Daughter of the Forest was an outstanding read--one that kept me turning the next page in anticipation. Although it is a retelling of The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen, this book was as fresh and unexpected as a totally new story. The atmosphere is enchanting and the book is lyrical, taking flight in so many ways.
Jane Austen fans, take note. The book Keeping the castle is a fun, fresh take on a familiar Jane Austen setting. Everyone will enjoy lovely 17-year-old Althea's quick wit and quicker quips. Impoverished nobility, Althea's mother, Althea, and her little brother, the heir, cope in their crumbling faux castle with amazing creativity.
Welsh-born Morwenna Phelps has just transferred to an English Boarding School and the custody of her here-to-fore absent father and his three odd sisters. It’s a lot to take in at one time. Also, she’s living with a disability, incurred when she and her twin sister together prevented her half-mad witch mother from destroying the world. She and her sister, you see, saw fairies in the industrial ruins in the Welsh countryside and her mother tried to take control of the
The Jane Austen Book club is reading Margaret Maron this year. She's a North Carolina native whose first novel, "Bootlegger's Daughter" won every major mystery award for best first novel. That book was the first to feature Deborah Knott, whose colorful Daddy was a bootlegger. Deborah is an attorney who decides to take a stand against "mean-minded judicial pettiness" and take on the Old Boy's Club by running for a retiring judge's seat.
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