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Mrs. Martell | Elizabeth Eliot
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'As far as I am concerned, Aunt Violet, I don't want another penny of your money. I can go out and earn my bread' and she saw a distinct picture of herself working her fingers to the bone and being seduced by goodness knows whom. Obsessed with money and class and all the appearances of a sophisticated life, but coming herself from genteel poverty, Cathie Martell rarely loses her focus on getting what she wants, regardless of the feelings or happiness of those who get in her way. Her Aunt Violet, for example, who finances her education, or her first husband, or the man she's set her sights on to be her second (not to mention that man's current wife). Elizabeth Eliot's third novel, first published in 1953, follows an utterly self-absorbed, superficial woman from her teens to her second marriage. But if that sounds unsavoury, you clearly haven't encountered Eliot's giddy prose, as packed with clever insights and a sharp eye for detail as it is with humour. This new edition includes an introduction by Elizabeth Crawford. Furrowed Middlebrow and Dean Street Press have also reprinted three of Eliot's other long-neglected novels--Alice, Henry, and Cecil--in their first new editions for more than half a century. "Malicious, alarmingly observant and continually amusing" Sunday Times "There are sad patches in this book because wickedness is a sad business, but also enchantingly funny ones. Lady Elizabeth's writing is light and witty as ever--delicious conversation pieces again--and her judgment of people is always penetrating and often tolerant" Time and Tide "Written with a humour that is adult without being cynical and from an outlook that is observant without being critical" The Sphere
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Mrs. Martell | Elizabeth Eliot
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Oh the dreadful Mrs Martell! This book feels much more modern than it is, I kept forgetting that it was written in the '50s. Unfortunately it isn't only Mrs Martell who is horrible- there isn't a character to root for in this whole book. (Even poor Laura. I could sympathize a bit with her but I didn't exactly like her.) Still, watching people get exactly what they've schemed for only to be miserable was quite satisfying. 🤭

bookandbedandtea @TheAromaofBooks This is my #BookSpin for April. 9mo
Ruthiella I agree that no one comes off well in this, even pathetic cousin Laura! 9mo
bookandbedandtea @Ruthiella Pathetic is right! Although, Laura finally seems to come into her own at the end. 9mo
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Cathythoughts ‘Dreadful Mrs Martell‘ 😂 I really enjoyed this 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 9mo
bookandbedandtea @Cathythoughts I did too and I never would have heard of it but for Litsy. 😊 9mo
Cathythoughts I know ! I wouldn‘t have heard of it either , only for Litsy 👍🏻❤️ 9mo
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Mrs. Martell | Elizabeth Eliot
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I‘m so glad to have read this along with the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub . What a character Mrs. Martell is! A real schemer, so bitchy, so nasty! A fun read with quiet humour, but there‘s also sadness in it all. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the ending is great.

Cathythoughts Great review & This was a great pick Jessie! I loved it 👍🏻❤️ 10mo
Ruthiella It was such an entertaining read! Cathie Martell was quite the character! 😀 10mo
quietjenn In agreement, 100%! Thanks for suggesting this one! 10mo
LeahBergen Wasn‘t she a nasty piece of work?? 😆 10mo
CarolynM Great choice, Jessie. I really enjoyed this one🙂 10mo
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Mrs. Martell | Elizabeth Eliot
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What a piece of work was Cathie Martell! But if was very entertaining, and ultimately satisfying, to see her get what she wanted and, indeed, what she deserved. I think the moral if this tale might be "be careful what you wish for". Thanks for the buddy read #FurrowedMiddlebrow gang. Any thoughts about which one next?

Cathythoughts It was such a good read. I‘m happy to go with whatever is decided for May 👍🏻❤️ 10mo
Cathythoughts I wouldn‘t know what to recommend... I must investigate. There seem to be a lot of these books & more coming soon 👍🏻❤️ 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm She sure is quite a character! I‘m almost at the end...got to where she got what she wanted 🙄. 10mo
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erzascarletbookgasm I must investigate what to suggest next, too. Shall we each suggest a book and the rest vote, or each of us takes turn to suggest a book? 🤔 10mo
LeahBergen Yes, this was a solid pick for me and oh, how I enjoyed that ending! A bit of darkness and a bit of humour is always my cup of tea. 👍 10mo
LeahBergen Hmm... our next pick? I own a lot of the Furrowed Middlebrows so I‘m up for any suggestions. Perhaps we should simplify things and each take a turn at choosing a book, as @erzascarletbookgasm suggests? @Cathythoughts @Ruthiella @rubyslippersreads @quietjenn 10mo
Cathythoughts Will go in rotation so ...? & so who‘s next ? I could pick ... it would be pot luck though ! Or would @ruthiella @rubyslippersreads @quietjenn have one in mind .... ??? What do you think ? @LeahBergen @CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm (edited) 10mo
Ruthiella I so agree that the end was satisfying! I was a little worried (in a good way which means I was invested in the story) that it wouldn‘t. I‘m OK with each picking a new round. I don‘t own any, other than Tom Tiddler‘s Ground. So I‘m open to any new title. 😀@LeahBergen @CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm @quietjenn @Cathythoughts @rubyslippersreads (edited) 10mo
rubyslippersreads I hope to finish today. As for the next pick, I own quite a few Furrowed Middlebrows and also have some Amazon credit, so I‘m open to anything. 😊 @LeahBergen @CarolynM @Ruthiella @quietjenn @erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts (edited) 10mo
quietjenn This was a very solid Just Desserts sort of ending, which I found awfully satisfying! 10mo
Cathythoughts Will you pick the next one @rubyslippersreads ? Would that be ok ❤️ 10mo
quietjenn I‘m pretty open as to our next read, as well. I have quite the stash of them built up and am never opposed to adding to it! I‘m good with rotating suggestions. 10mo
rubyslippersreads @Cathythoughts Oh my goodness, the pressure. 🤣 I‘ve had this one on my TBR list for awhile 10mo
Ruthiella Mrs. Martell was the suggestion of @erzascarletbookgasm . How about @rubyslippersreads chooses for May @quietjenn for July, @LeahBergen for September and @CarolynM November @Cathythoughts January 2022 and me March 2022? That brings us full circle! 😃 10mo
quietjenn @Ruthiella thank you for a) remembering who suggested this one and b) taking the lead and setting a plan for us! I approve both of this schedule and @rubyslippersreads choice of Miss Plum and Miss Penny. 👏 @erzascarletbookgasm @LeahBergen @CarolynM @Cathythoughts 10mo
Cathythoughts @Ruthiella sounds perfect 👍🏻 I‘m off to order my copy of Miss Plum & Miss Penny 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
LeahBergen Thanks for your organizational skills, @Ruthiella ! 😆 I‘ve had an old edition of Miss Plum and Miss Penny on my shelves for quite a while now so great pick, @rubyslippersreads ! 👏🏻 @quietjenn @Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm @CarolynM 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm Alright! I‘ll go order our next read! The rotation plan is perfect. 👌 @Ruthiella @rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @quietjenn @CarolynM 10mo
CarolynM Miss Plum and Miss Penny it is! Thanks 😘 @rubyslippersreads And thanks for the schedule 😘 @Ruthiella (edited) 10mo
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Mrs. Martell | Elizabeth Eliot
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LeahBergen Yes! And hell it would be. 😆 10mo
Ruthiella 😂Yes! Excellent quote! 😂 10mo
quietjenn Such a good line. Someone needs some hazard pay 😆 10mo
Cathythoughts Imagine it 😳😂😂 10mo
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Mrs. Martell | Elizabeth Eliot
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I have finally made it to the skiing, y'all! Lean avay! 🤣 These characters are really something, to say the least. Super enjoying the book though, and not sure I'd have gotten to it without the #FurrowedMiddlebrowGang, so hooray! @Ruthiella @CarolynM @rubyslippersreads @erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts @LeahBergen

CarolynM Glad you're enjoying. I'm dragging my heels. Will get back to it soon. 10mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m not up to the skiing yet. I‘m a bit like @CarolynM 😊 10mo
Ruthiella I liked the book a lot and am glad of the introduction to this author. I look forward to more #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub discoveries in the future! 😀 10mo
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LeahBergen This section gave me traumatic ski lesson flashbacks 😆 10mo
Cathythoughts I wouldn‘t have got to it without #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub either ... loved it so much. Looking forward to our next one in May ... lean avay 😂 ⛷! What a laugh 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm Aww, I haven‘t gotten to the skiing yet. I‘m loving the book, loving our first book for #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub 10mo
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Mrs. Martell | Elizabeth Eliot
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“You follow me and you lean avay from the hill”

I didn‘t realize skiing was that easy? 😆


Cathythoughts Stop 😂if I read “ lean avay from the hill “ one more time .... I was cracking up 🤣 10mo
Cathythoughts Another great picture ! You‘re on a roll ❤️👍🏻 10mo
Cathythoughts I wonder if all her books are this good 10mo
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Ruthiella Leah was right, it‘s a real mix of humor and dark! 10mo
Cathythoughts Yes! And I love this mix 10mo
LeahBergen I‘m just starting this chapter. 😆😆 10mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I really loved another of this author‘s books 10mo
CarolynM Wonderful picture. I haven't got to the skiing yet. I look forward to it. 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm Ooooh who goes skiing? 😃 I‘m enjoying this very much, I‘m glad we picked Mrs Martell, my first Elizabeth Eliot. 10mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen I‘m getting Alice ! Thankyou fir the tip X 10mo
AmyG It‘s not remotely that easy. 10mo
quietjenn I‘m not there yet either, but probably everything is easy when you‘re so beautiful. 10mo
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Mrs. Martell | Elizabeth Eliot
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Nearly halfway my sympathies are entirely with Laura.

Ruthiella I‘m worried about Laura! 😬 10mo
Cathythoughts I‘m finished & I absolutely loved this book! I‘m with you both , I‘m mad about Laura ❤️ 10mo
LeahBergen Poor Laura, indeed! 😬 @CarolynM @Ruthiella 10mo
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LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m about 75% through and loving it, too! 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm Me too @Ruthiella ! I‘m only at the beginning where Laura was wishing she were dead 😨. I‘m really liking it so far. 10mo
quietjenn It‘s so sly and smart! I really need to catch up with y‘all! 10mo
Centique I love your mug! 😍 10mo
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Mrs. Martell | Elizabeth Eliot
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“Her legs were looking particularly good in that photograph, and her hips were turned
at just the right angle; but then in all the photographs her hips were turned at just the right angle “


Leftcoastzen Love this photo! So glamorous! 10mo
LeahBergen Perfect! 😆 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
Cathythoughts Oh that‘s perfect! That‘s her alright ! 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm What a great find! That‘s very Mrs Martell! 10mo
CarolynM Almost exactly what I'm imagining👏🙂 10mo
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Mrs. Martell | Elizabeth Eliot
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ShelleyBooksie I am intrigued! 10mo
Ruthiella This is turning out to be a darker read than I anticipated. But I am enjoying it so far. Just wondering how it will all turn out! 10mo
MsMelissa Lovely photo 😊 10mo
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LeahBergen @Ruthiella I read another one of her novels (Alice) and it was a mix of humour and darkness, too. 10mo
LeahBergen @MsMelissa Thanks! And it‘s Murchie‘s Earl Grey. 😉 10mo
Cathythoughts @Ruthiella @LeahBergen Yes there‘s almost a Hitchcock vibe about it 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely photo. I too snickered at the first page! 10mo
CarolynM She's a piece of work, alright! I'm up to chapter 5. 10mo
HardcoverHearts Want! 10mo
tpixie @LeahBergen I Love earl grey!! Lovely cup and saucer! 10mo
Reviewsbylola I love books with bitchy, PITA narrators. Cathie sounds fun! 10mo
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Mrs. Martell | Elizabeth Eliot
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Mrs Martell is so enjoyable.. I‘m trying to take off her ‘ beautiful ankles ‘ for a laugh 😂!! She is some cookie! Very good so far #furrowedMiddleBrowClub

CarolynM Beautiful ankles indeed😍😂 I'm looking forward to getting to know Mrs Martell. 11mo
Cathythoughts @Carolynm 😂oh yes she has ankles & legs & a turn of the hip ... ( I must try the hip turn ... I‘m not even sure what that is 😂 11mo
batsy Oh, fabulous photo and ankles 😘 That cover, too 😍 11mo
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rubyslippersreads Lovely ankles! I hope you‘re also admiring your face in a mirror. 🤣 11mo
quietjenn What a tease! Looking forward to meeting her this weekend 🙂 11mo
Cathythoughts @batsy @rubyslippersreads stop 😂I‘m only having a laugh. It‘s a great cover. It‘s a very amusing book ... & it‘s sad too.. 11mo
Cathythoughts @quietjenn I look forward to your thoughts. I‘m just over half way now 👍🏻 11mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 I love this!! I‘ll be starting this weekend. 11mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Oh good ... look forward to your thoughts on it ! 11mo
Ruthiella I‘ve only just started, but she is quite a character! 11mo
Cathythoughts @Ruthiella Isn‘t she something else !! 👍🏻 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm Hahaha! Are you holding a hand mirror, too? Mrs Martell sounds foxy! I‘ll be starting next week. 😁 11mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm looking forward to your comments .... you‘ve been missing a bit .. miss you ! Look forward to connecting with you soon again ! Take care my friend X 11mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm and yes ! The hand mirror will be out for all of us 🤣 ... it‘s the old fairy tale .. whose the fairest of them all 😁 11mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen I‘m starting this weekend too. 11mo
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