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The Lark | E. Nesbit
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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! 🌺❤️ 13h
Ruthiella @Tamra Thanks! It‘s tough trying to take a nice picture of a black and white kindle screen! 😂 13h
LeahBergen Wonderful review! And the girls would love those flowers for their shop. 😆 13h
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erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review. 💜 12h
Ruthiella @LeahBergen They would indeed! 😂 12h
CarolynM Lovely photo and review 💕 10h
batsy Great review. And I agree with Leah, these flowers would have definitely got them excited 😁 8h
Tamra @Ruthiella I know! 😆 These editions are so reasonable on Kindle I can‘t bypass them for paper. 4h
Ruthiella @CarolynM Thanks! 😊 3h
Ruthiella @batsy For the sequel, surely they have Mr. Dix build a greenhouse for tropical flowers like bougainvillea! 3h
quietjenn What apt imagery for this one! The girls would definitely approve. 2h
Ruthiella @quietjenn I‘m glad you like it. I have few flowering plants in my yard but luckily the bougainvillea is blooming. 58m
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The Lark | E. Nesbit
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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” 😉 21h
catebutler I‘ll put together my options and post ASAP! 🤗 21h
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LeahBergen @catebutler I‘m excited! 👏👏 20h
CarolynM Thanks for this Leah. Can‘t wait to see what @catebutler and @elkeOriginal choose. 19h
Ruthiella Thanks for putting this together Leah and keeping us organized! 😃 18h
Tamra Thank you for including me! (edited) 18h
quietjenn Thanks for keeping the records, so to speak! Looking forward to seeing what @catebutler and @elkeOriginal come up with for us! 18h
LeahBergen @CarolynM @Ruthiella @quietjenn No problem at all. I love this little group of ours! 😊 13h
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)! 😘 13h
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for keeping track Leah! ❤️ 12h
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm No problem, Jessie! 😘 12h
batsy Thank you for putting this list together; it's nice to see the three books you read before I joined 😊 8h
LeahBergen @batsy You‘re welcome! And it gives us a sense of accomplishment, doesn‘t it? 😆 15m
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The Lark | E. Nesbit
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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! 😊 1d
Ruthiella Great review! It was a frothy delight! With an undercurrent of reality as @CarolynM pointed out elsewhere. 1d
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batsy @Tamra I like that it kind of wove those elements into the story without sacrificing characterisation 🙂 1d
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. 1d
LeahBergen Lovely review! And yes, I too appreciated the light touch with the fairy tale aspect of the plot. 24h
quietjenn Perfectly said (and oh how lovely your accompanying treats look!). 18h
CarolynM Lovely review💕 9h
batsy @LeahBergen Thank you! Once again this group read delivers the kind of comfort read I needed 🥰 8h
batsy @quietjenn @CarolynM Thank you! 😘😘 8h
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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. 1d
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. 1d
LeahBergen A perfect review! Your notion of a children‘s summer holiday story is spot on. 👌 (edited) 1d
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Tamra Indeed the humor was delightful. 😄 1d
quietjenn Hear, hear! As characters, those high spirits and generous natures really do make the story sing. 18h
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. 8h
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The Lark | E. Nesbit
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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 🌞 2d
Tamra @batsy it was! Nice anecdote to adulting. 😁 2d
LeahBergen Wasn‘t it a charmer? 😊 2d
Tamra @LeahBergen completely! 😄 2d
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I have a book to finish for my IRL book club, plus I need to catch up on my #PemberLittens and #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub reads.

The Lark | E. Nesbit
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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!” 😂 3d
Tamra @CarolynM and $$! 😝 We lived in a 100+ year old house for 16 years and thank goodness it was small. 3d
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Hi, all. I'm looking for a way to get out of my reading slump. Too many distractions these days. I thought joining a buddy read would be fun. I know about #buddyread, #pemberlittens, #furrowedmiddlebrowclub, and #sundaybuddyreads. I plan to check these out. Any suggestions for others? I don't care for rom-coms, science fiction or short stories. Other than that, I'm pretty open.

Thank you!

CarolynM I must have missed this when you posted it, sorry. As well as #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub I‘m also in the #WhartonBuddyRead (reading Edith Wharton in chronological order - I think we‘ve done 5 or 6 so plenty more to go) and the #PersephoneClub group (reading books from the Persephone catalogue) You‘d be very welcome in any of those groups🙂 Hope you find something to get you out of the slump💕 (edited) 1d
Sparklemn @carolynm I love Persephone books. I have about 20 of them and always happy to buy more in the catalogue. I'll check it out. Thank you!! 14h
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The Lark | E. Nesbit
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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! 1w
Tamra @LeahBergen yes! I love the narrator commentary. 1w
LeahBergen @Tamra I do, too! 1w
Cathythoughts Love it 😁.. I must get back to it tonight 🤞🏻 1w
batsy It's so good! 1w
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