Sunday, February 28, 2010

Suddenly Sunday

Today I'm going to jump in and join Muse at Confessions and Ramblings of a Muse in the Fog in her Suddenly Sunday meme. The weeks are flying by, so it's nice to sit quietly and contemplate what I have accomplished in reading and what new books and authors I'm eager to explore soon.

I recently posted my review of the lovely book, The Queen's Dollmaker by Christine Trent, and was delighted when the author stopped in and left a comment thanking me for writing such a nice review of her book. I think it's a thrill to know that authors are reading our blogs! She said to look for her new release next year, The Wax Apprentice, featuring Madame Tussaud. You can visit Christine Trent's website here.

The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn was a much-anticipated read for me, and it was worth the wait! I love a tall, dark, mysterious, naughty man, and Count Andrei was definitely enticing! (sshhh! don't tell my husband! ;)

The Heaven Tree Trilogy by Edith Pargeter was a library find that took me an entire year to work through, but it was a wonderful, enriching historical read. Fans of Sharon Kay Penman would enjoy this trilogy.

What's coming up soon?

I've started exploring the delightful Morland Dynasty chronicles by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. The publisher describes this sweeping historical family saga as:

"war and famine, peace and plenty, love and loyalty, greed and envy,
courts of kings and salons on the Regency, the battlefields of Culloden,
the slums surrounding cotton mills....the Morland family feuds and reconciles
themselves through the centuries...they bloom in times of fortune and shoulder
the privations of poverty with stoicism, and their story brings the vivid
history of their times to life with extraordinary brilliance."

There are over thirty novels in the series, so there's a lifetime of geat reading ahead!


And as the 2010 Olympics draw to a close, here's a nod to two of my favorite things: ice skating and Lady Gaga! Enjoy!


Svea Love said...

So glad you have joined Suddenly Sunday Joanne :)

I have always enjoyed Deanna Raybourn, so I think I will have to pick up this new book of hers! Looking forward to your reviews of the Morland Dynasty series, I have been wanting to read some of those for a long time. Have a great week!!!

Passages to the Past said...

Leave it to Johnny to skate to Lady Gaga!

I too am starting The Morland Dynasty soon and am sooo excited! I also enjoyed The Queen's Dollmaker and Christine is one of the nicest authors out there!

I'm so glad you liked The Heaven Tree's on my wishlist.

Have a good week Joanne!

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