Weekly Reading Round-Up

Just as I was in a reading slump, my friend Vicki came to my rescue with a bag full of books. I’ve just started reading my way through them, beginning with the romances:

— Jo Goodman, Let Me Be The One.

Jo Goodman writes thoughtful, interesting historical romances with well-rounded characters and Let Me Be The One is no exception. It’s the first of a quartet, featuring four best friends who have formed a “Compass Club” (each is nicknamed after a point of the compass). I’d expected to be turned off by the club concept, but the intricacies of the story more than made up for the naming system.

— Eve Silver, Dark Desires.

Rather that prostitute herself, a down on her luck Victorian woman becomes an anatomist’s assistant. But is he acquiring his corpses in less than savory ways? A foggy London gothic romance novel of the “is he good? is he evil? is he Jack the Ripper?” variety.

— Carla Kelly, Marrying The Captain.

I’m making up for years of not having read Carla Kelly. Marrying The Captain features another pair of incredibly sensible, likable people: in this case, a viscount’s illegitimate daughter and a naval captain. You can imagine them getting on well with Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth.

I’ll be getting to the historical fiction and mystery novels in the care package next week….

What have you been reading this week?

Side note: If you’ve read The Ashford Affair, and have thoughts to share, I would be very grateful if you would consider posting a review. (One of the metrics by which authors are judged these days is by number of reviews, particularly Amazon reviews. It’s silly, but there it is.) And now back to our regularly scheduled reading round-up….


  1. Sharon on April 26, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Lighthouse Bay by Kimberley Freeman. So far it is very good.

  2. Amy on April 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I have been reading a spy series this week. Great books with some romance too. Never say spy and the spy is cast by Diane henders.

  3. Carly on April 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Finished Ashford Affair yesterday. Before that was Trial by Desire by Courtney Milan, and Midnight at Marble Arch by Anne Perry. I’m currently reading one of Carola Dunn’s Daisy Dalrymple mysteries, and then it’s on to Mariana by Susanna Kearsley.

    • Lauren on April 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      I love Susanna Kearsley and “Mariana” is particularly good.

  4. Angie on April 26, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Crossed, a Tale of the Fourth Crusade by Nicole Galland. A rather snarky take on a rather failed

    • Lauren on April 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      It’s my favorite crusade. For the sheer ridiculousness factor….

  5. Ashley on April 26, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I’m reading “Atonement” for the first time, really because I’m tired of the way people react when I tell them I’ve never read it. Is it as good as everyone says? I’m only about 90 pages in, and it’s fine so far, but not life-changing…

  6. Eirene Ritznore on April 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I’ve been re-reading The Scarlet Pimpernel. 🙂 I just love Sir Percy.

    • Lauren on April 28, 2013 at 12:31 am

      “They seek him here…. they seek him there….”

  7. Pam on April 26, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    This week I’ve been reading Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier. Gothic intrigue on the moors? Yes please!

    • Elizabeth (aka Miss Eliza) on April 26, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      Oh, I adore Jamaica Inn!

    • Lynne on April 26, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      A wonderful story. In fact, anything by du Maurieris terrific. Try “House on the Strand”, Pam. It’s excellent as well.

      • Lauren on April 28, 2013 at 12:32 am

        Ditto on the Jamaica Inn recommendation! And I remember also really liking “My Cousin Rachel” once upon a time.

  8. Nessa on April 26, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Lauren, Thank you very much for amazing book – great story with vibrant characters (reinvented Bea reminds me a little of Millicent Rogers during her Taos years), wonderful background and unexpected ending. Ever since I read “Out of Africa” as a twelve year old, I’ve been fascinated by Kenya. Back in early seventies, before she started her freshman year of college, my mom got serious marriage proposal from young and handsome(“great dancer…”) owner of peanut farm in Kenya. Mom wasn’t ready to give up her education and felt too young for such a serious commitment, but I love to tease her about it … I can’t wait for her to read “The Ashford Affair” !

    • Lauren on April 28, 2013 at 12:34 am

      Thanks so much, Nessa! I love the story of your mother and the peanut farmer….

  9. Alice on April 26, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Read “The Ashford Affair” which was awesome! (I will post a review on Amazon, Lauren!)Then, finished up “Whiskey Beach,” Nora Robert’s latest which was really good. Lately, her books have been hit or miss for me, but this one was enjoyable. Then finished up with “the Paris Affair” by Teresa Grant. It was really, really good.

    • Lauren on April 28, 2013 at 12:35 am

      Thanks, Alice! I’m so happy you enjoyed “Ashford”! And I also give two thumbs up to “The Paris Affair”. : )

  10. Elizabeth (aka Miss Eliza) on April 26, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Ashford Affair review posted to Amazon!

    This week I finally finished Out of Africa… yeah, at least that’s done. I then moved onto Deanna Raybourn’s newest, A Spear of Summer Grass as well as the little prequel, Far in the Wilds, which are both awesome.

    As a side note, but still related, the Spear of Summer Grass review is now on my blog for Ashford April, which ends when April ends… so last chance to win some AWESOME Lauren swag, signed books yo!

  11. Am7 on April 26, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Dark Desires by Eve Silver sounds intriguing.
    I read Lamb: the Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore.
    The book was commical telling of the life of Jesus. It was very silly and very good.
    I was wondering if anyone else had tried Christopher Moore and if they had any recommendations regarding his work?

    • Lauren on April 28, 2013 at 12:37 am

      I haven’t read it yet, but my college roommate (who is my Book Recommender in Chief) told me that I have to read Moore’s “Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove”. Which is rather a cool title.

  12. Courtney Tonokawa on April 26, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I read The Ashford Affair (twice!) and I loved it. I also read (and am now rereading) The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. Beautiful book…

    • Lauren on April 28, 2013 at 12:38 am

      Thanks, Courtney!! I’m so thrilled that you’ve already read “Ashford” twice!

  13. jamie on April 27, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Just finished Ashford Affair (yes I submitted review to amazon:0). Rereading Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre-was in the mood for more history and bygone eras! also, re read Linda Howard’s Open Season, as I was in the mood to laugh out loud. &ooo Daphne du maurier is always a good read.
    ashley- atonement. do you like character studies that may/may not have a happy ending? that what is what that is-I wouldn’t term it a love story.
    amy7- I adore Christopher Moore!! Fool is my favorite, but only because I’m a Shakespeare nerd. I have enjoyed everything I’ve read from him.

    • Lauren on April 28, 2013 at 12:40 am

      Thanks, Jamie, for the review! Also, I’ve never read any Linda Howard and have been told I need to remedy that. Would you start with “Open Season”?

  14. jeffrey on April 27, 2013 at 6:13 am

    I’m continuing the group read of Pride and Prejudice over at http://www.pemberley.com and learning so much from the knowledgeable participants there.

    I also just finished The Wrong Woman by Kimberly Truesdale which has just been published. Another excellent Regency romance but with several unique twists that quite sets it apart from the others.

    I’m currently reading The Garden Folly by Candice Hern as a part of a reading challenge put forth by http://www.austenprose.com. I’ve read 2 of her short stories and 2 of her novels thus far and I’m delighted to have been put on to her because if you like Georgette Heyer you will love her work. I HIGHLY recommend anything she has put to print!

  15. Pat on April 27, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I’ll try to post a review on Amazon about Ashford Affair. Haven’t done it before. I read Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman; that was really gripping and convaluted, in a good way! Also read Susan Wittig Albert’s Widow’s Tears. I really found that interesting as it included the Great 1900 Hurricane that killed so many in Galveston; I live in Houston and Galveston was where we went to the beach in my childhood. I can also recommend The Perfect Ghost by Linda Barnes; not a ghost story! But really intriguing and twisty.
    I read the new Craig Johnson’s Longmire short story. And currently I’m in Murder in the Afternoon by Frances Brody.

  16. Am7 on April 28, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Thank you Lauren and Jamie for the recommends!
    I love My Cousin, Rachel by Daphne DuMaurier and second the recommendation!

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