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The New Year’s Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini

June 23, 2010
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The New Year's Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts, #11) The New Year’s Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I love this series! I’m a quilter & quilt restorer so I really relate to the moments when Ms. Chiaverini’s characters are searching through their stashes or lingering over the fine stitches in an heirloom quilt. The narrator of this CD, Christina Moore, makes the experience of reading Ms. Chiaverini’s books all the more sublime.

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Bet Your Bottom Dollar: A Bottom Dollar Girls Novel by Karin Gillespie

April 25, 2010
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Bet Your Bottom Dollar (Library Edition) (Bottom Dollar Girls Series) Bet Your Bottom Dollar by Karin Gillespie

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Truly in the cozy mysteries genre. My first from this author (& first in the series). A fun read. I’ll read the next one too.

Reader Carrington MacDuffie (who also reads the Hot Flash Club books) was quite good in this performance. But she needs to know that “Toots” is not pronounced as rhyming with “boots.” It rhymes with “foots” (if there were such a word!). She also was guilty of “over-Southerning” a bit.

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Book review: Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane Austen Mystery by Stephanie Barron

May 3, 2009
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Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane Austen Mystery Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane Austen Mystery by Stephanie Barron

My review

rating: 2 of 5 stars
I would give this 2 1/2 stars I think. It was a slog. I adore Jane Austen. This book was fun & interesting because Jane Austen was the protagonist. I found the way Ms. Barron wrote the book to be distracting (too many “of a sudden”s & “I was all astonishment”s). I thought it was neat that she was trying to use colloquialisms of Jane Austen’s day, but sometimes I found this device to be self-conscious. This is Ms. Barron’s first book in the “Jane Austen” series, so perhaps things smooth out with the succeeding novels. It just didn’t catch my interest. I had to force myself to sit down & read a chapter or two at a sitting.

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