Book Review | “The Penny Bangle” (Charton Minster No.3) by Margaret James #ChocLitSaturdays

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Why I feature #ChocLitSaturdays (book reviews & guest author features)
and created #ChocLitSaturday (the chat via @ChocLitSaturday):

I wanted to create a bit of a niche on Jorie Loves A Story to showcase romance fiction steeped in relationships, courtships, and the breadth of marriage enveloped by characters written honestly whose lives not only endear you to them but they nestle into your heart as their story is being read!

I am always seeking relationship-based romance which strikes a chord within my mind’s eye as well as my heart! I’m a romantic optimist, and I love curling into a romance where I can be swept inside the past, as history becomes lit alive in the fullness of the narrative and I can wander amongst the supporting cast observing the principal characters fall in love and sort out if they are a proper match for each other!

I love how an Indie Publisher like ChocLitUK is such a positive alternative for those of us who do not identify ourselves as girls and women who read ‘chick-lit’. I appreciate the stories which alight in my hands from ChocLit as much as I appreciate the inspirational romances I gravitate towards because there is a certain level of depth to both outlets in romance which encourage my spirits and gives me a beautiful story to absorb! Whilst sorting out how promote my book reviews on behalf of ChocLit, I coined the phrase “ChocLitSaturdays”, which is a nod to the fact my ChocLit reviews & features debut on ‘a Saturday’ but further to the point that on the ‘weekend’ we want to dip into a world wholly ideal and romantic during our hours off from the work week!

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Acquired Book By: I am a regular reviewer for ChocLitUK, where I hand select which books in either their backlist and/or current releases I would like to read next for my #ChocLitSaturdays blog feature. As of June 2016, I became a member of the ChocLit Stars Team in tandem with being on the Cover Reveal Team which I joined in May 2016. I reference the Stars as this is a lovely new reader contribution team of sending feedback to the publisher ahead of new book releases. As always, even if I’m involved with a publisher in this sort of fashion, each review is never influenced by that participation and will always be my honest impression as I read the story. Whether the author is one I have previously read or never had the pleasure to read until the book greets my shelf.

I received a complimentary copy of “The Penny Bangle” from ChocLit in exchange for an honest review! I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

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Why Jorie Loves reading the Charton Minster series:

This is such a heart-warming series – this section of the saga was very family-centred, about how you can grow closer through adversity and how being industriously hopeful towards your circumstances can lead to new tomorrows. The parents and the children alike never wavered in hope for their futures, whilst sorting out small ways to contribute to building a tomorrow they could all be proud to claim as a hard-won victory over the events that led to their financial insecurity after difficult situations affected their securities. I especially enjoyed seeing how returning to land and farm, built a strength of hearth and home; whilst giving new possibilities of how to self-sustain yourself along the way. Love can move mountains and in this case, the love of family is a bond made of sturdy fibre that can weather any storm that threatens to destroy them.

One of the best methods of delivering a sequel to a series in-progress for me is knitting up the characters’ story-lines whilst expanding on the supporting cast and the other curious sorts who take up residence in the background of where the central leads live and take our hearts for a walkabout. This is exactly what Ms James has done with the Charton Minster series, as she dropped us back inside the story soon after the close of the first novel – wells, time shifted forward a small bit, but evenso, Rose and Alex were right as rain against the page; just as I had remembered them. They were still two against the world, living their lives despite the adverse strife they ebbed in and out of, they were content and happy because they chose to be together.

Boiling behind the romance between Rose & Alex is a deeper scar that hasn’t healed through absence nor of the passage of time – seeing what had become of Charton Minster and the seething anger of who took up residence inside the ancient estate was difficult as one would hope time could heal even the most difficult of hearts. I applauded Ms James for keeping the continuity moving forward whilst owning the truths of difficult characters who truly haven’t quite learned how best to live. Throughout this installment, the flaws which gave the characters the most depth became the connective threads of where personal growth matured into such a warm new beginning.

I truly liked seeing how Rose & Alex alongside their children continued to ban together as a family, through thick and thin; rights and wrongs and all the lovely moments in-between. They were a true blue family, letting each other grow and make mistakes, but giving each other the warmth of encouragement only given out of the pureness of unconditional love. Their family was beyond blessed in that regard, as they understood each others worts and loved each other all the same! It will be quite interesting to see how the story picks up in the third installment ‘The Penny Bangle’ where Daisy’s brothers take centerstage as the series shifts forward. I grew quite found of Robert and Stephen as they became such enterprising young gentlemen!

-quoted from my review of The Golden Chain

You can well understand why I am quite delighted I can continue to read each installment of this series, and become caught up in the drama and lives of each of the characters as they make their entrance and take their cue to exit. It’s one of those timeless classics you hope you can stumble across & dearly love!

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 Book Review | “The Penny Bangle” (Charton Minster No.3) by Margaret James #ChocLitSaturdaysThe Penny Bangle
by Margaret James
Illustrator/Cover Designer: Steve West
Source: Direct from Publisher

When should you trust your heart?

It’s 1942 when Cassie Taylor reluctantly leaves Birmingham to become a land girl on a farm in Dorset.

There she meets Robert and Stephen Denham, twins recovering from injuries sustained at Dunkirk. Cassie is instantly drawn to Stephen, but is wary of the more complex Robert – who doesn’t seem to like Cassie one little bit.

At first, Robert wants to sack the inexperienced city girl. But Cassie soon learns, and Robert comes to admire her courage, finding himself deeply attracted to Cassie. Just as their romance blossoms, he’s called back into active service.

Anxious to have adventures herself, Cassie joins the ATS. In Egypt, she meets up with Robert, and they become engaged. However, war separates them again as Robert is sent to Italy and Cassie back to the UK.

Robert is reported missing, presumed dead. Stephen wants to take Robert’s place in Cassie’s heart. But will Cassie stay true to the memory of her first love, and will Robert come home again?

Places to find the book:

Borrow from a Public Library

Add to LibraryThing

Find on Book Browse

Book Page on World Weaver Press

ISBN: 9781906931773

Also by this author: The Silver Locket, The Golden Chain, Cover Reveal w/ Notes (Girl in Red Velvet), The Wedding Diary, Magic Sometimes Happens

Also in this series: The Silver Locket, The Golden Chain, Cover Reveal w/ Notes (Girl in Red Velvet), The Wedding Diary, Magic Sometimes Happens


Genres: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Realistic Fiction


Published by ChocLitUK

on 15th March, 2013

Format: UK Edition Paperback

Pages: 286

Published by: ChocLitUK (@ChocLituk)

Available Formats: Paperback, Audiobook & E-Book

Order of Sequence of Charton Minster series:

The Silver Locket Book One (review)

The Golden Chain Book Two (review) | The Penny Bangle Book Three

The Wedding Diary Book Four | Magic Sometimes Happens Book Five

*Wicked good news!* This series has a *sixth!* title! As I learnt this via a lovely convo with Ms James whilst conversing about the #ChartonMinster series on Twitter! More news lateron in 2017!

Converse via: #ChartonMinster, #HistFic, #HistRom + #ChocLit

About Margaret James

Margaret James

Margaret James was born and brought up in Hereford and now lives in Devon. She studied English at London University, and has written many short stories, articles and serials for magazines. She is the author of sixteen published novels.

Her debut novel for Choc Lit, The Silver Locket, received a glowing review from the Daily Mail and reached the Top 20 Small Publishers Fiction List in November 2010 and in the same year a Reviewers’ Choice Award from Single Titles. The Golden Chain also hit the Top 20 Small Publishers Fiction List in May 2011. The Wedding Diary was shortlisted for the 2014 Romantic Novel of the Year Award.

Novels: The Silver Locket, The Golden Chain, The Penny Bangle, The Wedding Diary and Magic Sometimes Happens which are part of the Charton Minster series.

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Charton Minster : more than just a place:

How watching S1 of ‘Land Girls’ gave me a perspective of setting and purpose ahead of reading this story:

Whilst browsing the impressive collection of BBC dramas, comedies and adaptations (of literature) on the shelves of a big box book shoppe throughout the start of the 2000s, I happily found several serials I wanted to tuck inside to happily reside in certain decades of historical perspective. One of these series over the score of a decade (or so) happened to be ‘Land Girls’ and blessedly, I was able to request this first serial through ILL (inter-library loan) via my local library. A credit to them, truly, for bridging my gap in BBC and British television viewings – as my fam helped inspire them to ‘populate’ the library with more British & Australian tv serials (from a nagging request to a then-unknown ‘Downtown Abbey’ and ‘Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries’ to more recent Canadian series: ‘Murdoch Mysteries’ and ‘Last Tango in Halifax’; the latter of which we quit after S2, as the writing sort of derailed to be honest!)

What was so very keenly inspiring about ‘Land Girls’ is how realistically the serial felt – in a very similar layer of continuity and authenticity I had found inside fellow war drama era serials: ‘House of Elliott’ and ‘Foyle’s War’. Land Girls dug inside the period of time where women (and select young men or boys) were being sent to rural farming communities to ‘work on the homefront’ and help bring in the harvests. It was a truly enriching series which also brought in the humanity and the anguish of being ‘young’ and out of your depth as far as ‘where you are’ and the people you will meet whilst your there. Including a segue thread in the serial where a young girl becomes withchild and has to creatively work around that situation.

More to the point, being a ‘Land Girl’ was highly regulated and the work ethic involved was incredibly taxing on the girls. They worked long hours and at times, the work was back-breaking. I did some background research closer to when I saw S1 and the only reason I did not request the next in sequence was how crushing the serial was on your heart and soul to watch. I was going through a lot of personal stress, and the joy of watching the series was fading due to the harder hitting story-lines. Mind you, one day I wish to pick up where I left off – of course, I could say the same in regards to BallyKissAngel and The Duchess of Duke Street – of which I am unsure I could ever truly resume in the future. Their that intense and gutting to watch!

When I realised this installment of the series was about the Land Army — I was simply overjoyed as I had a full visual range of what to ‘expect’ in the pages and was wholly enthused to dig in! When I learnt this was a story based on the author’s Mum, I was truly touched and felt so very blessed to have it alight in my hands to read! Look at the lovely picture Ms James shared with me via Twitter:

And, of course, you know I’m itching to ask her questions about her Mum’s experiences as well as the inspiring threads of how the #ChartonMinster series was penned! Hmm. Now if I can get my head to focus, I just might have to see what I can do about assembling a series Q&A ahead of dipping inside the two Contemporary installments of the series! Stay tuned!

My Review of The penny bangle:

One of the joys of reading this series is how ‘time’ moves so very smoothly between the installments – you can easily tuck yourself back inside this world, by the grace of depth and continuity Ms James has knit inside it’s heart. By the time you catch your breath (alongside Cassie) on the train, you are thankful for the few good Samaritans out there who know how to help a young girl in transit; as I had a few ‘Samaritan grandmothers’ of my own during travels where a kind gesture, a snack or a lovely conversation was a balm to a wary soul! It served as a good ‘point of entrance’ to understand Cassie’s journey to Charton Minster – as it also reminded me of my viewings of ‘Land Girls’ (which I will expound upon) where not all the girls’ chose to be a part of the Land Army but rather were ‘sent’ or ‘forcefully encouraged’ to do their bit ‘elsewhere’ from home. Here, Cassie is heading into a rural seaside community far away from the bustle of Birmingham (of which is significantly larger I believe than it’s American counterpart, of which I personally loved visiting prior to the tornadoes which ravaged the city and neighbouring Tuscaloosa in 2011).

When Rose had shown Cassie the scullery where she stored her pickles, it brought a chuckle to me – as I had very recently taken a go at pickling cucumbers for the first time! I had a chance to score a rather large assortment of farm fresh cucumbers but the recipe I pulled off an internet search for bloggers who had pickled themselves turnt out to be a bit disappointing! My pickles are just fine and dandy if you like them ‘overtly vinegary’ but not if you were attempting for the taste of ‘dill’. Laughs. What a memory of the past fortnight pulled out of a off-handled glance at a scullery! I do hope my next attempt at pickling will prove more beneficial – however, the pickles haven’t turnt to rot nor waste; I’m going to jar them properly and dice them into recipes. Apparently, they’re quite foul if you eat them alone but wonderfully ‘delish’ if they’re hidden inside a larger recipe! Speaking of which, I most likely would have become a Land Girl myself – I truly love ‘farm to table’ preservation and the validity of being self-sustaining whilst encouraging a surplus you can sell. I might have grown up in an urban inner city but I spent my teen years in the rural farm communities, where I embraced a ‘different way of life’, which enriched my spirit in such an enlightening way. To this day, I’m a hybrid of paradoxes as I’m truly an urban-rural girl at heart! Where you can have the bounty of art and cultural events of a metropolis but with the lifestyle of a farming community hugged close to the natural world.

The irony of course is because Cassie had to get out of the city in haste, she had fibbed a heap about her ‘work experience’ which the Land Army took for fact not fanciful fiction on behalf of an earnest grand-daughter trying to abide her grand-mother’s wishes she were safer than she out in the countryside. By the time Cassie starts to settle into the Denham’s farming cottage, all of the Denhams’ themselves start to make assumptions on her behalf. It did not surprise me the twins themselves (Robert and Stephen) were spilt in their assessment of her character: Stephen giving her the benefit of the doubt whilst finding she was easy to chat with on a Wintry walk and Robert, finding all of her ‘supposed’ faults but not entirely sure he had the patience to see her mature into a farmer. You can feel their vexation – as they are a small farm but they rely so heavily on the farm itself. Mr Denham isn’t on in health the way he once was and Rose, has her own worries to curb not only for her husband but her sons, too. How Cassie would fit inside this world of where feast and famine were a daily issue is not yet known but one thing is for sure, she has a bit of pluck to her! She reminded me of a younger Rose in some ways – a girl not wanting others to pass judgement on her and take her for granted.

Frances – the other Land Girl whose meant to mind the farm alongside Cassie, makes trying to learn how to farm near-impossible, as she grew up in the country and thereby has little tolerance for city girls like Cassie. She shares this resentment with Robert, who feels their wasting time keeping Cassie on when they could hire out for a new girl. Only Stephen is the voice of reason throughout all these growing pains on the farm, where his belief in Cassie helps anchour her to the farm. On her behalf, Cassie isn’t one who would shy away from grunt work but it’s the hard bit of trying to re-learn a new trade and re-learn how to be efficient in a field you’ve never worked that is the most frustrating for her to shoulder.

There is one particular moment your heart lurches and your as stirred emotionally as Robert! For a bloke who tethers his emotions so very close to his chest, he sure changes his opinion about someone when a situation of life or death presents itself! I had a sneaking feeling from this moment forward, he’d be looking at Cassie in a whole different light! Also, at the same time, you started to wonder what Frances was thinking about – but I had long since suspected her heart had turnt green from envy and no road out of that path is marked for good. Except to say, Ms James had a sneaky twist up her sleeves! I quite fancied what she did with an adverse situation and how she used it as a measure of growth for Frances! Quite real in how sometimes you have to have the death scared out of your wits to see the error of your actions!

I was hoping Rose might encourage the girls – they remind me so much of the girls who served alongside Rose in The Silver Locket; girls willing to risk a dash of danger if they can live without regretting they didn’t do their bit when they could be called into service. Mind you, I would have felt at home on the farm, as it was serving in a different way – but Frances and Cassie had fire in their belly. They wanted to break-free of their conventional ties and see how well they could survive out in the world. I loved how they didn’t have to say a wink of a nudge about their plans – Rose intuitively pulled the truth out of them after supper one evening! lol I must admit, it was one of my favourite scenes because in that moment, the ‘old’ Rose of her youthful days as a war nurse came back to life; as she saw a reflection of herself in the eyes of these Land Girls.

In the tradition of the series, Cassie and Frances seek out their adventures whilst attempting to serve alongside each other in the Army. Cassie is a quick study at driving whilst Frances finds everything a bit more of an adjustment than something she picks up easily; the two continue to draw close together as their friendship is one of the balms their new realities afford them. The interesting bit of course is how perception on their individual backgrounds affects their social standings in their ranks and how Cassie’s wanton hope to be with Robert sometimes gets her into a tidy fix of trouble! You truly start to feel for Frances during these passages as she was once the girl with all the knowledge but now the shoe is on the opposite foot; where she’s at a deficit and Cass is at the advantage. There were portions of Cassie’s training and service as a driver which fondly made me remember Hucklesuckle Weeks’s role on Foyle’s War; as she was an Army girl and a driver, too.

Ms James brings back the issue of Charton Minster (the house) itself too, whilst giving us a good nod towards knowing what’s become of the other characters we’ve cared for throughout the series (thus far along). Daisy makes an appearance and in so doing, gives us a happy moment of reprieve knowing her life has turnt out quite well. She’s not just happy (in career and marriage) but she’s resolved her past and her origins; she even has a healthy outlook on the circle of her life. One of the things you love appreciating about how the series unfolds is how each character is still keenly important even if the core of the current story has shifted forward and away from them. Their still viable and their able to give insight into where they currently are now on their own life’s path.

The tug on your heart is waiting to find out what becomes of the young adventure seekers: Cassie and Frances whilst finding the twins (Robert and Stephen) keep you on your toes as to how their lives will become altered through service and war. Robert might not be the easiest bloke to warm too, but there is something about him that pulls at your heart as you watch him make the choices he needs too and the sacrifices which come from duty. Stephen is a bit head-strong even though you don’t think it at first; he’s the twin who feels he has the most to prove and yet never quite sees himself in a positive light.

What truly hits you throughout this third story is  how difficult it is to accept the circumstances as they evolve; to embrace the future of tomorrow without understanding how the present will heal and feel less adverse. Each of the characters you’ve come to know how learning curves and situations to overcome, but at the heart of the series is always finding one’s path when the uncertainties are stacked against you. When being brave and finding courage are not easy attributes to always embrace but a strong will to survive can carry you through. What I loved most is how in each turning of the series, the women and men featured in Charton Minster have the capacity to endeavour to beat the odds and find true love in unexpected hours of grace.

How Ms James fuses continuity throughout Charton Minster:

You never have to worry about the continuity of this series – as Ms James has write such a charmingly realistic series as you move from one installment to the next, you re-alight right in step with where you were previously! It’s a credit to all writers who I am finding have a wicked way of knowing exactly what to do in a sequel or the next thread of story in a series where the layers are so very intricate and complex. Being this is a war drama series, the beauty for me, has been her focus on the people ‘behind the war’, where life moves forward at quite a clip whilst the war is still raging onwards. She hones in on the home front and of the life on the front lines (depending on where you are in the series) – giving you a hearty juxtaposition which grounds you so fully on the life experiences of her characters.

Given this is a series which takes place in the early 20th Century, you never once think your reading about a contemporary time-line either, this is a credit to her inclusions of language and turns of phrase which were the height of popularity back then rather than now. Sometimes I think we could opt to use these phrases more often, as they are slightly cheeky and give you a smile of laugh to hear out loud! I also like how she’s remained true to her character’s motivations; as you watch her characters grow and age, so too, do they evolve in both maturity and life experiences. They each find out things about themselves which might surprise them or give them a moment of pause, but overall, this is a living tome of ordinary lives intersecting with History.

And, how lovely when the author sets the atmosphere of Dorset in March:

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In case you’ve missed my ChocLit readings:

Please follow the threads through #ChocLitSaturdays!

And, visit my ChocLit Next Reads List on Riffle (recently upated!)

to see which stories I fancy to devour next!

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My first ChocLit readings of the New Year:

Reading ChocLit is a cuppa comfort & joy. You get to ‘return home’ to the stories penned in the beauty of the Romantic genres you love to devour with characters who inspire you & give you such a lift of joy to meet.

To Turn Full Circle | No. 1 of the Emma series | by Linda Mitchelmore (see Review)

– as my ‘Saturday’ was spent giving joy to someone who did not expect to receive a welcoming visit from people he knew, I wasn’t able to properly finish this lovely novel until Wednesday. Ergo, I decided to back-date this to ‘Saturday’ as that was the original day I had intended to curl inside this novel to coincide with our second #ChocLitSaturday chat of the New Year. I’ve been in a bit of a rut reading wise and ChocLit novels have a way of pulling me back inside the joy of reading which is why I pulled this off my shelf and happily devoured it!

 The Girl in the Painting | No. 2 of the Rossetti Mysteries | by Kirsty Ferry (see Review)

– as I received such a wicked lovely #bookmail surprise from ChocLit – I decided to insert this review ahead of my selections of continuing through two previous series which have enchanted my heart & mind! I hadn’t realised by doing so I would be reading this novel a few days ‘ahead’ of it’s #PubDay! How smashingly wicked, eh!? I was so overjoyed to receive this ChocLit novel – talk about a sweet bookish surprise, eh!? The chocolate which was sent along with it was #beyondyum, too! This is one of the few times I’ve been able to receive a #newbook ahead or by it’s #PubDay (for ChocLitUK) – which is why I couldn’t help but *devour!* the novel as soon as I rescued it from it’s bubbler!

The Penny Bangle | No. 3 of the Charton Minster series | by Margaret James

– as an aside, I was wicked happy finding out Ms James *loves!* Fairy Tales as much as I do! I still remember going to the theater to see ‘Beauty and the Beast’ the anime film where one of my most beloved British actresses (Angela Lansbury) portrayed Mrs Potts! Yes, I’m that old! lol I was just a girl, and the magic of the story was so lifting of spirit and of how wicked brilliant love can conquer so many things,.. it’s such a beautiful story, truly. I know this new version is a smidge darker than the first, but oh! I am so very excited about my screening – lovely to share such a heap of joy with an author whose given me so many enjoyable hours curled up inside her historical series, too! (see also this review of a sequel author’s spin on the classic tale!)

The Gilded Fan | No. 2 of the Kumashiro series | by Christina Courtenay

The Jade Lioness | No. 3 of the Kumashiro series | by Christina Courtenay

*Part of my focus on serial ChocLit Fiction!*

What shall Jorie pick next to read?! Hmm.

ChocLit had *two!* surprises for me this month! Guess what the second surprise is!? I received a copy of “The Lost Girl” – the novel I have fond memories of learning about during #ChocLitSaturday and of being so very eager to read as soon as I found out it was being released into print! It’s been a bit popular since it’s paperback release – which is why I’ve been so very keenly patient to await it’s arrival! Now that it’s here – methinks I might squeeze it in before Kumashiro!

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IF you love chatting about Romance novels, #amwriting adventures and being in a wicked good circle of writers and readers joyfully sharing their writerly & bookish lives, I invite you to join us for #ChocLitSaturday which is an extension of my reviews & guest features on behalf of ChocLitUK! All are welcome! Visit @ChocLitSaturday for more details!

Our fourth chat of 2017 will be on 1st of April, 2017 discussing #RomCom! We are meeting up bi-monthly (on avg) now which equates out to ‘every other’ Saturday where topics in writing Rom are explored & discussed. Our third chat topic was about ‘Ambiguous Loss: as pertaining to coma or amnesia with a segue thread about ‘ghosts’ who lose their earthly memories whilst in their new ethereal states’. Our second chat topic was ‘Second Chance Love’.

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I look forward to reading your thoughts & commentary! Especially if you read the book or were thinking you might be inclined to read it. I appreciate hearing different points of view especially amongst bloggers who picked up the same story to read.

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Convo I had with Ms James about #ChartonMinster:

 

 

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2017 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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