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      Important Announcement!   07/28/2018

      Dear BCF members,   This forum has been running now for many years, and over that time we have seen many changes. Generalised forums are nowhere near as popular as they once were, and they have been very much taken over by blogs, vlogs and social media discussions. Running a forum well takes money, and a lot of care and attention, as there is so much which goes on behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly.   With all of this in mind, and after discussion within the current moderator team, the decision has been made to close this forum in its current format. I know that this will disappoint a lot of our long term members, but I want to reassure you that it's not a decision which has been taken lightly.    The remaining moderator team have agreed that we do not want to lose everything which is special about our home, and so we are starting a brand new facebook group, so that people can stay in touch, and discussions can continue. We can use it for free and should be easier for us to run (it won't need to be updated or hosted). We know not everyone has FaceBook, but we hope that those of you who are interested will join the group. We will share the link, and send invites as soon as we are ready to go. Added: We may as well get this going, find us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/195289821332924/   The forum will close to new registrations, but will remain open for some time, to allow people to collect up any information, reading lists etc they need to, and to ensure they have contact details for those they wish to stay in touch with.    The whole team feel sad to say goodbye, but we also feel that it's perhaps time and that it feels like the right choice. We hope we can stay in touch with all of you through our new FaceBook group.   I personally want to thank everyone who has helped me moderate the forum, both in the past and the present, and I also want to thank every single person who has visited, and shared their love of books.. I'm so proud of everything we've achieved, and the home we built.   Please visit the new section in the Lounge section to discuss this further, ask questions etc.


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About Madeleine

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  • Birthday 06/05/1964

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    The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans
  • Location:
    SE England
  • Interests
    Reading, walking, visiting places of interest, getting out of London.

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  1. What's the weather like?

    It's finally cooled down quite a lot, and we're back to grey and raining!
  2. General questions / discussions

    Finally made it! Kevin verified me manually and I'm now on there, thanks for all your help. It's a bit confusing though as it looks so similar to this site.
  3. General questions / discussions

    I never got the email, thanks for checking.
  4. General questions / discussions

    Thank you, that's very kind of you
  5. General questions / discussions

    I've asked them to resend the confirmation email and still nothing. And they still haven't replied to my query, they've had 2 days now.
  6. Oops Upside Your Head - The Gap Band
  7. Never Ending Book Titles

    I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
  8. General questions / discussions

    Still no joy from the other book group, I did sign up to the Online Book Group but might withdraw as it's very garish (I think anyway) and seems to be very US orientated, nothing wrong with that of course but I don't recognise a single author or book title from the admittedly brief few looks I've had at it! I did email the other forum on Sunday about the problems I was having, and I re-registered but still no confirmation email. I have joined this group's Facebook group though.
  9. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    The Lost by Mari Hannah - this is the first of a new detective/crime series set in Northumberland. The leads here are Detective Inspector David Stone, originally from the area, but who's now returned following a demotion in rank due to something that happened whilst he was serving with the Metropolitan Police in London. HIs sidekick is Detective Sergeant Frances aka Frankie Oliver, 3rd generation police officer and Northumbrian born and bred. When a 10 year old boy goes missing after school, it's all hands on deck to search for him, but when he turns up unharmed a couple of days later it's written off as a misunderstanding, lack of communication etc. Then his au pair is found dead in a nearby country road, and although it was made to look like a road accident, some of her injuries suggest otherwise. Stone and Oliver are put in the case, but both are haunted by their own past in different ways, with Stone's in particular being especially disturbing. All links point to a member of the boy's family, but are the police looking at the right person? And when a relative of the family is also murdered, this time in London, David has to call on his former colleagues for help, but not everyone is keen to see him back in London. I enjoyed this, the leads were engaging and although there were many of the usual crime tropes in the novel, and the murderer's identity wasn't that surprising, I still really liked it, it was a fast easy read with some good banter between the police team. A promising start to a new series. 8/10
  10. General questions / discussions

    I've managed to join the Online Book Group, no problem. Still no joy with the other lot though.
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  12. What's the weather like?

    Don't think it did Raven, it was sweltering, ugh.
  13. General questions / discussions

    Thanks Michelle, I had no trouble joining this forum though! Perhaps they're clogged up with the sudden rush of newbies.
  14. What's the weather like?

    Already very hot here too, last night was pretty unbearable.