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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sandlynn wrote:


I haven't gone through my entire list of unread books yet but the few I have set in Germany that I know of thus far are:

A Bed of Spices by Barbara Samuel
Perfidia by Elspeth McKendrick
Shining Through by Susan Isaacs (at least partly set in Germany)

Too bad Ibbotson's books are set in Austria because I have a couple of hers too. Close but no cigar, I guess.



I have read all those but the Samuel's. My favorite Ibbotson is unfortunately set in Russia/England. No ancestors there. Wouldn't count anyway - I've read them. Although "A Company of Swans" is set in South America for anyone looking for an exotic local.

Will check out the Samue's now!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

maggie b. wrote:
Sandlyn:

What books do you have set in Germany? I have ancestors from Germany, Italy and Spain. I read books set in all three last year. I am trying to decide which one to do again - probably not Italy, that one is easy.

Maybe Germany or Spain. SO -- What do you have?

maggie b.


Germany:

Elizabeth Peter's contemporary Vicky Bliss mystery/romance series is set in Germany. Though the books that chiefly takes place there are her first (sans main hero) - Borrower of the Night and the fourth - Trojan Gold

Spain:

Mary Balogh's Beyond The Sunrise takes place in Portugal & Spain (Peninsular War)
Carla Kelly: The Wedding Journey(Peninsular War)
Carrie Lofty: A Scoundrel's Kiss (medieval)
Teresa Denys: Flesh and the Devil (Renaissance)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Mary Balogh's Beyond The Sunrise takes place in Portugal & Spain (Peninsular War)
Carla Kelly: The Wedding Journey(Peninsular War)
Carrie Lofty: A Scoundrel's Kiss (medieval)
Teresa Denys: Flesh and the Devil (Renaissance)


I haven't read the Lofty and Denys. Thanks for the recommend!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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[b Hopefully that will motivate me to read Crystal Flame before nearly another decade passes Laughing


LOL Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How to Marry a Duke by Vicki Dreling

Book by debut author.

I am sure a lot of people would love this Regency novel which deals with a matchmaker who uses a version of the Bachelor to help a Duke find his Duchess. I just couldn't get my head around the behavior of the contestants and their parents. Or the Duke and his family.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

maggie b. wrote:
library addict wrote:
[b Hopefully that will motivate me to read Crystal Flame before nearly another decade passes Laughing


LOL Laughing

maggie b.
I did read Crystal Flame and enjoyed it much more than Sweet Starfire. It was a bit heavy on the whole dark/light-male/female metaphor, but had more of Krentz' usual humor and I liked the hero & heroine. Not going to count it toward the challenge though as I have plenty of others in my TBR pile. Wish these had been available in e. As much as I love hardback books, this 2-in-1 edition was a bit unwieldy.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm old Very Happy If I do my birth year I might just be doing Georgette Heyer.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm old Very Happy If I do my birth year I might just be doing Georgette Heyer.


Lucky you! She is a favorite of a lot of folks Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another that takes place in Spain and unlike a couple of the others not OOP and expensive though only in e-book form: Susanna Fraser: The Sergeants Lady

And speaking of Heyer there's Beauvallet and The Spanish Bride
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the first time I will do the challenge. Let's see how it goes!

First book in the challenge:
At the Movies!
Category 3: Wildcard!
And the Oscar goes to . . . AAR contest winner


I decided to use a book from the latest Top 100 Romances Poll, and since I had already read most of the books at the top of the list, I selected some of the books at the end of the list as potential options. I ended up reading #99: And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke. The book tells the story of Emma Dove, who works as a secretary for Lord Marlowe, viscount and publisher.
I really enjoyed reading the first chapters, where Emma makes painful, but necessary, reflections about herself and her life, and her relationship with her employer. However, the end of the book seemed a little bit rushed. I would love to have seen Lord Marlowe learn as much about himself as Emma did. Nevertheless, it was quite a good book, and a very nice reading.
Moving on to the 2nd book in the challenge now...


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PWNN wrote:
Another that takes place in Spain and unlike a couple of the others not OOP and expensive though only in e-book form: Susanna Fraser: The Sergeants Lady

And speaking of Heyer there's Beauvallet and The Spanish Bride


I have been meaning to read The Sergeant's Lady by Fraser. I didn't realize it takes place in Spain. This will be my challenge book. Will download to my kindle today.

And PWWN, thanks so much for your help. You have been a treasure house of information!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

karat wrote:
This is the first time I will do the challenge. Let's see how it goes!

First book in the challenge:
At the Movies!
Category 3: Wildcard!
And the Oscar goes to . . .
AAR contest winner


I decided to use a book from the latest Top 100 Romances Poll, and since I had already read most of the books at the top of the list, I selected some of the books at the end of the list as potential options. I ended up reading #99: And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke. The book tells the story of Emma Dove, who works as a secretary for Lord Marlowe, viscount and publisher.
I really enjoyed reading the first chapters, where Emma makes painful, but necessary, reflections about herself and her life, and her relationship with her employer. However, the end of the book seemed a little bit rushed. I would love to have seen Lord Marlowe learn as much about himself as Emma did. Nevertheless, it was quite a good book, and a very nice reading.
Moving on to the 2nd book in the challenge now...


Welcome Karat! Glad you liked the first book (for the most part) and good luck with the second!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, maggie b.!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dinner and a Movie

Always the Baker, Never the Bride
Sandra Bricker

My sister advised me this was free for the Kindle, so I downloaded assuming I would get to it some time much, much later. Then I was stuck for an hour, no book and only my cell phone. BUT my cell has Kindle too. I started this, certain that the new method of reading would irritate me so bad I wouldn't finish. I was completely wrong. The phone thing worked out easily, the book was fantastic


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When diabetic Emma Rae Travis wins the prestigious Passionate Palate Award for her innovative crème brûlée wedding cake, she is thrilled to be offered the position of pastry chef by the new proprietors of the Tanglewood Inn, an Atlanta institution being renovated into a five-star wedding-destination hotel. She is also attracted to its CEO. But Jackson Drake is still mourning his beloved wife’s untimely passing and is unable to reconcile his burgeoning feelings for Emma Rae with his loyalty to Desirée’s memory. Although both consider themselves blessed with supportive family and friends, Emma Rae and Jackson would rather be spared the well-meaning efforts at convincing them to return to their childhood faith. And when Emma Rae’s unappreciative former boss and her ex-boyfriend—the cad and his fiancée are about to become the Tanglewood’s first wedding clients—both suddenly want her back, Bricker’s contemporary inspirational romance really heats up! Topical recipes, menus, and how-to tips entice the reader with an insider’s perspective on the lucrative business surrounding all things bridal. --Lynne Welch


I loved Emma and Jackson. They were both great people and deserved their HEA. This book had some terrific LOL moments and some even better over the top sweet ones. A great all around read for me -- it has sold me on reading on my cell!

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AT the movies challenge, 2 down ten to go.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Added a category to do with the medical profession in honor of an old favorite film I ran across tonight.

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