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The Lark | E. Nesbit
'A charming and brilliantly entertaining novel... shot through with the light-hearted Nesbit touch' Penelope Lively, from the introduction "When did two girls of our age have such a chance as we've got - to have a lark entirely on our own? No chaperone, no rules, no..." "No present income or future prospects," said Lucilla. It's 1919 and Jane and her cousin Lucilla leave school to find that their guardian has gambled away their money, leaving them with only a small cottage in the English countryside. In an attempt to earn their living, the orphaned cousins embark on a series of misadventures - cutting flowers from their front garden and selling them to passers-by, inviting paying guests who disappear without paying - all the while endeavouring to stave off the attentions of male admirers, in a bid to secure their independence.
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The Lark | E. Nesbit
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An incantation in the woods on St. John‘s Eve sets the stage for a series of adventures and happy coincidences as cousins Jane and Lucilla make their way in the world after being left in reduced financial circumstances by an unscrupulous guardian. The optimism, humorous mishaps and memorable characters made this an enjoyable tale. I‘m looking forward to reading more selections with the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub .

Ruthiella Great review and glad to have you on board! 😃 Also very appropriate to have the book surrounded by flowers in your photo. 🌺 (edited) 10h
Kimzey @Ruthiella Thanks! I can tell I‘m going to enjoy the ride. 😊 10h
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CarolynM Lovely photo and review. Glad to have you on board🙂 10h
Kimzey @CarolynM Thank you! 10h
erzascarletbookgasm Great photo and lovely review. I‘m just halfway through, enjoying it very much! 👍 8h
LeahBergen Ahhh, lovely review! It‘s so great to have you reading with us. ❤️ 8h
batsy That was a lovely scene, wasn't it? Beautiful photo 🌸🌷 4h
Centique I love that photo! You summed the book up perfectly too. It was so enjoyable ☺️ 3h
quietjenn Nice review. Happy to have you along! 🙂 2h
Tamra I hadn‘t expected all the humor. You summed it up perfectly! 🌺🌼🌸🌹 59m
Cathythoughts Great review!♥️ 56m
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🌿Reading the tagged book for #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub

🌿Physical book.

🌿Very much enjoying it, a solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ so far.

🌿I do sticky notes on some great quotes 😊.

Consider yourself tagged! Do join in.💚

The Lark | E. Nesbit
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Reading these three in May with #PemberLittens #FurrowedMiddleBrowClub

I adored the tagged book. It was like a #FurrowedMiddlebrow fairy tale.

I‘m behind on Jane Austen at Home (a lovely gift from @slightlyfoxed ) and “Scraps,” but hope to catch up soon. ⬇️

LeahBergen Wasn‘t it? 🥰🥰 2d
Ruthiella I‘m also reading the Austen bio! 👍 2d
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TheBookHippie Oh I love E Nesbit. 2d
quietjenn What a cozy collection. I'm really enjoying the Austen bio and I 💜 The Lark. 2d
batsy It really was! I'm also in the midst of the Austen bio and enjoying it. 1d
Cathythoughts Lovely 💫💫💫 49m
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What can I add to what my #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub friends have already posted so astutely about this book? 😃

Nesbit was primarily known for her children‘s books and while this was aimed at adults, it definitely also has a smidge of a fairytale to it. Set just after WWI Jane and Lucy leave school, only to discover their guardian has squandered their inheritance. Undaunted, they look on the bright side and forge a new (and more exciting) future.

Tamra Perfect pic setting! 🌺❤️ 3d
Ruthiella @Tamra Thanks! It‘s tough trying to take a nice picture of a black and white kindle screen! 😂 3d
LeahBergen Wonderful review! And the girls would love those flowers for their shop. 😆 3d
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erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review. 💜 3d
Ruthiella @LeahBergen They would indeed! 😂 3d
CarolynM Lovely photo and review 💕 3d
batsy Great review. And I agree with Leah, these flowers would have definitely got them excited 😁 3d
Tamra @Ruthiella I know! 😆 These editions are so reasonable on Kindle I can‘t bypass them for paper. 3d
Ruthiella @CarolynM Thanks! 😊 3d
Ruthiella @batsy For the sequel, surely they have Mr. Dix build a greenhouse for tropical flowers like bougainvillea! 3d
quietjenn What apt imagery for this one! The girls would definitely approve. 3d
Ruthiella @quietjenn I‘m glad you like it. I have few flowering plants in my yard but luckily the bougainvillea is blooming. 3d
Kimzey Enjoyed the review! 10h
Ruthiella @Kimzey Thanks! Are you reading it too? 10h
Kimzey @Ruthiella Yes, I just finished. I‘m about to post a review also. 10h
Ruthiella @Kimzey Excellent! 👍 10h
Cathythoughts Beautiful picture ♥️ and review ♥️ (edited) 43m
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Hello, #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub!

I thought I‘d post a record of our reads to help out our newest members when they‘re choosing their picks for us to vote on. The first two titles were random buddy reads that formed our group and the rest were members‘ choices.

@catebutler , you have our July pick and @elkeOriginal has September. Would you two like to offer up your choices now for us to vote on? It‘s helpful for those ordering overseas. 😊

LeahBergen And @Tamra is our “silent partner” 😉 4d
catebutler I‘ll put together my options and post ASAP! 🤗 4d
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LeahBergen @catebutler I‘m excited! 👏👏 4d
CarolynM Thanks for this Leah. Can‘t wait to see what @catebutler and @elkeOriginal choose. 4d
Ruthiella Thanks for putting this together Leah and keeping us organized! 😃 4d
Tamra Thank you for including me! (edited) 4d
quietjenn Thanks for keeping the records, so to speak! Looking forward to seeing what @catebutler and @elkeOriginal come up with for us! 4d
LeahBergen @CarolynM @Ruthiella @quietjenn No problem at all. I love this little group of ours! 😊 3d
LeahBergen @Tamra And you know you are always welcome to jump on the list to suggest our next reads (whenever your life gets less busy)! 😘 3d
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for keeping track Leah! ❤️ 3d
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm No problem, Jessie! 😘 3d
batsy Thank you for putting this list together; it's nice to see the three books you read before I joined 😊 3d
LeahBergen @batsy You‘re welcome! And it gives us a sense of accomplishment, doesn‘t it? 😆 3d
elkeOriginal Mulling over the choices now and will post a Sept choice soon! 2d
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal Great! 👏 2d
Kimzey I‘ll need to catch up with the list, since I was late to the party! 🎊😊 23h
LeahBergen @Kimzey And we‘ve liked them all! 😆😆 20h
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Jane & Lucilla leave school & assume they'll embark on a life of independent means, but are informed by their guardian that he has gambled away their money & they will have to make do with the house+500 pounds. Jane declares that instead of seeing it as hardship, they're going to see this as A Lark. There's a touch of fairy tale magic to this tale, which reminds me of the charm & optimism of Nesbit's children's books. An utter frothy delight.

Tamra Fairy tale magic is spot on! 😊 4d
Ruthiella Great review! It was a frothy delight! With an undercurrent of reality as @CarolynM pointed out elsewhere. 4d
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batsy @Tamra I like that it kind of wove those elements into the story without sacrificing characterisation 🙂 4d
batsy @Ruthiella Thank you, and yes, agreed @CarolynM there's not really a point where the book turns away from reality too much and I appreciated that. 4d
LeahBergen Lovely review! And yes, I too appreciated the light touch with the fairy tale aspect of the plot. 4d
quietjenn Perfectly said (and oh how lovely your accompanying treats look!). 4d
CarolynM Lovely review💕 3d
batsy @LeahBergen Thank you! Once again this group read delivers the kind of comfort read I needed 🥰 3d
batsy @quietjenn @CarolynM Thank you! 😘😘 3d
Kimzey Nice review! 10h
batsy @Kimzey Thank you! 4h
Cathythoughts Lovely review♥️👍🏻 42m
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Lark | E Nesbit
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Orphan cousins Jane & Lucilla have just left school when they discover they have been cheated out of most of their inheritance. Their high spirits & generous natures attract a wide variety of new friends while their efforts to make ends meet don‘t always go to plan. Fabulous characters, gentle humour & a story that resembles old fashioned children-on-summer-holidays type books made for another lovely #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub read.

batsy Lovely review 💕 I loved all of those characters. 4d
Ruthiella I‘ve only read Nesbit‘s The Railway Children before, but I agree that The Lark has a similar kind of “children on summer holiday” feel to it. 4d
LeahBergen A perfect review! Your notion of a children‘s summer holiday story is spot on. 👌 (edited) 4d
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Tamra Indeed the humor was delightful. 😄 4d
quietjenn Hear, hear! As characters, those high spirits and generous natures really do make the story sing. 4d
Centique Well put! Now that you say that it does remind me of children playing house - that playful nature they have chosen to keep with them. 3d
elkeOriginal I agree as you note that their spirits and generous nature make this magical - with different attitudes this plot description could easily have gone the opposite way into hardship and depression! The girls bring their own light! 23h
Cathythoughts Nice review! I have some catching up to do. 41m
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Jane and her cousin Lucilla are fresh from school in the aftermath of WW1 when they discover that their guardian has gambled away their inheritance and they are left with only 740 and a cottage. Through various money-making schemes they meet, and have a lasting effect, on their new neighbours.

A sweet and witty tale for whenever you need a little “lark” of your own. Loved it!


Ruthiella Romantic too! I just finished it today. What do you think: Did Mr. Dix and Miss Antrobus maybe also become engaged? And Mr. “Tombs”...did he maybe return later and sweep Lucinda off her feet? 🤔 4d
LeahBergen @Ruthiella It definitely was! I was wondering the same. I thought that Mr Dix and Lucilla would get together but then Mr Dix was very appreciative of Miss Antrobus near the end, wasn‘t he? I must say, I was surprised that Mr Tombs was the chauffeur… and the guardian! 4d
batsy Lovely review! I enjoyed this so much. Had something about the spirit of the children's books in this. 4d
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Tamra @batsy I‘ve never read her children‘s lit, but it must be quite charming. 😊 4d
batsy @LeahBergen @Ruthiella I was wondering about Mr Tombs! I'm holding out hope that he returns to sweep Lucilla off her feet. But there's an entire backstory there with him so I'm sad there's no sequel of sorts 😆 Initially I thought Mr Dix was meant for Lucilla and I do appreciate that it went in a different, not so tidy direction... 4d
Tamra Perfect review! For certain it was a lark. 4d
Tamra @batsy a sequel would have been wonderful! 4d
batsy @Tamra I haven't read most of it yet which I must fix 🙂 but I *adored* The Railway Children, Five Children and It, and The Treasure Seekers as a kid. 4d
CarolynM @Ruthiella @batsy I loved all those revelations at the end - everyone knew about Aunt Harriet, Miss Antrobus wasn‘t after Mr Rochester, the charming Thorntons were burglars, Mr Tombs was so much more than he appeared😂 I definitely thought we were left with 3 couples although not yet fully declared. I liked that the story addressed the aftermath of the war with such a light touch. 4d
Ruthiella @batsy @CarolynM The reveal that EVERYONE knew about Aunt Harriet was hilarious. 😆 4d
batsy @Ruthiella @CarolynM I loved that everyone thought everyone else hadn't caught on 😆 4d
LeahBergen @CarolynM @Ruthiella @batsy Yes! And everyone was all “oh no, your acting was wonderful. I was the only one who figured it out…” 😆😆 4d
LeahBergen @batsy @Ruthiella Like you, I totally appreciated that it wasn‘t a “pat” conclusion as to who ended up with who. And I so thought I‘d like a sequel. I also wanted to see what happened to tarty Gladys. 😆 Did she land Simmons? (was that his name?) 4d
LeahBergen @Tamra @batsy I‘ve only read a couple of her children‘s books but I remember they had the same feel and wit. It DID feel like a children‘s story for adults, didn‘t it? 4d
Centique @LeahBergen @Ruthiella @CarolynM @batsy so delightful! It was just the kind of sunshine with tea and scones escape I needed. I loved that everyone had clocked Aunt Harriet 😂 4d
Tamra @LeahBergen @batsy I felt the childlike fantasy was well balanced with adult reality. Not everything is or will be perfect, but they so enthusiastically embrace life we know all will be well. 4d
Tamra @LeahBergen @batsy @Ruthiella the door is left wide open for a sequel! I have to wonder if she contemplated one. 🤔 There is so much fun potential, think of the adventures…. 4d
Tamra Mrs. Rochester must be fit to be tied. 🤭 4d
Ruthiella @Tamra How Mrs. Rochester copes would definitely be one of the more interesting aspects of our imagined sequel! 🤔 4d
Tamra @Ruthiella just imagine! This could be a stunningly beautiful film. As I read I wondered if one had been made. I‘ll have to Google it. 4d
LeahBergen @Centique That‘s a perfect way of putting it. Such a sunshiny read! 😊 4d
LeahBergen @Tamra I read the introduction after I finished the book and it seems like she was ill at the time of writing and sensed this would be her final book. 🙁 4d
LeahBergen @Tamra @Ruthiella Mrs Rochester is going to lose her mind. 😆 4d
LeahBergen @Tamra Wouldn‘t a really good film be lovely?? Imagine if Merchant and Ivory got their hands on it, back in the day? 🥰 4d
Tamra @LeahBergen oh, sad. 😢 4d
Tamra @LeahBergen oh my yes! 4d
quietjenn @batsy @LeahBergen @Ruthiella I love that there are so many possibilities left unanswered! Not as dangling strings that are frustrating, but just as options for us to imagine 🙂 4d
quietjenn @LeahBergen @CarolynM @Ruthiella @batsy Me too! It was such a hoot as they all took her aside one by one. 😅 4d
quietjenn @Tamra @LeahBergen @batsy That's such a lovely way to phrase it. 4d
LeahBergen @quietjenn Yes! The options are so tantalizing. 😆 3d
Cathythoughts Great review… I‘m way behind with this one. I‘ll catch up soon. From the bit I‘ve read , I agree , a film would be lovely. 39m
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😂 I had a giggle over Lucy scoffing at Decorum. This was a funny scene!

Charming little tiptoe through the tulips. 🌷🌷 Perfect period escapist fiction.


batsy This was delightful 🌞 5d
Tamra @batsy it was! Nice anecdote to adulting. 😁 5d
LeahBergen Wasn‘t it a charmer? 😊 5d
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Tamra @LeahBergen completely! 😄 5d
Cathythoughts Escapism sounds good. I‘m looking forward to finishing this one soon 🤞🏻 (edited) 17m
Tamra @Cathythoughts happy to see you back! 😍 You‘ll enjoy the simple charms of the story. 5m
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Isn‘t this so true? Old houses are full of romance, but…..


CarolynM Yes, all I could think of was “What a lot of work!” 😂 6d
Tamra @CarolynM and $$! 😝 We lived in a 100+ year old house for 16 years and thank goodness it was small. 6d
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LeahBergen 😆 Her writing is quirky, isn‘t it? This one has the charm of her children‘s stories in it a bit and I‘m liking it! 2w
Tamra @LeahBergen yes! I love the narrator commentary. 2w
LeahBergen @Tamra I do, too! 2w
Cathythoughts Love it 😁.. I must get back to it tonight 🤞🏻 2w
batsy It's so good! 2w
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Started in on this #furrowedmiddlebrowclub read, and am just burning my way through it. I'm pleased to find it just as delightful as the second time around, but with lots of things I don't at all remember. Such plucky gals!

Tamra I have the same adorable tray - I love it! So cheery. ☺️ 2w
Sparklemn I love that tray! Do either of you remember where you got it? @tamra @quietjenn (edited) 2w
Tamra @Sparklemn I purchased mine at IKEA a few years ago. 🦜 2w
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LeahBergen They are super plucky, aren‘t they? And I‘m loving that tray, too. 😊 2w
Sparklemn @tamra Ikea still has it. Yay! Thank you. 2w
Tamra @Sparklemn awesome! 2w
quietjenn @LeahBergen yes indeed! Thank you for answering the tray inquiry, @Tamra! I love it too and hope you will enjoy it if you get it, @Sparklemn 2w
batsy It's such a hopeful read! Gives a bit of cheer and optimism. 2w
quietjenn @Batsy indeed! It‘s a good thing 😊 2w
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Ruthiella I‘ve only read the first two chapters and am super curious as to what will happen next! 2w
Leftcoastzen I love your lady pot! 2w
Centique You have the BEST accessories 😍 2w
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Tamra Just starting now! 😁 2w
wordslinger42 I love E. Nesbit, but I haven't heard of this one. I'll have to find a copy! 2w
rubyslippersreads I‘m loving it. (And you lady is adorable.) 2w
batsy I'm about 200 pages in and absolutely enjoying it. Genuinely a lark 😆 Love your photo! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Haha! I love that lady! I‘ll start next week. 2w
quietjenn That lady - who I totally thought was Angela Lansbury - is amazing. Looking forward to getting to this one, which I loved the first time I read it. 2w
BarbaraBB That lady 😍 2w
Cathythoughts Oh she‘s brilliant Leah ! 😁🥰 I love her. Book is good , I‘m still on chapter one.. life is way too busy. 2w
LeahBergen @Ruthiella I was thrilled that it started with a manor house library scene. 😆 2w
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen @Centique Thank you! 😘😘 2w
LeahBergen @Tamra I was sucked in right away. 👍 2w
LeahBergen @wordslinger42 I had only read her children‘s stories. This is an adult novel and really charming so far! 😊 2w
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Thank you! I‘ve had several of these head vases for years and don‘t know why I haven‘t hauled them out for a Litsy photo before. 😆 2w
LeahBergen @batsy Thanks! And I‘m feeling in need of a good lark right now myself. 😆 2w
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks! And I think you‘ll like this read. 👍 2w
LeahBergen @quietjenn Thanks! And oddly enough, I was thinking the very same thing when I took this photo today. I‘d never seen the resemblance before. 😆😆 2w
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Thanks, Barbara! 😘 2w
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Thanks, Cathy! And yes, you‘ve been a busy Granny of late, haven‘t you? 🥰🥰 2w
batsy @quietjenn I thought exactly the same! 😁 2w
Amiable I always love the composition of your book photos, but this one might be my favorite! 2w
CarolynM Loving the book. And I thought Angela Lansbury too, @quietjenn specifically in Blue Hawaii😂 (edited) 2w
BookNAround I‘ve ordered it so I‘m hoping it‘s there when I get home! 2w
MaureenMc 🥰🥰🥰 2w
LeahBergen @Amiable Aww, thank you! 😘😘 2w
LeahBergen @CarolynM Yes, I just looked up some images of the movie and there‘s one of her in a big hat! 😆 2w
LeahBergen @BookNAround Oh, good! I hope you enjoy it, too. 😊 2w
EvieBee Let‘s just agree that ANY cool vintage finds NEED to be included at some point. Ja‘dore! 😍😍 2w
DivineDiana Isn‘t she lovely?!! Agree with @EvieBee! 1w
UwannaPublishme 😍😍😍 1w
elkeOriginal @Leftcoastzen LADY POT 😆 2d
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‘I shall always respect the mumps for getting us this extra month‘s holiday. I wish it had a prettier name - Mompessa, or something like that; we have the time of our lives amid all this ancestral splendour.‘

I love it.

And I love chapter One 💫💫💫 #Furrowedmiddlebrowclub

Tamra 😂 2w
LeahBergen 😆😆 2w
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I've started on The Lark, going very slowly, and truly relishing every sentence. "Bacon is an admirable brain tonic". ?

I've noticed that after a breakfast involving bacon, it really does feel like everything can be conquered and the world is your oyster ?


rubyslippersreads I‘m loving this so far (and now craving bacon 🤣🥓). 2w
batsy @rubyslippersreads I'm really enjoying it, too! And I also have bacon on my mind 😆 2w
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Tamra Looking forward to starting! Yes to bacon 😋 2w
batsy @Tamra I hope you enjoy it! 2w
LeahBergen Mmm… bacon. 😆 And now I‘m looking even more forward to starting this in a day or two! 2w
Ruthiella I‘ve not started yet, but am glad to hear the writing is good! 👍 2w
quietjenn So happy to hear that people are enjoying it. And as far as life philosophies go, I've heard worse! 2w
CarolynM 🤣🤣 2w
batsy @LeahBergen @Ruthiella I hope you both like it! I'm very much enjoying how one Lark spins off into multiple larks 😆 2w
batsy @quietjenn Indeed! One formed while consuming bacon can't be all that bad 😂 2w
batsy @CarolynM 😁🥓 2w
Kimzey Now I know what to eat if I need inspiration! 😊 2w
Cathythoughts Sounds good ! Now I‘m hungry for bacon 🙂 2w
batsy @Kimzey @Cathythoughts Perfect excuse to indulge 😁 2w
UwannaPublishme 😂😂😂 2w
kspenmoll 😂😂😄 1w
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Happy May Day reading friends! This is a reminder that our #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub pick for May is The Lark by E. Nesbit, called “A novel for grown-up children” in the Dean Street Press edition introduction by Charlotte Moore.

The rough plan is to read and post any thoughts and/or reviews starting mid-month, though really any time is fine. We aren‘t fussy. 😊

Wanna be tagged or removed from the tag? Let me know!

Cathythoughts Thanks Ruth ♥️ I have it beside me , haven‘t started yet though. 3w
catebutler Can‘t wait! Just pulled my copy off the bookshelf. 3w
rubyslippersreads This is one of the first FMs I bought, so I‘m excited to read it. 3w
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quietjenn I loved this one so much when I first read it (about five years ago), so I'm really looking forward to seeing if it stacks up to memory. And, of course, sharing the experience with you all! 3w
LeahBergen Thanks for the reminder post! I‘m really looking forward to this one. 👏👏 3w
CarolynM I‘ve made a start. So far so good🙂 3w
Tamra Yay!! Thank you for the tag. 😄 3w
Kimzey Thanks for tagging! My copy arrived last week. 🎉 3w
erzascarletbookgasm 👌💖 I‘ll start as soon as I finished a couple of my library books expiring soon! 3w
elkeOriginal Is it that time already? Thanks for the reminder! Grabbing off the shelf now for the bedside stack! 2w
Centique Ooh please tag me - only if you remember - I‘ve read this one! 😍 2w
Ruthiella @Centique That‘s right! I will definitely try to tag you in my review! 2w
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#FurrowedMiddleBrowClub It‘s nearly May, so The Lark is down from the shelf … and Lisa says hi 👋🏻

CarolynM She's got a good spot there 🐶❤ 3w
Cathythoughts @CarolynM She does! Front window , she can bark at all her dog friends passing by 😁 3w
squirrelbrain Hi Lisa! 👋 ❤️ 3w
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Cinfhen Ahhhh, there she is 😁💕 (edited) 3w
batsy Aww 😍😍 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Hello Lisa 🐶 3w
merelybookish She knows how to pose for the camera. 🐶 3w
Cathythoughts @merelybookish She sure does 😁 3w
LeahBergen Hello, Lisa Lee! 😘😘😘 3w
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Hi Leah and Johnny 😘 3w
ReadingRachael Awww, what a sweetie ❤️ 3w
Oryx ❤️❤️ 3w
Cathythoughts @ReadingRachael She is sweet ❤️( most of the time 😁) (edited) 3w
Tamra Curly Cutie 😘 3w
Tamra Is The Lark next up, correct? I have it downloaded on Kindle. I‘m so excited to have my reading time back! (edited) 3w
rubyslippersreads ❤️🐶❤️ 3w
Cathythoughts @rubyslippersreads ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Cathythoughts @Tamra Yes 💕 3w
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@batsy I saw this at the library and picked it up as I remembered you #furrowedmiddlebrow lot are going to read it soon. And then my other books were bails so I ended up reading it early. (I‘m clearly not cut out for buddy reads 😂) So I‘ll not say a word about it but look forward to hearing you talk about it next month!

CarolynM I'm looking forward to reading this next month🙂 1mo
LeahBergen Oh, lovely! Yes, chime in and comment next month when you see us all reading it. Our tag to follow is #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub 😊 1mo
batsy Yay! I'm keen to read this and we look forward to having you join us in the comments & chat 😘 1mo
Cathythoughts Looking forward to you joining us ♥️ in the chat. (edited) 1mo
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Hi #furrowedmiddlebrowclub gang, it's time to pick the May read & I was thinking youthful hijinks 🌞

Would you prefer The Lark, about two young cousins who try to make their way in the world after their inheritance is squandered, or Visiting Moon, a kind of middlebrow British Brady Bunch? 😆 I'll keep voting open till Sunday.

@CarolynM @catebutler @Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm @LeahBergen @quietjenn @rubyslippersreads @Ruthiella @Tamra

batsy Please let me know if I missed out on tagging anyone! 2mo
catebutler Great choices! I read and adored, The Lark, so my choice is for, Beneath the Visiting Moon. 2mo
Tamra Oh, squandered riches sounds like fun! 😆 I‘ll be adding both to my TBR! 2mo
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LeahBergen Ooo! I have both of these and haven‘t read them so I‘d be pleased with either. Let‘s see… my vote goes to 2mo
LeahBergen @Tamra @catebutler @elkeOriginal Would you all like to be added to our voting rotation (where you offer up a couple of picks for our next read)? We‘ve finished our first round with @batsy ‘s pick so we can add you if you like. I‘ll make a post after this voting is complete. 😊 2mo
rubyslippersreads I have both and haven‘t read either, but I think I‘m leaning toward The Lark too. 2mo
StaceGhost I really enjoyed the lark! Perfect anxiety battling comfort read 2mo
Ruthiella Tough choice! I love the Brady Bunch concept but also want to try Nesbitt! I literally flipped a coin and got Squandered Riches! 😂 2mo
elkeOriginal My vote is for The Lark! 2mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen I would love to join the rotation - THX!! 2mo
catebutler @LeahBergen Yes please! I‘d be happy to be added to the rotation. ❤️ 2mo
CarolynM Both sound good to me but if I have to choose I'll go with 2mo
Cathythoughts Exciting choices , I‘ll probably get both for myself 😍.. but I‘m voting for 2mo
quietjenn I'm in the same boat as @CateButler - I've read and adored The Lark, so will vote for 2mo
Tamra Given my obligations, I want to follow and read along with whatever is chosen. It‘s always a fun selection no matter! 😁 2mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal @catebutler Perfect! We‘ll tack you two on to the end of our list here. So, Cate will offer up our choices for July. Elke, you‘ll be September. Does that work? @Tamra we‘ll keep you in the loop by tagging you. 😊 (edited) 2mo
Tamra @LeahBergen thank you! 👌🏾 2mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen Sept is perfect for me! 2mo
batsy @StaceGhost So glad to hear it! Look forward to reading it 🙂 2mo
Ruthiella Excellent! 👍 Looking forward to it. 2mo
catebutler @LeahBergen July works for me! 🤗 2mo
CarolynM 👍 Now let's see if I can manage to avoid ordering a whole pile of others to go with it🤔🙄🤣 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm @CarolynM 😂 Always a happy ‘accident‘ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👌 Will order the book soon 2mo
batsy @CarolynM I'm rooting for you NOT to! And look forward to seeing your haul 😂😈 2mo
rubyslippersreads @batsy I would feel remiss in my duties if I didn‘t encourage @CarolynM to order more books. 🤣 2mo
batsy @rubyslippersreads We're just trying to be #GoodLittens 😆 @CarolynM 2mo
LeahBergen Perfect! 👍 And, yes. I‘m looking forward to that haul photo, @CarolynM !😆 2mo
CarolynM @batsy @rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen Ha! It's only money... 😒😆 2mo
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Another ~7 hours, this time mostly ebook for #sharreadathon but with some audio for #paganbuddystudy 🧚🏻 spent the rest of the day walking around with this little girl & contemplating existence— an absolute lark

sprainedbrain 😍😍😍 3mo
CBee Those CHEEKS 😍😍😍😍 nothing like a sleeping baby, I miss those days so much! 3mo
CarolynM 🥰 3mo
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Chelsea.Poole Squee!! 😻 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh how beautiful 😍 3mo
Gissy So sweet😍❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
StaceGhost Thanks guys! She‘s my copilot for any and all adventures! Have baby, will travel 🧳 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks What is her name? Is this your first little one? 3mo
StaceGhost @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks her name is Elinor Millicent 🥰she‘s my second child and my only daughter ❤️her brother is Eliot— both weird spellings inspired by literature (edited) 3mo
wanderinglynn So sweet! 💜 3mo
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#GratefulReads #BookGiftedToYou
This book was gifted to me by @batsy 🙏😘
I hope the book doesn‘t have to wait any much longer for me to get to it. 🙈

Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍 3y
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚❤️ 3y
batsy I hope you enjoy it when you do! 😁❤️ 3y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 3y
Kalalalatja Great cover! 3y
quietjenn I loved this one. 3y
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm I hope you don't have to order a copy if you still have this one 😆 2mo
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The Lark | E. Nesbit
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And a few more books I received for Christmas. 💕

Melissa_J I love the covers on the Angela Thirkell books. (edited) 3y
LeahBergen @Melissa_J Me, too! 😍 3y
Reviewsbylola The covers are amazing. 3y
rubyslippersreads I‘ve been wanting to read The Lark. 3y
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Today is my happy day! Received two parcels in the mail! One is the #150PnPCoverParty goodies and then THIS! An early birthday surprise from @batsy ! Thank you, my friend, you are so thoughtful in selecting the two books, both I‘ve not read. One to cheer me up, the other sounds like something I‘d enjoy. Absolutely love the bookmark and the notebook. What a pleasant surprise 💕😘

youneverarrived Lovely 😍😍 4y
batsy You're welcome! Happy early birthday! ❤️❤️ Hope they're both good reads. Maybe someday we can read The Unicorn together 😆🦄 4y
Kalalalatja How wonderful! 4y
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erzascarletbookgasm @youneverarrived @Kalalalatja They‘re lovely and wonderful! 😁💖. So is @batsy (edited) 4y
erzascarletbookgasm @batsy thank you. Let‘s buddy read it someday. One day. Soonish. 😁 4y
Cathythoughts Oh how lovely ❤️ 4y
Jess7 Happy birthday! 4y
readordierachel How wonderful! 🎉 4y
rubyslippersreads Happy 🎂🎂🎂! @batsy is an excellent gift giver. I need to move this one up on my TBR list: 4y
TheLibrarian Happy Birthday!!🎂 4y
batsy @rubyslippersreads ❤️ The Lark does sound really charming 🙂 4y
Sarah83 Happy birthday 🎂 4y
TricksyTails Happy Birthday!🎂🎉🎁 4y
mrp27 Happy Birthday!! 🎉📚🎂 4y
DivineDiana Wishing you a fantastic year! 🎉🎂🎉 4y
minkyb Belated birthday wishes! 4y
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The Lark | E. Nesbit
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I wasn‘t far wrong in my previous post - only one wedding in the offing in the end - but there was a string of late twists and turns growing ever more improbably before coming screeching to an end. And yet I still liked it. Exactly like a children‘s adventure book but for adults - lots of frolics but very little actual peril so it‘s a bit like a warm hug of a book. Nice and safe.

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About two thirds of the way through this now - and I sort of hate myself because I love books about distressed gentlewomen who find strange but acceptable for ladies ways of earning money when they‘re left insufficiently well provided for to maintain their lifestyles. In this one the girls turn to: floristry and luck into a big old house for free. I have high hopes for a double wedding to end it. 😉

quietjenn I 💙 this book! 4y
emtobiasz Yeah, sometimes I hate how much I like the most traditional/conservative of narratives 😕 4y
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