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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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Diane's Reading List - 2017

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Song Of The Skylark, sounds very much my thing.

It's possible I have it on my to read list, but adding it if not.

Glad you enjoyed it :)

 

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'Harry the Poisonous Centipede's Big Adventure' (#2 in the series)

 

Another funny read involving Harry and George, the poisonous centipedes. When George goes missing Harry goes off to find him but both are captured by a 'hoo-min' and put in a glass jars. They have to find their way back home which involves dodging death and other creepier crawlies than themselves. Another read pinched of the boys bookshelf....back to childhood reads.

 

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I'm glad you enjoyed this one :). I've read a couple of Erica James' books, but I haven't read Song of the Skylark yet.

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'Secrets of the Lighthouse' by Santa Montefiore

 

This was my first read of this author and on the whole I enjoyed it. Ellen runs away to Ireland and doesn't want to be found and finds the perfect place when she goes to stay with her Aunt Peg and meets lots of members of her family she knew nothing about. Why had her mother kept all this a secret from her? She feels at home there but also hears about a tragedy that happened at the lighthouse. I loved the family she has in Ireland and she soon falls in love with their way of life and doesn't want to have to face what she has run away from and vows not to go back.

 

Caitlin died tragically at the lighthouse, but what was the truth about why and how it happened. Caitlin is the supernatural element in this storyline and she talks to us as she watches over her children and her husband, who becomes involved with Ellen, she is jealous and wants to find a way to put an end to their relationship before it gets too serious. How would this be possible and how can make her peace and get closure. A weary soul who has to find a way. Surely Conor still loves her and not Ellen.

 

Sometimes it was a bit predictable but it was still an enjoyable read. I may well try another of her books.

 

3/5

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'The Woman Who Painted Her Dreams' by Isla Dewar

 

Well I started this book months ago and seemed to be enjoying it but it has taken me so long to get to 3/4 of the way through that I had completely lost track of what was actually happening. I have made the decision to abandon it, just not holding my interest anymore...life is to short as they say.

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'The Legacy' by Katherine Webb

 

New author for me. Enjoyed this read, two sisters return to the house where they spent a lot of time together as children. Their grandmother left them the house but there are secrets that need to be solved. Something happened to their cousin Henry, he disappeared and Erica vows to find out what happened to him, but Beth doesn't want her to pursue it. What is she hiding?

The story goes between past 1904 (Caroline and America, although I found part of it a bit far fetched, getting a baby to Britain and no questions asked!) and present and eventually the stories blend, but not without their secrets. Letters, photographs, whose baby is in the photograph with Caroline as they know nothing of there being a child. All is revealed with a few twists along the way.

 

3.5/5

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Postie man brought a wee book shaped parcel today....thanking you @chaliepud for 'The Courage Tree' by Diane Chamberlain, you are so lovely....:exc:...xx

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20 hours ago, Inver said:

Postie man brought a wee book shaped parcel today....thanking you @chaliepud for 'The Courage Tree' by Diane Chamberlain, you are so lovely....:exc:...xx

Ah, you are very welcome Diane, enjoy xx

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'Love Letters' by Debbie Macomber

 

Nice easy read. First one of the Rose Harbor series of books I read but this was the 3rd one so I wasn't aware of the main character Jo Marie, but I enjoyed it as a stand alone read. Both couples who visit one weekend had one thing in common...a love letter...and also Jo Marie herself. I love the cosy setting of Rose Harbor Inn and Jo Marie seems like a perfect owner. I would probably read an earlier one to find out more about the main characters.

 

3/5

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I've not read a Debbie Macomber book yet, but I'm glad you enjoyed this one. I plan to read one of hers eventually.

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'The Winter Ghosts' by Kate Mosse

 

Had good reviews for this one but I'm not sure if I liked it or not. Mostly read it because it had 'winter' in the title if I'm honest. At least it is another to add to the number read for this year.

 

2/5

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20 hours ago, Inver said:

'The Winter Ghosts' by Kate Mosse

 

Had good reviews for this one but I'm not sure if I liked it or not. Mostly read it because it had 'winter' in the title if I'm honest. At least it is another to add to the number read for this year.

 

2/5

Is that the short story collection?  I think I enjoyed it overall, but short stories can be a bit hit and miss.

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@Madeleine...it isn't a book of short stories, all one story, but it just didn't grab me.

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I remember it now, it was something to do with WW2 wasn't it? It was ok but I think I worked out what was going to happen.

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5 hours ago, Madeleine said:

I remember it now, it was something to do with WW2 wasn't it? It was ok but I think I worked out what was going to happen.

Yes the main character's brother died and he ended up going to France to come to terms with it, car went of the road and he ended up in a wee village etc. and meets (supposedly) a girl called Fabrisse.

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'How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse' by Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III' by Cressida Cowell

 

I forgot to put this on the list as reading...and I've finished it today...I do love a Hiccup read and his adventures.....who would have thought he would be searching for a potato as an antidote to save his friend Fishlegs from dying...!

 

3/5

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I read that one too! I liked it too :). I've read books 1 - 4 but I hope to read the rest of the books some time. I read 1 - 4 in Dutch from the library and then went ahead and bought the whole series in English when I found some on sale.

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5 hours ago, Athena said:

I read that one too! I liked it too :). I've read books 1 - 4 but I hope to read the rest of the books some time. I read 1 - 4 in Dutch from the library and then went ahead and bought the whole series in English when I found some on sale.

There are 12...youngest (who is 23) got the 12th one as a Christmas pressie...:D

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'The Great Christmas Knit Off' by Alexandra Brown

 

Second time I've read it and enjoyed it just as much as I couldn't remember all of what happened. Cosy jumpers and snow in a wee village called Tindledale....:D

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