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Cluny Brown
Cluny Brown: A Novel | Margery Sharp
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An unconventional parlor maid upends the lives of an aristocratic family in New York Timesbestselling author Margery Sharps delightful comedy of manners set in England before the onset of World War II Cluny Brown has committed an unforgivable sin: She refuses to know her place. Last week, she took herself to tea at the Ritz. Then she spent almost an entire day in bed eating oranges. To teach her discipline, her uncle, a plumber who has raised the orphaned Cluny since she was a baby, sends her into service to be a parlor maid at one of Englands stately manor houses. At Friars Carmel in Devonshire, Cluny meets her employers: Sir Henry, the quintessential country squire, and Lady Carmel, who oversees the management of her home with unruffled calm. Their son, Andrew, newly returned from abroad with a Polish migr writer friend, is certain that the world is once again on the brink of war. Then theres Andrews beautiful fiance and the priggish pharmacist. While everyone around her struggles to keep pace with a rapidly changing world, Cluny continues to be Cluny, transforming the lives of those around her with her infectious zest for life.
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Tamra
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Cluny Brown! 😄 Definitely a woman finding her own place in a changing world.

The end was unexpected!

Tamra I‘m not sure I like Belinski. 🤔 2w
Cathythoughts What an ending ! 2w
Dragon I remember I first encountered the word “snood” in this book 📚 💚🐉 2w
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Tamra
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Back in my happy place again! Glorious! 🤓

Life is still conspiring against reading in long stretches though.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🦉 ❤️ 2w
Dragon Love 💕 this book ! 💚🐉 2w
LeahBergen Enjoy! 🥰 2w
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ShelleyBooksie Love the owl 2w
batsy Lovely! 2w
Cathythoughts Looks lovely 🥰 enjoy ( I‘m not getting the long reading spaces either .. 2w
Tamra @ShelleyBooksie she‘s cute! 2w
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Tamra
Cluny Brown: A Novel | Margery Sharp
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I‘m sneaking in some fun reading! Woot! I‘m currently sitting amidst a deafening trampoline park, but I‘m so happy to be dipping into this I don‘t care. 😁

Cathythoughts Woooohoooo🥳 enjoy x 3w
CarolynM Lovely book. Enjoy. 3w
LeahBergen I hope you like it as much as I did! 3w
Tamra @LeahBergen @CarolynM loving it! 😍 3w
DivineDiana Here‘s to some fun reading! 👏🏻👍🏻👏🏻 3w
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Tamra
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Book mail! Because a little Litsy bird said I should. 😉

LeahBergen Yay!! This will be just the ticket for when you need something light and silly. 😄 1mo
Tamra @LeahBergen definitely need it in the lineup now! 😅 I‘ll read a few pages tonight. Yay! I‘m feeling a bit guilty though for not getting back to Four Gardens, but I know I will soon. 1mo
Dragon Love this book 💚🐉 1mo
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LeahBergen Four Gardens is nice and mellow and lovely. Cluny Brown is a bit more fun and frothy. 😆 1mo
Cathythoughts Exciting 😍 I hope you love it as much as I did 😁 1mo
CarolynM You'll love it😀 1mo
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Cathythoughts
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The story of Cluny Brown , a young woman who is dying to experience life. She is sent into service in the countryside.. and so the tale unfolds. The turn of events is heartwarming and surprising. Thanks Leah , I stayed up a bit late last night to see how it all turned out. 👍❤️ I loved it ! Great characters and Margery Sharp wrote with such great insight into human nature.

batsy Lovely photo 🧡 2mo
Cathythoughts @batsy Thankyou X 2mo
CarolynM 😍💖 2mo
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DivineDiana This was made into a delightful movie in 1946 starring Charles Boyer and Jennifer Jones. I love watching the classics on TCM. 2mo
Cathythoughts @CarolynM 👍🏻❤️❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts @DivineDiana Oh I‘d say that would be brilliant! I must keep an eye out for it 👍🏻💫 2mo
Tamra Can‘t wait to read! 😁 2mo
LeahBergen I‘m glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. Wasn‘t that Cluny a character? 😆 2mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen She was some character.. unique 👍❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra I‘d say it will be a perfect ‘ time out‘ book during your studies 👍❤️ (edited) 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts well, then that is all the encouragement I need to buy it now! 😜 2mo
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Cathythoughts
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You often hear this … ‘married twenty-six years and never a hard word‘

‘Never a cross word between them ‘ … 🤔 I‘m always a little sceptical of this kind of talk. Come on !! Or maybe I‘m more of a crank 😂

TrishB That‘s my thoughts! One of my sisters always says we never argue (her and her hubby!) and it really gets me 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ (edited) 2mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB I know , my mother used to say that about some couples … never a cross word !! I just don‘t believe it 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
Susanita My dad‘s second wife told me they “never” argued, but they got divorced anyway. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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Tamra Bah! I‘ve understood that means there isn‘t any real communication going on. 😏 2mo
merelybookish Well any couples counselor would say disagreement is normal and healthy. 😉 Also who doesn't get irritated by their partner?! 😆 2mo
LeahBergen Ha! Not in THIS house. Cross words are good for the soul. 😆 2mo
Ruthiella Can‘t speak to the never a hard word but look at you reading more Margery Sharp! 👍 2mo
charl08 Was watching a recent news story about a couple who had been married 70 years and they claimed to never have had an argument. Hmmm 🤔 2mo
Cathythoughts @Susanita @Tamra @merelybookish @LeahBergen I think you need a good storm to clear the air 👍 2mo
Cathythoughts @Ruthiella Yes more Margery… so enjoyable 🥰 2mo
Cathythoughts @charl08 Yes ! Hmmmmm 🤔 👍👍👍 2mo
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Cathythoughts
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#WeeklyForecast
I‘m in a mood where I don‘t know what I want to read next… but the tagged book is decided upon for today . Coffee and chocolate to get me going first 👍

Happy reading week all 👍❤️
Hi Cindy 👋

squirrelbrain Mmmm chocolate! The book sounds good too…. Have a great week! 2mo
Centique What a pretty photo! 2mo
andrew61 Perfect start to the day. 2mo
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TrishB Looks good to me ♥️ 2mo
LeahBergen I hope you love Cluny! 🤞 2mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks! I‘m enjoying it … and my matching dotey library card 🥰 2mo
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EvieBee
Cluny Brown: A Novel | Margery Sharp
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Found the tagged book in this cute #LFL on my walk this morning!
#littlefreelibrary

Soubhiville That‘s so cute! 11mo
LeahBergen What a cute LFL! And I loved Cluny Brown. ❤️ 11mo
CarolynM So cute! And Cluny Brown is a great find🙌🙂 11mo
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EvieBee @Soubhiville Right? People are so creative! 11mo
EvieBee @LeahBergen @CarolynM I‘m so pumped to read that! 11mo
DivineDiana I love this! ❤️ 11mo
EvieBee @DivineDiana It‘s so cute! Almost missed it. 11mo
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CarolynM
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I've been a bit out of sorts and only reading a few pages a day so this book has taken me ages to finish. But that is no reflection on how much I enjoyed the story. Perennial fish-out-of-water Cluny is a beguiling character and the story is delightfully romantic as well as comic. Many thanks @LeahBergen for such a lovely gift.
#Doublespin

JennyM I was just thinking of you and hope you are ok. I‘ve missed you this week. Sending hugs 😘 (edited) 1y
Ruthiella I‘ve heard wonderful things about this book. Hope things are better with you now and that you‘ll be back in the reading groove soon. 😀 1y
LeeRHarry Hope things look brighter for you soon Carolyn 😘🤗 (edited) 1y
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CarolynM @JennyM @Ruthiella Thanks, lovelies 😘😘 There's nothing wrong really, just, you know, end of the summer holidays blues. All will be well🙂 1y
CarolynM @LeeRHarry Thanks Lee😘 1y
Tanisha_A All the love! ❤️ 1y
Cathythoughts Book looks good. 👍🏻 I hope you feel better ...I know that feeling when nothings really wrong ... but a bit of the blues. . thinking of you & sending warmest regards XXX 1y
batsy Looks like a lovely book to help beat the blues.... Hope you're feeling a bit brighter 🌻 1y
TrishB Hope today is better ♥️ that roller coaster of pandemic emotions! 1y
LeahBergen Oh, you‘re welcome! And I‘ve been in a bit of funk myself for the last little while and not reading as much as usual. Blah! 😐 1y
CarolynM @Tanisha_A @Cathythoughts @batsy @TrishB Thank you all for your good wishes😘😘😘😘 1y
CarolynM @LeahBergen I almost never watch TV during the day but I spent nearly all of Friday watching old BBC murder mysteries 😳😏 It must have been what I needed to get me back in the game🙂 1y
Rissreads Sending you hugs and 🌈, we all have these weeks! 😘 1y
CarolynM @Rissreads Thanks Nerissa😘 1y
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CarolynM
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1. Just started the tagged book, a gift from my lovely friend @LeahBergen
2. None. I rarely borrow books, I need to own them.
3. Imaginary Friends; A Reliable Wife; Lost For Words 😂😂😂

Thanks for the tag @Eggs
Want to do this one @Cathythoughts @TrishB ?

#WondrousWednesday

LeahBergen Yay! I hope you like it. And I completely agree with your answer to question # 2. 😂 1y
Eggs Great answers❣️ thanks for joining in 👏🏻🤗📚 1y
TrishB Thank you 😘 I also agree with number 2!! 1y
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CarolynM @LeahBergen @TrishB Let's remind ourselves how lucky we are to be able to indulge ourselves this way 1y
LeahBergen @CarolynM @TrishB So true! 🙌🏻 1y
TrishB @CarolynM @LeahBergen yes definitely. I used libraries all the time until my late 20s, which coincides with me getting a good job and being able to buy books! 1y
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LeahBergen
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Cluny Brown “doesn‘t know her place”. When she is presumptuous enough to take herself to tea at the Ritz, her uncle thinks “enough is enough” and sends her to be parlour maid at a country estate in Devon.

Cluny‘s unbending enthusiasm and joie de vivre works its magic on every member of the aristocratic family she serves (and several of their guests, as well)! Highly recommended.

Thanks for the tag, @mklong ! #LitFortuneCookie

mklong Great choice! 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Sounds lovely! 2y
KVanRead Sounds lovely and as usual you have such pretty editions 💕 Thanks for playing! 2y
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LeahBergen @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @KVanRead Lovely is the right word for it. 👌🏼 2y
tenar The film version of this is one of my favorites, and I‘m planning to finally read the book soon. What a darling copy you have! 2y
rubyslippersreads Lovely edition! 😍 2y
TrishB Happy birthday 🎉🎉🥂🥂 2y
Tanisha_A Happy happy birthday, Leah! 🎂🎈🎉📚 2y
BarbaraBB It‘s your birthday 🎉 Make it a happy one with lots of books and booze 🍸 ❤️ 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Happy birthday! 🥳 Hope you‘re having a lovely day! 🎂🍷📚 2y
saresmoore Happy birthday, dear one! You deserve all the peace and happiness life can afford. Wishing you a lovely day! 🥰 2y
batsy Happy birthday! Wishing you all of the good things today ❤️🎂🎈🥂📚 2y
LeahBergen @tenar I‘m going to have to watch the film some day! 😊 2y
LeahBergen @TrishB Thank you! 😘 2y
LeahBergen @Tanisha_A Thank you! ❤️ 2y
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Thank you - I did! 😆 2y
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! 😘 2y
LeahBergen @saresmoore Aww, thanks so much! 😘 2y
LeahBergen @batsy Thank you! 😘😘 2y
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LeahBergen
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I‘m about 75 pages into this quirky little 1944 novel and absolutely in LOVE.

💗💗💗

Avanders I feel like I‘ve been stack-adding all your books lately! 2y
BarbaraBB I am already hoping you will read The Nutmeg Tree afterwards. The title is intriguing 😜 2y
quietjenn I can't remember much about this one note, except that I very much enjoyed it (and the Nutmeg Tree - must get back to reading Sharp!) 2y
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rubyslippersreads I adore this book (and Margery Sharp in general). 😊 2y
LeahBergen @Avanders 😆😆 You must be feeling the need for an oldie! This one is definitely worth checking out. 2y
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB 😆😆 I need that one! I‘m actually currently looking for a nice old copy. 😆 2y
LeahBergen @quietjenn I‘m loving it! 2y
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I know you do! ❤️ I need to hunt down a few more. Have you read A Foolish Gentlewoman? 2y
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen I read it years ago. Might be time for a reread. 😊 2y
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Sarah83
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What do you do, if you don't want to stick in your business? You do everything so you don't stick in your business.. Cluny is a nice girl, but she doesn't know, where she belongs. She visits the Ritz alone, she visits men alone... After the final fauxpas her uncle sends her away, so she has to work... Does this help? Well 😂😂😂😂
It was a nice read. 😊👍 #netgalley

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Sarah83
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I won't have much time for #fridaysreads today, since we visit a concert tonight.

Having a little break at work now with the tagged book ( another book from Netgalley) and a piece of cheesecake 😍

Buechersuechtling Enjoy your evening. 🎤🎹🎷🎶 3y
Sarah83 @Buechersuechtling Thank you. Still a bit unsure about it... 😑 3y
rubyslippersreads ❤️ Margery Sharp! 3y
Sarah83 @rubyslippersreads she is so wonderful 😍 3y
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Dragon
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Listened to this fun audiobook today. I have loved Cluny Brown since I read it for the first time as a young teen. Cluny Brown doesn‘t know her place her Uncle the plumber is scandalized that she went to The Ritz for tea. The only thing to be done is to send Cluny into good service in Devonshire. Old fashioned but still Sharp and funny. I enjoyed listening to this one.

rubyslippersreads ❤️❤️❤️ Margery Sharp! 4y
Dragon Thanks @rubyslippersreads totally agree 👍😀🐉 4y
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Dragon
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Finished a reread of a favourite #romantsy from my childhood. Set in 1938 , Cluny Brown is being held firmly in her “place” by her Uncle Arn , stalwart working man. When Cluny makes the mistake of taking tea at the Ritz and unplugging a bachelor ‘s sink, she is sent to Devon to become a tall parlour maid. Cluny still doesn‘t know her “place”. Downton Abbey meets PG Wodehouse sort of 👍🐉😀 . Went to see Antman. So fun!

KateFulfordAuthor Nice review, thanks 4y
Dragon Thanks @KateFulfordAuthor 😀🐉 4y
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LondElle89
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Although I thought Margery Sharp's writing was lovely, I was not entirely sold on the story. I think what threw me off was the title. Cluny Brown is a main character, but she's not in every chapter. It's a quirky and, often, funny book, but it was just o.k.

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quietjenn
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Finished The Nutmeg Tree by the same author and immediately started this one. So very charming.

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