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Milton Place | Elisabeth de Waal
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4⭐️ I fell in love with de Waal‘s writing in this novel that I immediately bought The Exiles Return the moment I finished this one. There‘s something about her writing; she is detailed but she does not reveal too much that the reader is often caught surprised. The revelation is told with poker face; well, at least that‘s how I felt 😅 Thank you #PersephoneClub for recommending this. What an enjoyable read!

Milton Place | Elisabeth de Waal
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#PersephoneClub loving the slow easy pace as we meet Mr. Barlow.

the furniture of his study was , in a manner of speaking , bone of his bone , rigid and fixed in an unalterable pattern, the landscape was breath of his breath. It was alive and full of the endless possibilities of life, just as Mr Barlow, in spite of his seventy-five years , was alive. And life means that nothing is set , nothing is finished, because beyond every end there is alwa

Cathythoughts … because beyond every end there is always another beginning. ♥️ 3d
Cathythoughts @Tamra I missed you in the tags. I have to confess I don‘t know how to copy and paste… so I‘m sorry 😘 3d
Tamra @Cathythoughts can we copy and paste? If so, that would be great! 💙 I hope receive met copy soon. 🤞🏾 3d
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LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @Tamra I figured out that you can only copy and paste usernames when they‘re in the body of a message or the post‘s text. You can‘t copy and paste them when you use the Litsy tag function. Sigh. 😆 3d
Cathythoughts Apologies to any one else I missed in the tagging ! Sorry. I‘ll make a better job of it in the next post 👍🏻❤️ @elkeOriginal (edited) 2d
rubyslippersreads @Tamra @Cathythoughts On my iPad (iOS 15), I take a photo of the list of names. Then I copy and paste that into a blank note in Notes. You have to add @ to most of the names and then paste it into your Litsy post. Still kind of cumbersome, but it‘s the best workaround I‘ve found in an effort not to miss anyone. I assume it would work on iPhone too. 2d
Megabooks I was just thinking about you this morning. How are you doing? How is your grandbaby? 💜💕😘 2d
Cathythoughts @Megabooks Hi Meg 👋🏻 all good thanks for asking. Just coming out the other side of covid 🙄. Getting better now. Grand child is great. Busy days. How are you ? I hope all is well with you 😘 1d
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I have a question for you all. I'm having a kind of reading block. I feel like I've lost my passion and I am not able to get out of it , so I wanted you to tell me what you do when you go through this because I'm so frustrated and I really want to read. When I start a book I barely read 5 pages before losing interest again.

Cazxxx It‘s never happened to me but I was thinking maybe audiobooks? I don‘t know if that‘s helpful or not but certain books on audio engage me more 3d
Lauram Audiobooks, reading a book from a favorite author, and setting a timer and focusing for 30 minutes have helped me. Good luck! 3d
TheKidUpstairs When this happens to me, I either turn to a favourite lighter genre (for me it is either rom com or cozy-ish mystery) OR (because sometimes even that doesn't work) I just give in to it, binge watch something, and know that eventually it will pass. 3d
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Jas16 I tend to reread an old favorite. 3d
Ruthiella Rereading a favorite works for me. 2d
BarbaraBB I always read a thriller or a book from #Persephone publishers, they mostly are so soothing and uplifting! Good luck 🍀 2d
thebacklistbook I take a different approach and accept that reading isn't for me during that time. Instead I will enjoy a movie or crochet/something that keeps my hands and mind occupied. Or you could shake it up and listen to audio for a while/ pick either fiction or non fiction depending on what you are struggling with. 2d
Megabooks Count me on team reading an old favorite! 2d
Megabooks I‘m sorry you‘re having this problem. 2d
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Milton Place | Elisabeth de Waal
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Repost for @LeahBergen

It‘s now October so that means it‘s time for one of our #PersephoneClub reads!

@elkeOriginal ‘s pick for us this month is Milton Place by Elisabeth de Waal. This is a casual buddy read; read and comment on each other‘s posts and reviews as you see them. We usually aim to finish by the middle of the month but that‘s not written in stone. 😉 And anyone is welcome to read along with us, of course!

LeahBergen Thank you for the repost! 👍 4d
Cathythoughts 👍🏻❤️ 4d
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Milton Place | Elisabeth de Waal
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It‘s now October so that means it‘s time for one of our #PersephoneClub reads!

@elkeOriginal ‘s pick for us this month is Milton Place by Elisabeth de Waal. This is a casual buddy read; read and comment on each other‘s posts and reviews as you see them. We usually aim to finish by the middle of the month but that‘s not written in stone. 😉 And anyone is welcome to read along with us, of course!

elkeOriginal It is already on my bedside stack for this month! (edited) 5d
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quietjenn I was just thinking it was time to get it off of the Persephone shelf! 4d
Tamra I‘m in! Thank you for including me! 🥰 (I just ordered, so hoping for speedy delivery. 🤞🏾) (edited) 4d
sisilia Thanks for tagging me @LeahBergen I finished it yesterday, and I loved it! It‘s a gem! 4d
LeahBergen @Liz_M Thanks, Liz! 4d
LeahBergen @quietjenn And I need to get it off my Persephone shelf, too. 😊 4d
LeahBergen @Tamra I hope it doesn‘t take too long to arrive. 🤞 4d
LeahBergen @sisilia Oh, good! Now I‘m looking forward to it even more. 😊 4d
Cathythoughts Thanks Leah ! I have my copy here beside me… I hope to start soon 👍🏻♥️ 4d
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I have a few others to finish off first, too. 😄 4d
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen needs to FIND it on her overflowing Persephone shelf! 😉 3d
CarolynM I‘ve been away from home and hardly had any reading time😞 I‘m going to finish the new Kate Atkinson (it‘s so good🥰) then get started, hopefully very soon. 1d
LeahBergen @CarolynM I hope you‘ve been away enjoying yourself somewhere! I haven‘t started yet, either. I have a few others on the go that I want to finish up first. 😬 1d
CarolynM I was visiting my parents in Adelaide for the first time since Christmas 2020, so good, but not exactly party time😂 We came home via an indirect route and stayed overnight at Lake Tyrrell which made for some more interesting scenery than the usual way. I‘ve never seen the country between Melbourne and Adelaide so green! We wondered whether we‘d taken a wrong turn somewhere😆 22h
LeahBergen @CarolynM 😆 Well, that does sound lovely! 13h
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Someone at a Distance | Dorothy Whipple, Nina Bawden
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The September Raising the Middlebrow Book Club selection on Goodreads. My second Whipple and I rather enjoyed it! I couldn‘t stop myself from some comparison to the play/movie “The Women”. I kept picturing the main character Ellen as Norma Shearer. It‘s a look at a happy family and marriage where infidelity takes place. The ending was unsatisfactory but I might say the same for “The Women” depending where your sympathies lie.

Kimzey Thanks for the review! 2w
LeahBergen Pretty photo! 2w
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Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Thank you! Persephone Books just make it so easy for a pretty photo. I love the greys and the artwork editions! 2w
Jess_Read_This @Kimzey Thank you! ❤️ 2w
quirkyreader I have a preference more towards the grey covers. 1w
elkeOriginal All those Persephones! *swoon* 1w
Gissy I‘m glad you enjoyed it🤗Beautiful photo! 👌I love that cover!😍 1w
Jess_Read_This @Gissy Thank you!! ❤️❤️ 1w
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Milton Place | Elisabeth de Waal
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Loving my current read 🥰

BarbaraBB You can‘t go wrong with Persephone 🤍 2w
sisilia @BarbaraBB That‘s so true! 2w
LeahBergen Oh, good! It‘s our October read for the #PersephoneClub. 😊 2w
sisilia @LeahBergen I know 😆 I took a screenshot of the list of books for Persephone and Furrowed Middlebrow clubs 😅 They all look interesting! I‘m loving Milton Place a lot and am only halfway in. Good picks! 2w
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My four short stories this month come from the Second Persephone book of them.

WWI is often subsumed into the second one, so it was interesting to read about a woman reflecting on death on Armistice Day in the 1930s.

Thunder Shower I didn‘t get. 🤷🏻‍♀️

In The Exile, a niece finds quite a surprise when she travels to visit her uncle‘s grave in China.

Safety Zone was a beautiful four-page story about welcoming Jewish refugees to America.

LeahBergen You‘re REALLY making me want to get to this one soon now! 3w
Megabooks @LeahBergen it‘s fantastic so far!! I‘m excited for the Whipple next month too! 3w
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A seemingly simple story of a family‘s annual holiday to the seaside, wrapped in a melancholy blanket. A novel of expectations - for ourselves and others, & what happens when they aren‘t met. Do we become disillusioned and bitter, or do we resolve to carry on and make the most of it? Highly recommended. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LeahBergen Lovely review! 3w
Ruthiella Love that cover! This is also one of my favorites. Such a gentle story. 3w
MaureenMc @LeahBergen Thank you! 😊 3w
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MaureenMc @Ruthiella Yes, I love this cover. 🥰 3w
Cathythoughts Great review! I really want to read this one 👍🏻♥️ 3w
Cathythoughts And fab pic 💫 3w
MaureenMc @Cathythoughts Thank you! 😊 2w
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Summerlong | Peter S Beagle
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I thought this would be a little more romantic, and it definitely wasn't that. I knew that it was a Persephone story before I read it, so the "twist" wasn't a surprise, but the foreshadowing is cleverly interwoven.
The writing is good, so I recommend it.