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Glad to have you in Read!

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I am going to read the book for March. I'm sorry that I haven't been active on this, after I started it (kind of). What a winter it has been. Anyway the book sounds great, and I have been so disappointed in the last few books that have been chosen for my book club here at home, so looking forward to one that sounds intriguing! I have read several books set in Cornwall and I loved them. I also really like British mysteries. Thank you HollyCa for suggesting this.

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Me too Kathleen..i'm i think 5 chapters i. it started a little slow for me, but its picking up now...

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I started reading our March book, The last letter from Juliet.


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So happy for you KD!! I would love to go back one day..but not likely so I will enjoy through your descriptions!

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Ah Spark - you disappoint me. No notice for this thread... but I thought someone must have posted so I am glad you proceeded and picked out a book.

I'm in for March. And I will totally host a Hawaii book Club meeting!! By the way... I will be there in 7 days!

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Mine arrived today too!! Will take it to my moms and start it!

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Oh, a lunch in Hawaii would be great! Not sure how to make it happen from my end though :)

I've got The Last Letter so will start it soon!



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that would be just so wonderful!! what a great idea!!! Since noone else has weighed in but we have 3 yeses why dont we just go with it?

march book is The Last Letter From Juliet. By Melanie Hudson

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HOLLY CALI Oh wouldn't that be fun! I think we should all fly to Hawaii with KD for that Book Club brunch!

I have Kindle Unlimited so for $10.00 a month I can read an unlimited amount of books. Well worth the money for me since I read approx 6 to 8 books in one month.

Looking forward to reading "letters" because it will take me out of my usual genre of thrillers and mysteries. I am a emotional sappy romantic person. LOL

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My WISH after you finish the book..... is to meet for a Sunday Brunch somewhere to talk about it, see all your lovely faces, and hug my favorite people on the planet!!!!!

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I'm so excited to hear how you all feel about this book. It was recommended to me by a dear friend who shares my love of books. I DID NOT want it to end.

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FYI... I have had fantastic luck with finding all these books at my local library. I very rarely purchase a book for my Kindle.. unless its less than $3

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Okay I just purchased Letters too. I buy on Amazon Kindle the prices are always changing. Today it was $3.99. I think a box of tissues will be needed for this one. LOL


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i bought it yesterday as any report that glowing i want to read it whether we choose it for book club or not! it was $16.99 from amazon.

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I vote for The Last Letter too.

It's $9.99 from Kobo Raktan and Amazon here. Hope you can get it cheaper. I just bought it anyway,

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The Last Letter from Juliet is my choice.

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The last letter would be my choice.

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The Last Letter from Juliet, by Melanie Hudson

I like this one ever more!!!!! Another all time favorite !!!!!

Inspired by the brave women of WWII, this is a moving and powerful novel of friendship, love and resilience.

A story of love not a story of a war…

A daring WWII pilot who grew up among the clouds, Juliet Caron’s life was one of courage, adventure – and a love torn apart by war. Every nook of her Cornish cottage is alive with memories just waiting to be discovered.

Katherine Henderson has escaped to Cornwall for Christmas, but she soon finds there is more to her holiday cottage than meets the eye. And on the eve of Juliet’s 100th birthday, Katherine is enlisted to make an old lady’s final Christmas wish come true…

Me Before You meets The English Patient in this stunning romantic historical novel from award-winning author Melanie Hudson, perfect

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If everyone would weigh in on what they think we can choose by majority tomorrow

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The Little Paris Bookshop
by Nina George
Sounds like a good book too.

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Yes, I remember HollyCa mentioning that book, The Last letter from Juliet.
I just read the write up and I didn't realize the back story is about war. Not sure.

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I found it!! it was in the daily chat thread..and i know i really wanted to read it..this is the post that got the book club started....maybe we should do this one this month then look at the others??? up to everyone...this was Hollycali's pick...



The Last Letter from Juliet, by Melanie Hudson
(it was only .99 cents on Amazon for kindle , not sure when it will be released in hard back)

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ocean at the end of the lane and me myself and them were other suggestions.i went back to the first thread.

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thats not the title it was but thats the same words..
this one looks great to me!!

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The Little Paris Bookshop
by Nina George

Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.
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I read this last year. A lot of books I read are forgotten after time. This one made an impact on me. One of those stories you want to crawl into the book and live there. Just a suggestion, not scary. Interesting with hidden messages throughout the book.

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it doesnt sound scary to me...but i too am open to almost anything. if we dont pick one soon i'm out for march..have to get it within the week..

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I really don't know if that book is scary or too intense. Maybe someone else has a good one. I am open to anything.

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Here is the description:

THE DEBUT CRIME THRILLER OF THE YEAR!
"I bloody loved the book. Wow! Loved the twists and turns!" Ali Dunn

A girl’s body found mutilated by a boat’s propeller, another dumped at the bottom of a slipway, and a disused Norfolk mill, hiding the secret to both.

A COLD DENSE shadow fell over Jane Richardson as she hurried along the concrete towpath. To her left, moonlight danced over the River Bure’s untroubled surface as it slipped silently past, heading back the way she’d come. A low-hanging branch scratched at her face as she ducked underneath. From somewhere far behind her came the shriek of laughter, slicing through the air, only to fall silent a moment later to leave nothing but the sound of her high heels, click-clacking out a stark but steady beat.

When a girl’s body is found strangled, raped, and horrifically mutilated by a boat’s propeller, deep in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, newly arrived Detective Inspector John Tanner is asked to assist with the investigation.

At first, all the evidence points to a man who had a multi-million pound reason to kill her. But when an alibi is produced from an unexpected source, and another body appears at the base of a slipway, Tanner finds himself turning to local girl, Detective Constable Jenny Evans for help.

As a more romantic relationship develops between them, they find themselves facing a race against time to identify a lethal adversary, one with a lust for blood and a mind set on revenge.

Set within the mysterious beauty of the Norfolk Broads, this fast-paced British detective series is a dark cozy murder mystery with a slice of humour and a touch of romance, one that will have you guessing until the very end when the last shocking twist is finally revealed.

Broadland is a totally addictive gripping crime thriller, the first in a chilling series of serial killer books, ones which will rapidly convert followers of L J Ross, Faith Martin, Joy Ellis, Damien Boyd and Helen H. Durrant into David Blake devotees.

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OK by me......but I see it's British again(?).

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Fine by me Kathleen..I just don’t do scary

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How does everyone feel about reading a crime thriller?

BROADLAND by David Blake ( 1st book in a three book series British Detective Tanner )

I have never read this author, but it was rated with 4.5 stars.

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well then it must have been Read...so she was the one that got this book club going. but she cant remember...says she reads so many good books its hard to remember which is which!!


So, we need one for march...anyone that hasnt suggested one want to pick? i'll need to order now to get it before i head to help my mom with her knee replacement. but i'll have time to read it then! Yay!

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No HollyNY, wasn't me. I did read "The only woman in the room" in two days... Could not put it down. Great story and also prompted me to look into the life of Hedy. Amazing.

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I'm a slow reader also (& belong to a book club at my local Y - so I have 2 books to read - LOL), so a book a month is good for me.

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Hollycali was it you that suggested a book that you couldnt put down..that was supposed to come out in january but you had gotten early on kindle? i thought it was read but she says no....i cant for the life of me remember the book, but it was kind of what got this whole book club thread going!

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and it was Charlene...IWANT..who suggested only woman in the room! Thanks Charlene for a great read!!

Anyone else have any to suggest? Lotus? Hollycali? Read? Kathleen? Snow? James? all have posted on the thread..

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KD i suggested Raven Black as people on the louise penny group said that author is really great!
I really dont want to hurry anyone..unless everyone says they are done i think we should go the full month on books. I'm a slow reader and the only reason i'm done is because i had a little extra free time in january to read.

Holly cali i was hooked too!! not a book i would have chosen myself, but so glad it was suggested...i will get more of her writing when i can afford it..i'm especially interested in the one about Churchills wife


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Yesterday the Library had "The only woman in the room"!!!!!!!! Hooked on first page. Well written I could not put it down. Will finish today, Excellent. Love discovering new authors, will try another of hers. Thank you, whoever recommended this book!!

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I thought there were a lot of parents who were really loose with the raising of their children in that book. Of course it was at a different time and a different place, but lots of dangerous situations right by the water there.

I was satisfied by the ending, but I think after all the hype it sort of fell flat like a dud bomb.

Anyway - I am done with The Only Woman In The Room and I much preferred that. It was a really interesting read!! Let's say get it read everyone by February 20 and we will put that one to rest and discuss.

For March - Holly (either) have you recommended yet? Or Kathleen? Or Urban? We should all take turns.

I think in this group we have me, HollyNY, HollyCA, IWANT, Kathleen, Urban and anyone else?

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RAVEN BLACK turned out to be a much easier read than I thought it would be. I did enjoy reading it.

The ending was a surprise to me also.

I was also surprised at how many types of things Magnus could remember and still be thought of as “slow” – like how he could identify people just knowing how they stand (when he saw them in silhouette), that he knows all the town people and where they live, etc - that he remembers so many things in his past……

It was nice reading the backstory of each of the characters – the relationship between Duncan and Perez – the fact that Perez is starting to fall for Duncan’s ex wife (Fran), Perez’s own history of being a “foreigner” on the isle, etc.

I have finished THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM also.

What's up for March?


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I read Raven Black too and enjoyed it It surprised me at the end as well. I kept thinking the girl's mother (the teacher) could have done it. There sure were a lot of controlling mothers in the story. It could have been any of them.

I thought the young girl was also quite a strange one. She didn't seem to feel much for others so I suspected her a lot as I began to think of her as having psychopathic characteristics.

Malcolm with his weird smiling and him having the little girl's ribbons was a worry, but he seemed too obvious amid all the other shady characters.

Perez seemed the most human to me, as he has his flaws but still seems to be able to be observant of human behaviour and foibles.

I agree, there were a few loose ends, probably to draw us into the second book. I was aware there was a series connected to this book.

Oh, and I have finished The Only Woman in the Room. I'll wait till others are ready to discuss it.

What is March's book choice please? I am currently reading "Autism in Heels' by Jennifer Cook O'Toole. It's a real life book written from the perspective of a woman who has Asperger's, has a husband and children with Asperger's. I am finding it fascinating. It seems like there are many, many people on the Autism spectrum around me today. I am glad of the insights she is giving me.



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love them when they are like that!!

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This is not part of this book club BUT I just read a good murder story and I could not figure out the ending. It was such a twisted and tangled plot. The murderer takes you completely by
surprise! FATAL FORTUNE by Miranda Rijks

The one above that I read is the first of two books.
I have not read the second one yet called Fatal Flowers.

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I also like the book, Raven Black. I could not figure out who the murderer was. It was a shocker.

I like the whole premise of the back story about Malcom Tait carrying the burden of what his mother had done all those years ago which caused his sorry life. I thought it made the story interesting. But the Raven in the house was not mentioned much and I thought perhaps it reflected that Malcom was a prisoner of his home because of his mothers crime like the Raven was a prisoner in the cage and no on bothered with it.
The detective ( Perez) seems to NOT have much of a life because of his demanding mother.
I don't like when I do not know the complete ending. So they will probably pick up that in the next book. The ending was a surprise.



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i didnt know there was a shetland series i;ve only heard about the vera series and everyone seems to love it!
i bought the second book in the shetland series...saving it till i'm off helping my mom with her surgery. i cant afford a lot of books so i'm still waiting to see what the march pick is.

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Ann Cleeves is the author of the SHETLAND Series. There are 8 books in series I've read and loved every one. Jimmy Perez in my head is nothing like the character in the TV series so I don't watch it. Also the TV series -because of their accents they are hard to understand. Ann Cleeves is also the author of the VERA series, Even better!!!! There are 8 books in the series which I have read and become obsessed with!!! The TV Series is fantastic. When I read a Vera book its the characters voices and faces from TV show are in my head. So good

Sorry I'm a little behind here. Ill find the current book you are reading and get caught up.

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I’ll let you know on the guy..I bought the next in the series. I think he’s a detective though not the chief? I’ll have to look.
I had fun looking up things on Hedy. The biggest shocker was when I saw her pic and thought I’d made a typing error..thought I was looking at my mom!!! They could be twins...

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Yeah I was totally surprised by the ending. But it did sort of tie it all up neatly. I sure enjoyed it being a mystery clear to the end, and the imagery of the location was beautiful.

I can imagine living in a small town like that, with a finite number of houses, and wondered if the police chief moved to his mother's town and took that house that came available.

I'm almost done with The Only Woman and will finish it today. Love that it's a real story written like a novel!

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well that shows where my brain is..i meant to talk about Raven Black..haha..

i was literally guessing till the end. from the beginning i thought the teachers daughter had done it...then they throw in the other girl, and i waffled back and for with did the guy or no...the mother never occurred to me.

i even thought the teacher did it for a small time. but i kept going back to the friend. i never thought the rotten stuck up guy did it though..and i think she wanted you to think he did.

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I think she did really well for the times... I might have been tempted to do the same had I been in the same position.

I have a few more chapters to go - she just got finished with her first Hollywood movie!!

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Maybe no one but you and I read it KD. I’ve asked several times what people thought to get it going.

The first part of the book was difficult for me in that my dad was an officer in WW2..even though I knew she made it out ok I kept thinking run, RUN!!
I did look up her rat of a husband, who eventually lost all his factories but went on to become even richer in I think Argentina. And I believe he was married 5 times.
And I watched ecstasy on you tube..for today? Very tame..for then...surprised she ever got another job

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We still need to discuss Raven Black. I'm forgetting that book as we speak...

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Hi Dee glad to see you here!! we are reading for february "the only woman in the room" by Marie Benedict. Its a pretty fast read!!!


do we have one for March yet? i need to order.....

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I'll have to check back in here to join you are ready to read a new book.


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i really liked that book too KD..and want to get more by the author. the one they preview in the back of my book was about Churchills wife and looks really interesting.

funny--i'm a history buff..first thing i did was look up hedys husband. i needed to know what happened to him!!

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I just started The Only Woman In The Room today. Almost half way done. It's well written and interesting. I always like a book about a smart woman.

Also ready to discuss Raven Black.

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thanks James!!!

Everyone should be done with Raven Black by now...i'm curious as to if everyone else liked it as much as i do. i've bought the next book in the series as people on my louise penny book group are saying she gets better and better..apparently one of her series has a tv show about it, too. Vera i think?


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