- member since February 21, 2009
Hello Jane Porter,
Let me paint a picture with words:
You are in a forest with the sounds of a flowing brook nearby. A light breeze brings in the scent of pine trees and honeysuckles. You look up and hear a woodpecker on a nearby tree echoing through the woods and it brings a smile. Never having been on this forest path you follow a peculiar trail of roses that starts on the trail and leads off into the deeper woods. It’s a strange place for cultivated roses. One rose after another; they beckon you to follow them. The scent is light and wonderful, sparkles of purple float up from the flowers into the wind and drift off.
“What on Earth?” In a hole in an oak tree you find three small bottles of honey. A single drop of honey on your tongue is so sweet and delicious as if you haven’t eaten in a week.
“That is my honey.” The voice is a big one though not threatening.
You come face to face with the big red dragon. “Oh my.”
You have a nice shelf.
I hope you are reading lots of interesting books.
Dracula: Hearts of Stone is about a suicidal Dracula (he’s a good guy in this trilogy) that must snap out of his funk if he is to help save the world from evil vampires. He's created vampire sheriffs to battle the bad guys but they're being overrun. Piers Anthony (the author) is trying desperately to get him to jump into the battle. It's a tale of vampires, wizards and romance.
Knights of the Dragon is about a dragon that hires knights to help save Leeander and a young boy that the dragon cares about.
Unrealistic or not my writing gives me hope. But with something like 50 000 books published every month it is a little discouraging. I didn’t think there were that many writers.
Hi Jane, hope you are well. I think The Magic Tree and The Magic Faraway Tree are one of same? It's a shame your friend had a bad experience on ebay. I've also been scammed on ebay quite recently and it certainly puts you off. I prefer Amazon. I'm trying to think of the tv programme you mentioned but nothings coming to mind at the moment. I'll keep thinking on it.
I'm still reading Elizabeth Chadwick and have completed Lady of the English, The Love Knot and am halfway through The Champion. Hope you're books have been delivered from the library. Let me know what you are reading :)
Hi Jane, so sorry for the late reply. Thanks for letting me know about The Summer House. It seems to have mixed reviews amongst it's readers so based on your analysis I think I'll give it a miss. I'm going to add Kate Morton's new book to my own list too. I read her last book The Distant Hours about two months ago and loved it. She's a very talented writer I think.
I LOVE the vintage ladybird books too! The illustrations used to be beautiful back in the early 80's. My favourites were Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Beauty and the Beast, The Princess and the Pea, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Rumplestiltskin and The Princess and the Frog. I love Enid Blyton's The Faraway tree series and her Wishing Chair books. Didn't she also write the Naughty Amelia Jane books too? It's feels awesome talking about these books after all this time. Some books you never grow out of I think.
Yes I've heard of Susannah Dunn, I have a copy of The Queens Sorrow and hope to acquire more of her books. Have you read anything by her? What are you currently reading? I'm currently reading Chadwick's The Winter Mantle.
Hi Jane, hope you are well. I had not realised that English was your 2nd language - what's your first language? I'm sorry to hear that you are profoundly deaf too but admire how you have not let it affect your zest for life and love of books. I envy that your mum was a librarian for so long - all those books at her fingertips, how did she ever get any work done?!
I'm looking forward to reading River of Destiny too. I have Lucinda Riley's The Girl on the Cliff but have not had a chance to read it yet - please let me know your thoughts when you read it. I didn't know that Katherine Webb had written A Half Forgotten Song, I liked her two novels The Unseen and The Legacy. I also hadn't realised that Jean Plaidy and Victoria Holt were one and the same! I have read some of Victoria Holt's books when I was younger. I have several books by Jean Plaidy, Phillippa Gregory and Alison Weir lined up to read. I'm not familiar with Karen Harper but will certainly look her up too so thank for recommending her. Have you finished reading The Summer House? I'm on my 6th Elizabeth Chadwick, The Running Vixen at the moment. It's been great chatting to you Jane, take care, chat soon x
Welcome to Good Reads, Jane. We are glad you joined and want to encourage you to participate.
Last month we read and discussed Shanghai Girls by Lisa See; this month we will be reading Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell; and, next month we will be reading State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.
We have just posted the discussion thread for Thread of Grace, but feel free to look around and post to any of the book discussions, old or new. The group profile should give you an idea of how Good Reads works and the shelf provides a list of the books we have read.
Hi Jane, it's lovely hear from you. Yes I have read House of Echoes and enjoyed it. It was quite creepy in places as well as Midnight is A lonely Place and Hiding From the Light. I tend to do alot of reading at bedtime so inevitably find myself tucking my covers in after! My all time favourite Erskine novel is Child of the Phoenix which is a big chunk of a book but worthwhile. I've read all her books apart from Time's Legacy which I own but haven't gotten round to reading yet. Barbara is apparently on facebook too so if you have an account then I'm sure she would be happy to add another fan.
It's amazing that you've seen the tombs of previous queens of England. I'm so envious! I'd love to be able to pop down to London and see some of the incredible monuments they have. I love history - not only elements of English history but Scottish, Irish and Welsh too. I'm currently reading books by Elizabeth Chadwick - are you familiar with her books? They are are set in medievel times during the reign of Henry I,II,III, King Richard and King John and are part fact and part fiction but well researched. Hugely enjoyable though - I'm reading my 4th book so far. What are you currently reading Jane?
Hi Jane, thank you for your friend request. It's always a pleasure to interact with a fellow Brit and Barbara Erskine fan! I've noticed we have other books in common which I've read recently - Katherine Webb's The Legacy, Maria McCann's The Wilding, Rachel Hore etc It occurs to me though looking at your shelf that you might appreciate Susanna Kearsley's The Rose Garden, The Winter Sea (aka Sophia's Choice) and Mariana and Santa Montefiore's The House By The Sea and The French Gardener. They are dual time/time travel historical fiction mixed with modern day type books. Incidently Katherine Webb's The Unseen was in some ways even better if more tragic than The Legacy. Do you have any authors or books you'd like to recommend? I look forward to chatting to you soon :)
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