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#bookmail from today. Now I can join in the #FurrowedMiddlebrow read of the month. Side note: how do you get decent pictures of shiny books like these?

LeahBergen It‘s tricky, isn‘t it?? I‘m glad you‘re joining us for this month‘s #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub read! (edited) 4w
Cathythoughts That‘s great you‘re joining in … I‘ve only read a few pages … looks good 👍🏻❤️ 4w
CarolynM Glad to have you in the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub🙂 I have the same problem with the photos 🙄😆 4w
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Company in the Evening | Ursula Orange
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My current read and the third Ursula Orange novel that I‘ve buddy read with @shawnmooney . This will be our last read by this author unless her other (2?) novels are republished. 😭 What shall we do, Shawn?? 😭


TrishB Beautiful pic ♥️ 2mo
LeahBergen @TrishB Thanks! 😘 2mo
CarolynM I vote we start lobbying Furrowed Middlebrow to publish the other two Ursula Oranges. I'd love to read them. 2mo
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batsy My eyes are drawn to those biscuits 😂 2mo
batsy Although now I've read the synopsis of the book and it sounds so good! 2mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous picture 💫 2mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM I read somewhere that the other two are a bit weaker and the three they republished are her best … but I still want to read them! 2mo
LeahBergen @batsy Both the book and the biscuits are pretty tasty! 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Thanks! 😘 2mo
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Apricot Sky | RUBY. FERGUSON
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Well, it‘s #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub time again!

I just plucked this one from my “oldies” shelves and I‘ll be starting it this evening. Feel free to join in and we‘ll aim to start chatting about it around the middle of the month, shall we say?

@erzascarletbookgasm @rubyslippersreads @quietjenn @CarolynM @Cathythoughts @Ruthiella @batsy and @Tamra , too!


Ruthiella What a beautiful edition ! 😍 I read the first sentence yesterday, but got no further. This is a holiday weekend coming up in the States, however, so I‘ll hopefully really get started soon! (edited) 3mo
batsy Oh, Leah. Your collection of lovely editions is pure joy 😍 3mo
Tamra Love it! 3mo
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Leftcoastzen Look at those beauties! 3mo
quietjenn So pretty 🤩 3mo
Centique That is GORGEOUS 😍 3mo
rubyslippersreads I have that edition of 3mo
Cathythoughts What a lovely copy 💫… & yes , sounds like a plan 👍🏻 3mo
emilyhaldi 😍😍😍 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely edition 😊 And your collection..😍such beauties till my tears can‘t be stopped 😭 3mo
vivastory I hope you had a great weekend! Go ahead & post the #NYRB nominations when you are able to 3mo
LeahBergen @vivastory Thanks, Scott! I‘ll post this afternoon when I get home. 3mo
vivastory Sounds good 🙂 3mo
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Miss Plum and Miss Penny | Dorothy Evelyn Smith
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I joined the #furrowedmiddlebrowclub for my first read & am smitten 😁 Based on the title & how it started off, I expected a somewhat dark tale of #spinsterlit but this bloomed into quite a different story. The characters were flawed & real; they felt alive, very much as people are. There were no sudden reveals, but everything felt emotionally true. I took great comfort in the descriptions of a quiet but not quite idyllic 1950s English village.

erzascarletbookgasm Wonderful review 👍 6mo
reading_rainbow I love that cover 💛💛! 6mo
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Cathythoughts Great review! No sudden reveals 👍🏻 Welcome aboard 😘 6mo
Ruthiella So glad you are now in the group! I also liked how this book kept subverting my expectations. 😀 6mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks, Jessie! 6mo
batsy @reading_rainbow Me too! These editions have pretty covers 💕 6mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @Ruthiella Thank you :) I definitely want to read more of her books! 6mo
LeahBergen Aww, lovely review. You‘ve summed up exactly what I love so much about this series of books. And you MUST read this other book by this author (republished recently in the British Library Women Writers series) ... you‘ll love it. 6mo
batsy @LeahBergen Thank you! And yes, O, the Brave Music is sitting on my shelf and it's because @rubyslippersreads said good things about it 🙂 So glad to hear that you liked it, too! 6mo
LeahBergen Yes! I have her (and Simon Thomas) to thank for leading me to it. 😊 @rubyslippersreads 6mo
quietjenn @batsy so happy that you‘ll be joining us. Like @LeahBergen said, you‘ve really encapsulated why this type of book has become my go-to. Not sure I made the connection that she‘s the author of O, the Brave Music, which is sitting on my Kindle ... 6mo
rubyslippersreads @batsy @LeahBergen @quietjenn I‘m thinking of rereading OTBM because, as I remember, it‘s quite different. I‘m so happy that publishers are reissuing these vintage titles. 😊 6mo
leah152 What's the #furrowedmiddlebrowclub? Sounds like something my Dad should join lol! 😊🤣 6mo
Cathythoughts @batsy @LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I think I‘ll get O The Brave Music ... 👍🏻 I‘m only looking for suggestions cause I havnt a clue about these authors...so far I‘ve really enjoyed all our books 6mo
batsy @quietjenn This book was such a balm. I loved that it opened with Alison not wanting to get out of bed and throughout it just had characters wanting to take to bed because they felt under the weather or were tired... Such a simple luxury 😆 6mo
quietjenn @rubyslippersreads yes! I am all about the reprints and they make me so happy. I mark it on my calendar when #furrowedmiddlebrow has a release day 🤣 6mo
kspenmoll This sounds good! 6mo
batsy @kspenmoll A satisfying, comforting read :) 6mo
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Table Two | Marjorie Wilenski
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Since @batsy has officially “joined the club” I thought we‘d better add her to our selection rotation. 😉

Forgive my handwritten laziness and not making a nicer graphic. I already had this list written out for myself after @Ruthiella so wisely took the bull by the horns and organized us. 😆


BarbaraBB Love your handwriting and this wonderful group! 6mo
rubyslippersreads Thanks for posting this. 😊 6mo
quietjenn Such organization! You've inspired me to start a spreadsheet 🤣 6mo
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Ruthiella Excellent! Thank you. 😊 6mo
Cathythoughts Well done 👍🏻Thankyou X 6mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Feel free to jump in and read along with us at any time when one of our picks catches your fancy. 😘 6mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn Ooo, a spreadsheet! 😍😆😆 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👍❤️ thank you 6mo
batsy So exciting! Thank you 💜 6mo
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen Thanks, I will 🤍 6mo
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Miss Plum and Miss Penny | Dorothy Evelyn Smith
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As part of the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub , I enjoyed this novel. It could have gone darker, but didn‘t. Miss Penny does a stranger a good deed by saving her life and then can‘t get her out of her life or her spare room.

Set in 1950s Yorkshire, it has a lot of the markers I‘ve come to expect from this imprint...light humor & romance & very much Britain at a certain place and time.

Now the question is what‘s our pick for July? You‘re up Jenn. 😀

LeahBergen Oops! Just posted my review, too, and asked the same question. 😆😆 6mo
LeahBergen And yes! I kept thinking it just *might* go darker all along the way and was a bit surprised when it didn‘t. 6mo
CarolynM I thought it might get dark when we discovered Miss Plum had been snooping, but it just wasn't that sort of book and I liked that about it🙂 6mo
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Ruthiella @LeahBergen @quietjenn No pressure Jenn! 😆 6mo
quietjenn It‘s a nice sort of pressure 😉 As you‘ve probably seen on Leah‘s post, I think I‘ve settled on Table Two if that works for everyone? 6mo
Ruthiella @quietjenn Excellent! I‘ll order a copy. 👍 6mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM I agree. I was glad it didn‘t dipped too far over that edge. I wanted something charming and gentle to read. 6mo
CarolynM @quietjenn Fine with me. Are we still looking at reading in July? 6mo
quietjenn @CarolynM yes! This month seemed to go well, so maybe we could aim for the same in July - try to read and start discussion around the 15th? 6mo
Cathythoughts Lovely relaxing picture👌🏻 Looking forward to July‘s pic 😁 6mo
batsy I expected it to go darker, too! Interesting that this book didn't seem predictable at all :) 6mo
batsy @quietjenn I've succumbed to the #furrowedmiddlebrow charm and July gives me plenty of time to order the book 😁 Looking forward to it! 6mo
quietjenn @batsy ? at least you were warned going in! Happy to have you "officially" one of us! 6mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM That‘s the point where I thought it might go darker, too! 6mo
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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 👍🏻❤️ 9mo
Cathythoughts I wouldn‘t know what to recommend... I must investigate. There seem to be a lot of these books & more coming soon 👍🏻❤️ 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm She sure is quite a character! I‘m almost at the end...got to where she got what she wanted 🙄. 9mo
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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? 🤔 9mo
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. 👍 9mo
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 9mo
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) 9mo
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) 9mo
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) 9mo
quietjenn This was a very solid Just Desserts sort of ending, which I found awfully satisfying! 9mo
Cathythoughts Will you pick the next one @rubyslippersreads ? Would that be ok ❤️ 9mo
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. 9mo
rubyslippersreads @Cathythoughts Oh my goodness, the pressure. 🤣 I‘ve had this one on my TBR list for awhile 9mo
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! 😃 9mo
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 9mo
Cathythoughts @Ruthiella sounds perfect 👍🏻 I‘m off to order my copy of Miss Plum & Miss Penny 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 9mo
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 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm Alright! I‘ll go order our next read! The rotation plan is perfect. 👌 @Ruthiella @rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @quietjenn @CarolynM 9mo
CarolynM Miss Plum and Miss Penny it is! Thanks 😘 @rubyslippersreads And thanks for the schedule 😘 @Ruthiella (edited) 9mo
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The Late Mrs. Prioleau | Monica Tindall
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Well, we found out all about Mrs Prioleau, and about Austin, in the end, didn't we? My problem was that I was more interested in Susan and Norrie. An enjoyable read, nonetheless. #FurrowedMiddlebrow

LeahBergen Susan sort of got short shrift at the halfway point, didn‘t she? I liked Norrie‘s character, as well (and as sad as her life was, that Mrs Prioleau had it coming 😆). 9mo
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The Late Mrs. Prioleau | Monica Tindall
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I'm enjoying this #FurrowedMiddlebrow read, but about a third of the way in, I'm wondering where it is going.

catebutler I just started this, tonight. So far, I‘m really enjoying it. Like you, interested to see where it goes. 9mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM @catebutler It‘s a bit odd, isn‘t it? I‘m still reading (but may finish yet tonight). 9mo
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The Late Mrs. Prioleau | Monica Tindall
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I just started this one for a buddy read with my dear chum, @shawnmooney . The author was the sister-in-law of Ursula Orange (one of my favourite #FurrowedMiddlebrow authors) and that makes her the aunt of the novelist and historian, Gillian Tindall. Got that? 😉

And sorry, #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub - I‘m not forsaking you! I had promised Shawn last year to read this with him. Feel free to join me if you own it! 😊😊

quietjenn I don't think I have this one, but it sounds fascinating! Will look forward to your thoughts. 9mo
MsMelissa All these books I need to try! Sigh. Maybe when I retire 😂 9mo
Tamra I like the blurb - stacked! 9mo
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BarbaraBB What a gorgeous edition 😍 9mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good too ! Enjoy Leah ❤️ stacking 9mo
CarolynM I just might do that🙂 9mo
batsy This sounds really good! 9mo
catebutler Just pulled this from my shelves, would love to join in for future reads, I love these editions. ♥️ 9mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn I‘m really enjoying it! 9mo
LeahBergen @MsMelissa Sigh is right! 😆 9mo
LeahBergen @Tamra I‘m liking it so far! 9mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB It‘s a cool cover, isn‘t it? 9mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I think you‘ll like it! 9mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM 👏🏻👏🏻 9mo
LeahBergen @batsy I‘m really enjoying it! 9mo
LeahBergen @catebutler I‘ll tag you when our little group starts another one. 😊 9mo
Tamra @LeahBergen yay! I purchased the Kindle edition since it isn‘t in my library system. 9mo
rubyslippersreads I just bought the Kindle version. 😊 9mo
rubyslippersreads And #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub, I just saw that nine new titles are coming out in June! 😄 (edited) 9mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I saw that, too! And all Scottish. 💙 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 💙 9mo
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