England in A Lady Awakened. Not sure of the exact year yet.

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Jan 18, 2012, 3:59pm Top

#27, I just finished Outlaw by Angus Donald last night. I quite enjoyed it and will definitely be reading the next book in the series. Comment #28 pretty much sums it up. I hope you enjoy it if you give it a go.
When will I go to now?

Jan 19, 2012, 2:03pm Top

My most recent read is fascinating Death Comes to Pemberley. Instead of contemporary England, P.D. James has set her latest book at Pemberley estate in 1803, six years after Miss Elizabeth Bennet has married Darcy. That is, P.D. James takes the prose of Jane Austen as her setting. James plus Austen is a fascinating combination, although there are some difficulties in the marriage. Here's my review.

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In the 1800's during the beginning of the Civil War in a sanitarium on Sanibel Island in Florida in Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall.

Jan 21, 2012, 10:18am Top

In the 1800's New England with Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund.

Jan 21, 2012, 10:47am Top

I'm in Regency England anxiously awaiting The Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer.

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I'm in the mid-late 1800s in Northern California (Sacramento and Bay areas) and beautiful Oahu in Bird of Another Heaven by James D. Houston

Jan 22, 2012, 5:07pm Top

I'm in the 1930s and rapidly making my way forward in WLT: A Radio Romance.

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Jan 29, 2012, 4:58pm Top

In 1937 in Peking where a young American woman's body has just been found in Midnight in Peking by Paul French.

Jan 30, 2012, 5:34am Top

I'm out in the Comancheria learning to Ride the Wind with 9 year-old abductee Cynthia Ann Parker.

So far it's been a difficult read - Robson really hasn't pulled any punches with the cruelties the Native American raiders committed. But she's also doing a good job of showing them at home and at play. A fascinating (and confusing) contrast for Cynthia. I'm very much enjoying it.

Jan 30, 2012, 12:21pm Top

I'm in Wales in 1798 with the Lord of Shadowhawk.

Feb 11, 2012, 6:53pm Top

I am in the Southwest of England in 1912 investigating Sir Owain for lunacy and helping the local police with the murder of two young girls in The Bedlam Detective by Stephen Gallagher.

Feb 16, 2012, 5:57pm Top

Left 1800's Nantucket in Ahab's Wife to fight in WWI France in War Horse. Now off to 1742 Venice to solve a mystery in Her Deadly Mischief.

Feb 16, 2012, 6:00pm Top

I really want to hear what you think of War Horse. The movie looks and sounds ghastly, but I have high hopes for the book.

I'm starting yet another Alan Lewrie high seas adventure, A King's Commander.

Feb 16, 2012, 6:04pm Top

The stage play of War Horse was fantastic. The best thing I've ever seen. The movie was a completely different animal. ;-)

Feb 16, 2012, 9:21pm Top

I am currently in Germany with Leisel Meminger during WWII in The Book Thief. The narrator of the book is Death, which proves an interesting perspective.

Feb 17, 2012, 4:51pm Top

48>War Horse is YA novel in the same vein as Black Beauty: first person narrative from the horse's POV, horse has beloved master/mistress, is sold, goes to war, etc. I don't usually like "animal with a human voice" type books (or movies!) but this one is unsentimental and does a good job of showing the horrors and total waste of WWI (and war in general.) I saw the stage play, last summer and adored it. It's pretty faithful to the book. I didn't see the movie.

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I am in the Reformation period reading selected essays, letters. Then I jumped to the outbreak of the Civil War with the the Gallant Mrs. Stonewall (wife of Stonewall Jackson). then I warp back to Last Days of Pompei.

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I am in Paris France 1860 where a sad widow is losing her house to make room for wider streets as she recounts the happy and sad times in her home.
The House I Loved by, Tatiana de Rosnay

Feb 18, 2012, 2:37pm Top

I'm in Brighton, England in 1811 in When Gods Die.

Feb 18, 2012, 5:57pm Top

I'm in Dodge City, Kansas, 1878 in Doc by Mary Doria Russell.

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I'm about to set out the 16th century, the 1930s and 1975 all at the same time.

Confused? Well I'm going to read M.D. Eyre's 'Burnfield':

Very interesting premise...

Feb 21, 2012, 9:21am Top

I have just stepped onto the gangplank of the Titanic on her maiden voyage on my way to make my dreams come true in America, This ship is beautiful I think its going to be a wonderful trip!;)

The Dressmaker by, Kate Alcott

Feb 21, 2012, 3:11pm Top

56 > Ooh that does sound interesting. I love a good old fashioned horror story!

I am currently trekking through blizzards and sub zero temperatures with Scot and his party on their ill fated expedition to the South Pole in Beryl Bainbridge's The Birthday Boys. It is absolutely brilliant, I can't believe I haven't read any of her books before. When I finish this I am going to have to go and get all of her other books from the library.

Feb 21, 2012, 4:10pm Top

#58 - The Birthday Boys is one of my favourite books. A beautifully told story, I found it heartbreaking and incredibly moving. I also read Master Georgie by her as well, and while it was quite good I didn't think it a patch on The Birthday Boys.

Feb 23, 2012, 10:37am Top

In the early 1900's, in Beatrice, Missouri, with new German immigrants Frederick and Jette in A Good American by Alex George.

Feb 24, 2012, 2:04pm Top

Oh my the ship hit an iceberg I didn't see that coming ;)

The Dressmaker by, Kate Alcott

Feb 25, 2012, 2:59pm Top

>61 susiesharp: Interesting article on how Kate Alcott (aka Patricia O'Brien) had to change her name to sell The Dressmaker, although she had previously published five other books under her own name:


Feb 25, 2012, 7:51pm Top

>62 MarysGirl:- Yep I saw that one, interesting. ..I'm enjoying this book so far.

Feb 26, 2012, 9:27am Top

In the early to mid 1900's in England as a lady maid to Lady Astor, the first woman elected to Parliament in Rose: My life in Service to Lady Astor by Rosina Harrison.

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I'm in Nang Harm in mid nineteenth century Siam; currently reading Bombay Anna, which delves into the credibility (and incredibility) of the life of Anna Leonowens.

Feb 27, 2012, 6:18am Top

I'm at the 1889 World Fair in Paris with muck-raking journalist Nellie Bly investigating The Alchemy of Murder - we may be on to Jack the Ripper amongst the Parisian anarchists. Now if we and Jules Verne (and Oscar Wilde) can only get Louis Pasteur to help, we may be able to untangle the mysterious Black Fever besetting the poorer districts as well!

Feb 27, 2012, 6:42pm Top

I am in 1744 at The Winter Palace in Russia.

Feb 27, 2012, 11:26pm Top

Summer of 1483 in London with Figures in Silk - and it's going to get ugly real soon.

Feb 28, 2012, 1:18pm Top

I'm in Alabama after the Civil War with Gus whose husband has just died in The Rebel Wife by Taylor Polites

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Mar 3, 2012, 9:55pm Top

Oooooh, like that, Samantha! I'm going to add that to my library.

I'm now in the summer of 1485 - but in a different book, reliving The Last Days of Richard III. Boy, did the Tudors re-write history....

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Mar 4, 2012, 6:23am Top

I agree, that sounds interesting. Of course I have a special interest, because I actually went to Cambridge for a year :-)

Mar 4, 2012, 9:45am Top

In 1491 in Toledo Spain, where the Inquisition is started and Isabel has been promised to a devout Catholic to save her from the fires in The Last song by Eva Wiseman

Mar 4, 2012, 2:04pm Top

I'm in mid 19th century England with Flashman, freshly expelled from Rugby and about to join the 11th Dragoons.

Mar 5, 2012, 3:37am Top

I'm in 1930's Germany where a young newlywed couple struggle to build a life together during uncertain economical times in Little Man, What Now? by Hans Fallada

Mar 5, 2012, 5:11am Top

I'm in 1947 Florida with Evie Spooner trying to figure out What I Saw and How I Lied. I get the feeling this is going to be a peek at the ugliness beneath the veneer of 1940s glamour.

Mar 5, 2012, 5:57am Top

Just stepped into a Jacobite-esque world with David Gemmell's 'Ravenheart'

Awesome read so far!

Mar 5, 2012, 11:51am Top

Bronze Age Lydia and Greece with a pair of fleeing royals in Children of Tantalus.

Mar 8, 2012, 7:19am Top

With the amiable lawyer/sleuth Matthew Shardlake in 16th cent. Great Britain in C.J. Sansom's Heartstone. This is the last mystery in a series of five that I have enjoyed immensely these last weeks. Truly Great Reading it was/is.

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Mar 9, 2012, 6:27pm Top

I'm in 16th and 17th century Scotland with Thomas Hope in Hope Endures by Nigel Tranter, his last book before passing away.

Mar 10, 2012, 11:59am Top

Getting ready to board the Titanic in Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage by Hugh Brewster

Mar 10, 2012, 2:50pm Top

Mid 1940s South Africa in Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country.


Mar 13, 2012, 1:29pm Top

I am in 1940's Seattle watching an awful time in US history as we are rounding up US citizens and putting them in internment camps
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford Narrated by, Feodor Chin

Mar 13, 2012, 3:50pm Top

Late 12th Century England and Normandy with The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick.

Mar 13, 2012, 5:30pm Top

Still in the 16th and 17th century Scotland, only with David Murray this time, in Right Royal Friend by Nigel Tranter.

Mar 13, 2012, 9:29pm Top

In 1582, Venice Italy with Gabriella, a woman doctor as she searches for her father in the book of Madness and Cures by Regina O'Melveny.

Mar 13, 2012, 9:53pm Top

I'm in 1803 Paris in The Garden Intrigue.

Mar 14, 2012, 12:20pm Top

I really loved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Hope you're enjoying it, too!

Mar 14, 2012, 8:24pm Top

I'm circa 1941 in an unamed country, but sounds like Bosnia, Serbia, or Croatia with The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht

Mar 14, 2012, 11:35pm Top

>90Caramellunacy--I did enjoy it very much!

Mar 16, 2012, 11:34am Top

Late 18C Venice in Cry to Heaven.

Mar 16, 2012, 4:40pm Top

Jackson, Mississippi, 1960 -- The Help ... slow to obtain a copy, but liking it greatly. I guess it counts as a historical? I'm still in early chapters.

Mar 16, 2012, 6:52pm Top

I am in Victorian London, helping Lady Julia Grey mourn her deceased husband in Silent in the Grave.

Mar 16, 2012, 8:13pm Top

I am Seeing a Large Cat with Elizabeth Peters in early 20th century Egypt.

Mar 17, 2012, 12:06pm Top

I'm out on the prairie in Nebraska in the late 19th century with My Àntonia by Willa Cather. It feels like going home!

Mar 18, 2012, 1:11pm Top

I'm in 1803 India hunting a rogue commander with Richard Sharpe inSharpe's Triumph.

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1847, but really later, having just finished Dessa Rose, by Sherley A. Williams. Beautiful, beautiful writing.

Mar 18, 2012, 5:48pm Top

In England during the reign of Charles I with Mariana by Susanna Kearsley

Mar 19, 2012, 11:39pm Top

I'm in Victorian France with Lucy Snowe in Charlotte Bronte's Vilette.

Mar 20, 2012, 4:41am Top

I officially give up on Matthew Pearl's books. He speaks to many people, but not to me. His historical fictions have, in three tries on my part, failed to convince me they were novel enough to support his ideas.

I've reviewed his latest, The Technologists, in my thread...post #176.

Mar 20, 2012, 6:13am Top

In 15th century France with Charles d'Orleans In A Dark Wood Wandering.

Mar 20, 2012, 3:50pm Top

>102 richardderus:
Well, I just bought this book, based on the recommendations of others. It's my first by Pearl, so I guess I'll find out if he he and I are a 'fit'. Like you, I'm intrigued by the stated idea of the work, and it would be quite a shame if it is not pulled off well enough for me actually read it.


Mar 21, 2012, 12:44am Top

I'm on my way to India. Just about to start A Passage to India

Mar 21, 2012, 7:54am Top

>104 Osbaldistone: Much better luck than I had to you, Os!

Mar 21, 2012, 7:17pm Top

Still on the prairie, but in North Dakota this time in the early 20th century with The Wedding Dress by Carrie Young.

Mar 21, 2012, 7:54pm Top

>107 dkhiggin:: The Wedding Dress is reserved for me at the library, I can't wait to pick it up tomorrow!

Mar 22, 2012, 12:03pm Top


If you like The Wedding Dress you should read Nothing to Do But Stay, also by Carrie Young. I grew up in South Dakota, so these books about pioneering on the Plains could be about my relatives, they seem so familiar!

Mar 22, 2012, 3:19pm Top

I'm in 1793 in Seduction by Brenda Joyce. Way too many books called Seduction to try to find the right title touchstone.

Mar 23, 2012, 3:13pm Top

Bronze Age Thebes with a young pregnant queen in Jocasta: Mother-Wife of Oedipus by Victoria Grossack.

Mar 23, 2012, 8:41pm Top

I'm in Egypt in the 21st century BC with Song of Isis.

Mar 23, 2012, 8:51pm Top

I've stalled 40% through Vilette by Charlotte Bronte...part lack of time, part finding it quite gloomy. Hopefully get back to it next week.

Mar 23, 2012, 9:38pm Top

I am in Venice in the mid 1500's with Jewish midwife Hannah as she, against Rabbis orders, attempts to deliver a Christian child in The midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich

Mar 25, 2012, 11:24am Top

I've just left Cultural Revolution-era China and the North Korea of today. I've reviewed, and ranted a good bit about, The Ginseng Hunter in my thread...post #155.

Mar 26, 2012, 1:43pm Top

Now I am in 11th century Norway with Gunnar's Daughter by Sigrid Undset. Love stories from Norway!

Mar 27, 2012, 8:29pm Top

Late 1890's in England as Thomas Pitt takes over as head of his department in Dorchester Terrace by Anne Perry.

Mar 28, 2012, 10:18am Top

1320 England - Dooms Day Book by Connie Willis

Apr 1, 2012, 7:50pm Top

It's 1126 AD and I am in the Welsh Marches with The Running Vixen by Elizabeth Chadwick.

Apr 2, 2012, 4:12am Top

I'm in 11th century Japan reading The Tale of Murasaki by Liza Dalby.

Apr 2, 2012, 7:07am Top

The early days of Elizabeth's reign in Oxford with Bruno Giordano. He's dodging charges of Heresy.

Apr 5, 2012, 6:27am Top

I'm going to visit my sister in Warwick over Easter, just wondering if anyone can recommend a book set in Warwick I could take with me?

Apr 5, 2012, 12:04pm Top

Late 1500's enroute from England to Roanoke Virginia in

White Seed: The Untold Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke by Paul Clayton

Apr 5, 2012, 8:40pm Top

I'm hanging out with Francie on her fire escape reading "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn." It's 1915 in ... Brooklyn.

Apr 7, 2012, 12:13am Top

>122 KayEluned:
Warwick, Rhode Island, US,
Warwick, Warwickshire, UK
some other Warwick I'm not familiar with?


Apr 7, 2012, 11:06am Top

I'm in the wild west with Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Listening to the audio version of Doc. Great narration has made this a very entertaining book.

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Apr 8, 2012, 10:22am Top

I'm in 1845 New York helping to form the first police department in The Gods of Gotham.

Apr 8, 2012, 8:58pm Top

I am in the exact same place as #128. I am liking this book very much.

Apr 9, 2012, 10:23am Top

I'm in 1920's Paris with Hemingway's The Paris Wife.

Apr 9, 2012, 11:47am Top

I've pretty much in Victorian England for about 6 months now, with this steampunk kick I've been on. Map of Time, Corsets and Clockwork, and the Leviathan trilogy. Next up is Soulless!

Apr 9, 2012, 3:07pm Top

#129 Beamis12...just finished...it was fabulous!

#131LAKobow...Map of Time sounds intriguing. I had to add to the pile! You are going to love Soulless...and then you will want to immediately read the next four in the series.

Apr 9, 2012, 10:10pm Top

I'm in Scotland at the beginning of the 20th century with A Scots Quair

Apr 10, 2012, 7:23am Top

I'm in 1920s England trying to figure out The Winter Garden Mystery

Apr 10, 2012, 12:44pm Top

I'm somewhere around the 12th century BC in Troy in Song of Achilles.

Apr 10, 2012, 1:03pm Top

I was showing someone around LibraryThing when I spotted this group and came back to join in. I have been thoroughly enjoying the 10-book series, Roma Sub Rosa, by Steven Saylor which take place in the first century BC. Gordianus the Finder is like a private detective who digs into deaths for people like Cicero. He comes in contact with other historical figures like Caesar, Mark Antony, and Pompey and we are given a very intimate portrayal of life in Rome. In several books Gordianus ends up in the middle of battles such as Brundidium and the siege of Massilia. I think my new favorite genre is historical fiction/mystery which was really inspired by Ariana Franklin's medieval mystery series which started with The Mistress of the Art of Death. I look forward to seeing what others are reading here.

Apr 10, 2012, 5:41pm Top

Considering re-reading the Outlander series this spring and summer in anticipation of the new one coming out this fall. . .

Apr 10, 2012, 6:33pm Top

I'm in 1583 with Giordano Bruno and John Dee trying to see about a Prophecy.

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# 132 Litasbooks. Finished as well and also thought it was awesome. Sounds like it is going to be a series didn't it?

Apr 10, 2012, 7:10pm Top

At the end of World War II, deep in the Appalachians of North Carolina as Lauren meets a mute stranger with a flute in The Cove by Ron Rash

Apr 10, 2012, 10:08pm Top

#139 Beamis12...it wouldn't surprise me in the least if it turned into a series!

Just finished Morality Play by Barry Unsworth...also a fabulous read. I finished too quickly though and now I have to find something for tomorrow!!

Apr 14, 2012, 12:25am Top

403-493 Irland and Britain - Patrick by Stephen Lawhead. A historical fiction about St Patrick.

Apr 14, 2012, 12:37am Top

Victorian England with Bathsheba Everdene and Gabriel Oak so Far From the Madding Crowd.

Apr 14, 2012, 2:21am Top

I'm in late 20th Century (80s and 90s) all over the world - I am reading Deliver Us From Evil by William Shawcross a history of UN Peacekeeping in the latter part of the 20th Century.

After that I am spoiled for Choice with Hereward by James Wilde or Sworn Sword by James Aitcheson to take me to just post conqest England. Or there is King's Gold by Michael Jecks to get to England at the end of Edward II's reign.


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Apr 14, 2012, 10:50am Top

I'm in 1583 London with Giordano Bruno and Dr Dee discussing Prophecy

Apr 14, 2012, 3:33pm Top

1690s South Africa, Arabia, and *snore*England via Monsoon; I've written my review in my thread...post #173.

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World War II and heading to France as part of a covert unit, to be a courier and to attempt to persuade an old family friend, who is a scientist, to defect to England to continue working on the atomic bomb in Trapeze by Simon Mawer.

Apr 18, 2012, 5:02am Top

>61 susiesharp: susiesharp, did you like the book though(The Dressmaker)? I just looked it up at my library and they don't have it. Is it worth buying do you think?
I notice you have also read The Winter Palace which I have just finished and was a bit disappointed with, just an OK read in my opinion.

I am currently in the 1200's with Princess Alais of France with The Lost Letters of Aquitaine also known as The Canterbury Papers in some countries.

Apr 18, 2012, 8:22am Top

I'm in 1871 Louisiana in Conor's Way.

Apr 18, 2012, 1:18pm Top

I was in New York and Wichita KA with Cora Carlisle in The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty. An excellent historical fiction that I received from early reviewers. Highly recommend.

Apr 18, 2012, 2:52pm Top

>#149- The Dressmaker was very interesting to me because it's goes into what happened after the Titanic went down, the senate hearings and the rumors about the lifeboats plus a story of a girl coming to America I enjoyed it.

As for The Winter Palace I attempted to listen to that one on audio and the narration was awful so I will try to
someday pick it back up in paper form but as of right now it is a DNF for me.

Apr 18, 2012, 5:45pm Top

1969 in a US High School in The Wave by Todd Strasser, a fictionalized account of an actual event. It's a quick read (a couple of hours) recommended by my teenage kids, and a scary tale of how the rush we get from being part of "the group" can easily override our basic moral sense.


Apr 18, 2012, 6:08pm Top

Really looking forward to this one.

Apr 18, 2012, 6:09pm Top

In the late 1800's on Oahu with Rachel and her family in Molokai by Alan Brennert.

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I am in Georgia, USA in 1939 right before WWII starts in Sophie and the Rising Sun.

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Apr 24, 2012, 5:52am Top

I am in ancient Rome (104 AD) with Empress of the Seven Hills by Kate Quinn. However the title here in Australia is Empress of Rome. So far it is quite a good read.

Apr 24, 2012, 6:49pm Top

In the 1600's in Dutch New Amsterdam where orphan children are going missing in The Orphanmaster by Jean Zimmerman

Apr 27, 2012, 1:43pm Top

I've been in the boonies for awhile!

I recently finished chasing Dracula from Transylvania to England and back to Transylvania in the mid 1800s.

I also spent some time with Dora Thorne in 19th century England.

I am currently in the late 17th century Amsterdam hoping The Coffee Trader can get out of the jam he's in.

Apr 29, 2012, 8:17pm Top

Recovering from a month-long cold that went into bronchitis, so I've been sleeping rather than reading, although I've been reading Under the Greenwood Tree slowly.

Apr 29, 2012, 8:24pm Top

I am in Regency England reading letters to My Dear Charlotte by Hazel Holt.

Apr 30, 2012, 9:59am Top

In the mid 17C traveling around Europe with two remarkable women The Kings' Mistresses. (NF but fasinating!)

Apr 30, 2012, 10:15am Top

It is 1537 and I'm in Sussex with Matthew Shardlake trying to suss out a murder.

May 1, 2012, 5:15pm Top

In WWII, era Bergerac, France. Reading 'The Cyclist' by Fred Nath. Only a little bit in, but am totally captivated so far...

May 1, 2012, 5:31pm Top

I am in England just after WWII and heading to Guernsey..The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

May 2, 2012, 11:06am Top

I'm in Wolf Hall right now. Expecting an exciting time.

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I loved Wolf Hall and need to go find the newly released sequel Bring up the Bodies.

May 2, 2012, 1:19pm Top

It's the early 1800s Scotland, in Stuart Kelly's Scott-land. History/biography/travelogue, not fiction, but very much about Walter Scott's historical fiction.


May 2, 2012, 4:23pm Top

I am in 1948 in Donora, PA admidst the killer fog in After the Fog by Kathleen Shoop

May 3, 2012, 12:07am Top

Tudor England reading the second book in a very good series Keeper of the King's Secrets. The central characters are a Dutch woman painter and King Henry's black ops guy. It's odd to read when you know the history, the Boleyns are minor characters, Wolsey a major one but the divorce is still a couple of years away.

May 3, 2012, 4:23pm Top

May 3, 2012, 4:50pm Top

#172, I loved Time and Chance, I think it's the best of that series. Loved reading about Eleanor and Henry together.

May 3, 2012, 9:04pm Top

I am in Australia in 1939 with Thorn on the Rose by Joy Dettman

May 4, 2012, 5:54pm Top

I've written my review of the fantastical, magical-realistic novel of WWI, called Flanders: a novel, by Patricia Anthony, in my thread...post #182.

May 4, 2012, 6:40pm Top

I'm in the late 17th century at the Palace of Versailles with Marie-Josephe and the Sea Monster in The Moon and the Sun by Vonda N. McIntyre. The writing is not up-to-par with what I am used to, though.

May 4, 2012, 7:14pm Top

Back in the days of the Trojan War with Achilles and Patroclus in The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

May 5, 2012, 4:23pm Top

Also in Mycenean Greece with Agamemnon's young son Orestes in The Young Lion by Laura Gill.

May 7, 2012, 1:11am Top

I am at the end of the 12th century and beginning of the 13th century in the world of William Marshal, who served and survived 4 Planagenet Kings. Elizabeth Chadwick is taking me me through the death of Richard the Lion Hearted, the reign of King John, the signing of the Magna Carta, and the numerous intrigues of the period in The Scarlet Lion.

May 8, 2012, 12:42pm Top

WWII Hollywood producing training films an propaganda for the WASP in Hollywood Buzz by Margit Liesche.

May 12, 2012, 1:51am Top

I have been in 1326 England with King's Gold then soon after I was in Byzantine Anatolia in 1042 reading Strategos: Born in the Borderlands and now have been spending time in Anglo Danish England - first in 1014 - 1016 with Shieldwall and now it is 1062 and I am reading Hereward

That has been the historical fiction over the last few weeks.


May 12, 2012, 12:21pm Top

I'm in the mid-12th century in England and France in Time and Chance.

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May 13, 2012, 6:55pm Top

1910 Genoa with the wealthy Berilli family in House of Serenades by Lina Simoni.

May 13, 2012, 7:31pm Top

I am in London, 1811 in Why Mermaids Sing by C.S. Harris

May 13, 2012, 7:58pm Top

I've been out on the farm in mid-19th century England with Cousin Phillis grieving over a lost love.

May 14, 2012, 5:38am Top

14th Century England with Katherine Swynford.

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I've just arrived back to present day Australia after being immersed in 11thC Europe with Viking, King's Man by Tim Severin. A perfect mix of fiction with real historical touches.

It was my first book of Viking adventures and I'm hooked! Unfortunately, however, I picked up the last book in his trilogy... so I'll be going back to the library to look for the earlier ones Viking, Odin's Child and Viking, Sworn Brother to round out that voyage! #116 - I'm going to try your title too. Thanks for the tip.

May 15, 2012, 9:28am Top

I'm still waiting for my ARC of Bring Up the Bodies from the LT Early Reviewers, so while I sit at this metaphorical train station, I'm reading Wolf Hall again...

May 15, 2012, 11:40am Top

#189 I am so excited about this book! I can't decide whether I need to re-read Wolf Hall first though, it's just such a long book....

May 15, 2012, 12:30pm Top

Depression era USA for me, in The Grapes of Wrath.

May 15, 2012, 2:35pm Top

I am in Egypt in the 1st century BC with Cleopatra by H. Rider Haggard. This is my first book by Haggard, and I am enjoying it tremendously!

May 15, 2012, 2:36pm Top

> #188

Gunnar's Daughter might be hard to find. Good luck!

May 15, 2012, 5:02pm Top

Love this series!

May 15, 2012, 6:49pm Top

Early 1900's in Korea with Regret (that is a girl's name because only boys were valued) in Honolulu by Alan Brennert.

May 15, 2012, 7:40pm Top

In 1927 following Lindbergh and his competitors make the first attempt to fly across the Atlantic in Atlantic Fever by Joe Jackson.

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May 17, 2012, 3:28pm Top

I went back to early 20th-century Japan for a visit. I've written a fill-in review for an old book circle read, Memoirs of a Geisha, over in my Orphaned Reads thread...post #213.

Such lovely writing, I feel a little bit guilty about only giving it three stars.

May 17, 2012, 7:21pm Top

In Berlin, 1938 with Hannah Vogel as she tries to find a young Jewish girl in A City of Broken Glass by Rebecca Cantrell.

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Moved forward from the 1st century BC to the 1st century AD, now in Judea with the Pearl-Maiden by H. Rider Haggard.

I really, really enjoyed his Cleopatra although the biblical language (as found in the King James version of the Bible -- lots of thees and thous and sayest and goest, etc) might put off some readers. I was impressed with his ability to make all the characters seem so real.

May 21, 2012, 9:23pm Top

>200 dkhiggin:
I don't get the reason for 16th century language for a 1st century story. If you're going to translate into a modern language anyway, why not keep it truly modern? I know the idea is for it to 'feel' ancient, but that's often accomplished through sentence structure and word choice (Yiddish grammar and phrases, perhaps, for 1st century Judea?).


May 22, 2012, 12:15pm Top

>201 Osbaldistone:

I'm pretty sure Haggard was trying to evoke an "ancient" feeling with the stilted language, but, then again, I have no idea how ancient Egyptians talked. Maybe they used an Egyptian form of thee and thou? The premise of the book is that it is a translation of three scrolls found with a man who was buried alive, so it is supposed to be as written by a first century Egyptian.

May 24, 2012, 3:51am Top

I am in England with Robin Hood, getting ready to fight in the Holy War in Holy Warrior by Angus Donald. This is the second book in this series. I am quite enjoying it, and it seems just as good as the first one so far (the title of the first one is Outlaw).

May 25, 2012, 2:45pm Top

I am in 1911 England where trouble is afoot and a present day story trying to figure out a mystery in The Unseen by, Katherine Webb

May 26, 2012, 6:27pm Top

I'm on a real H. Rider Haggard kick! Moved back in time to the 9th century BC with Odysseus traveling around the Mediterrean in The World's Desire.

May 28, 2012, 12:09am Top

Started the book in the Italian Alps and it lead me to New York City. Reading Shoemaker's Wife and really enjoying it.

May 28, 2012, 10:14am Top

Edinburgh Castle, 1560 with Rinette as Mary of Guise, the Queen of Scotland, is dying and asking Rinette to hide a casket of letters to give to her daughter, Mary, if she ever sets foot on Scottish soil again. The Flower Reader by Elizabeth Loupas

May 28, 2012, 1:32pm Top

Eve of the Cuban Missile Crisis - The Way The Crow Flies on a Royal Canadian Air Force Station.

May 28, 2012, 10:34pm Top

I'm in London in 1889 in The Yard.

May 28, 2012, 11:26pm Top

>201 Osbaldistone:, 202. Ancient Egyptian did not have the kind of formal and informal (familiar) pronouns found in King James English ("you" versus "thou") and in many modern European languages (and note that "thou" is the familiar form). That doesn't mean that an Egyptian addressing a superior wouldn't use formal language!

Quite a few authors have made the mistake of thinking that their ancient characters need to speak old-fashioned English; Eloise Jarvis McGraw (definitely NOT recommended) did that, but inconsistently, which may be even more distracting for the reader. The problem is not confined to mediocre fiction, either. Even older grammar books (hi there, Sir Alan Gardiner) translate the "presentative particle" as "behold"! That wouldn't have sounded natural to an English-speaking reader in the early twentieth century, nor does it now.

On the other hand, some historical novels set in the ancient world feature characters who use far too much slang--rather the opposite problem. There's a series of Roman novels whose author I've forgotten because I found the slang so wearisome that I stopped reading about thirty pages into the story.

May 29, 2012, 6:43pm Top

I stayed in post conquest England through Sworn Sword by James Aitcheson and am now in Mughal Indian aroudn 1625 with The Tainted Throne by Alex Rutherford

I should have that one finished by today


May 31, 2012, 6:01pm Top

In 1962 with an asst. coroner as he investigates the death of Marilyn Monroe in an ARC of The Empty Glass by J. J. Baker

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Jun 3, 2012, 12:30pm Top

Luen tällä hetkellä Catherine Cooksonin Tyttö ja kartanonherra kirjaa.
Sijoittuu 1800-luvun Englantiin.

Jun 3, 2012, 1:53pm Top

>214 lukutoukka83:
I translate this roughly as "I read at this time in 19th-century England "Lord of the Manor" and The Girl by Catherine Cookson. Not sure about that Lord of the Manor, as that's how it translates but I don't know of a Cookson book by that name. Perhaps The Lord and Mary Ann?. Possibly a completely different name in Finnish. Possibly I've just screwed up the translation.


Jun 5, 2012, 8:06am Top

Returning to India in the second volume of the Raj Quartet, The Day of the Scorpion. Biggest thing I've learned so far: "scorpion" doesn't have an "a" in it.

Jun 5, 2012, 8:47am Top

In occupied France during WWII with Code Name Verity. It's slow going for me. I'm not that drawn in.

Jun 5, 2012, 11:37am Top

Roaming 12C Normandy and France with the disinherited Empress Matilda and her son the future Henry II in Lady of the English.

Jun 5, 2012, 12:54pm Top

In 1400s Florence (under the rule of Cosimo de Medici) reading a re-telling of Romeo and Juliet set there where the lovers are attracted to each other by lively debate over Dante's La Vita Nuova - O, Juliet by Robin Maxwell.

Jun 5, 2012, 6:09pm Top

I'm in Paris 1920's in The Sun Also Rises.

Jun 5, 2012, 6:30pm Top

I'm in Regency England with The Heiress Companion.

Jun 5, 2012, 6:33pm Top

>218 MarysGirl:
Re: Lady of the English. Let me know if you run across anyone named Blount, Blunt, or le Blunt. Probably a cousin, if not a direct ancestor. My ancestor was living in what is now Norfolk at that time, but owned land (taken after the Conquest) in the Midlands and a few other spots as well. Ended up marrying what I am sure was a lovely young thing named Gundreda Ferrers who was living with her father in a wooden fort on the edge of the world (Tutbury).


Jun 5, 2012, 7:36pm Top

I am currently in Austria (1770 at the moment) with Marie Antoinette preparing for the upcoming marriage to the French Dauphin. Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey

Jun 5, 2012, 10:13pm Top

Between England and France in Through a Glass Darkly.

Jun 5, 2012, 10:36pm Top

I am through jules verne on the St Johns river, near St Augustine, Florida, on a steamship of which half the passengers are abolitionists and the other half pro-plantation system in Nord contre Sud, North against South.

Jun 6, 2012, 1:12am Top

I'm in England in 1913, with a 17 year-old boy eager to fight something (oh dear), in Susan Howatch's Penmarric

Jun 6, 2012, 1:49am Top

>225 Artymedon:
Sounds fascinating. What is the specific Verne work you are reading?


Jun 6, 2012, 4:17am Top

Continuing in Renaissance Florence (I just couldn't stay away), I'm now trying to discover the third assassin of Giuliano de' Medici with the help of Leonardo da Vinci, steer clear of Savonarola and figure out what evil portents await in I, Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis.

Jun 7, 2012, 4:18am Top

I have read I, Mona Lisa and I really liked it!

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Traveling by train to New York City in 1922 with Cora and a young Louise Brooks in The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty.

Jun 11, 2012, 3:30pm Top

I am in the late 8th century, first in Denmark, then Byzantium, and later, I think, Egypt with Olaf and The Wanderer's Necklace by H. Rider Haggard.

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ktbarnes -- One of my all time favorite books! ENJOY

In 15th century Castile in The Queen's Vow.

Jun 11, 2012, 5:56pm Top

I'm in England in 1819 in "Unlaced" by Delilah Marvelle in Rules of Engagement.

Jun 13, 2012, 1:54am Top

I'm traveling across the midwest on a train headed for Montana in 1889 (page 24) in Ivan Doig's "Dancing at the Rascal Fair."

Jun 13, 2012, 11:19am Top

I've just left John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford behind...I've reviewed Anya Seton's smash hit Katherine in my thread...post #19.

Jun 13, 2012, 12:34pm Top

I am in 1910 in a cabin north of the Arctic Circle.

Revolver by, Marcus Sedgwick

Jun 15, 2012, 12:43pm Top

I'm in Manhattan in 1871 in The Virgin Cure.

Jun 15, 2012, 6:00pm Top

I am in the far, far distant past in the fields we know in Ireland with Alveric and The King of Elfland's Daughter. Not strictly historical fiction, but...a really good story so far!

Jun 18, 2012, 1:40am Top

Travelling horseback on the steppes of Western Asia during the Stone Age in White Mare's Daughter

Jun 19, 2012, 6:17pm Top

In 1882, Victorian London, with the medical Examiner Dr, Bernard Kinglsey as he investigates the death of Inspector Christian Little in The Yard by Alex Grecian

Jun 19, 2012, 7:39pm Top

I'm swashbuckling around the Caribbean with Captain Blood in the late 17th century.

Jun 20, 2012, 4:35am Top

I have rejoined Robin Hood and Alan Dale in the third book in Angus Donald's Outlaw Chronicles trilogy The Kings Man. It is every bit as good as the first two books in the series so far.

Jun 26, 2012, 6:27pm Top

I've just left the Austro-Hungarian Empire, between 1859 and 1916. I've finished and reviewed a Book Circle read, The Radetzky March, in my thread...post #210.

I'm really glad I read it. Very touching ending.

Jun 27, 2012, 12:13am Top

I am once again in Regency England under False Colours by Georgette Heyer.

Jun 27, 2012, 2:42pm Top

I am headed to New York in 1922 with Louise Brooks and her Chaperone.

The Chaperone by, Laura Moriarty

Jun 27, 2012, 8:22pm Top

I'm in the court of Henry VIII in 1535 in Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel.

Jun 29, 2012, 10:14pm Top

246 I am so excited about reading Bring Up the Bodies I can hardly wait, but I am re-reading Wolf Hall first.

Jun 30, 2012, 11:00am Top

Left the Forbidden City in mid-19th C in Empress Orchid by Anchee Min and traveled across the Pacific to Civil War USA in Lincoln by Gore Vidal.

Jun 30, 2012, 12:46pm Top

In England, 1527 - Wolf Hall

Jun 30, 2012, 8:00pm Top

I'm going old school with Pride and Prejudice in Regency England.

Jul 1, 2012, 6:19am Top

It is 1590 and I just moved from Venice to Padua in The Book of Madness and Cures, I'll have to see where the journey takes me. Looks like a long way from the map:)

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calm 251- I read and reviewed this book. A good read.
You can see my review at:http://mnleona.blogspot.com/2012/06/book-of-madness-and-cures.html

Jul 2, 2012, 12:19pm Top

Thanks mnleona - obviously I'm not looking at any reviews until I've finished:) Hope I remember to come back and see what you thought.

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I am reading Jackson by Paul Vickery
begins March 4, 1829
Andrew Jackson
Not in brackets because it brings up a beer book.

Jul 2, 2012, 3:45pm Top

Wondering around the Mediterranean in 1C BCE to see The Seven Wonders.

Jul 3, 2012, 2:12pm Top

I'm in 1920 around London and Essex in The Confession.

Jul 4, 2012, 8:32pm Top

Still in London, but now in 1831 in The Governess Affair.

Jul 5, 2012, 4:43am Top

I'm now in 12th century Sicily with Thurstan Beauchamp in The Ruby in her Navel by Barry Unsworth.

Jul 5, 2012, 7:07pm Top

I have finally managed to join Thomas Cromwell in England in the 1500's by starting Wolf Hall. So many good reviews, how could I not have read this one already?

Jul 5, 2012, 9:09pm Top

>259 Roro8: - Hey we can't all read all the good books when they come out... I've only just added Wolf Hall to the wishlist last week!

Jul 5, 2012, 11:18pm Top

>260 Polaris-: It is nice to know I am not alone.

Jul 6, 2012, 12:55pm Top

I'm back and forth between Canada and the U.S. in A Good Man.

Jul 6, 2012, 4:07pm Top

I am in 1836 on Wreckers Cay with Emily, as she attempts to keep the lighthouse going after the mysterious disappearance of her husband in The woman at the light by Joanna Brady.

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Early 19th c., reading Walter Scott on Himself, Sir Walter Scott's memoirs and letters which I'm reading in anticipation of going back to 1745 Scotland when I re-read Scott's Waverley.


Jul 6, 2012, 6:49pm Top

>260 Polaris-:
The chief objection to new books is that
they prevent us from reading the old ones.

-- Joubert

Jul 10, 2012, 2:22pm Top

>@63-beamis-- Really good book!

I am in 1931 London with Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie as she tries to figure out who murdered the man in her bathtub.

--Her Royal Spyness by, Rhys Bowen

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I'm in 1918 in a middlewestern university town, patterned on Evanston, Illinois, in Bertram Cope's Year by Henry Blake Fuller

Jul 12, 2012, 11:08am Top

Civil War Washington, D.C. in Gore Vidal's Lincoln.

Jul 13, 2012, 2:19am Top

>259 Roro8:, >260 Polaris-: You will love it! Lost track of who was who several times, but caught up.

Jul 14, 2012, 7:03pm Top

1780's England in The Favored Child by Philippa Gregory

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Aug 7, 2012, 10:24am Top

I was in Alaska in 1898, Where Heaven Begins by Roberta Bittner

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Aug 7, 2012, 4:00pm Top

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