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erzascarletbookgasm
Ten Way Street | Susan Scarlett
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oOoo…these cover reveals by Dean Street Press look delectable! Probably @LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads have read some of these, or even own them in other editions?
Tagging the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub gang..

Cathythoughts Oh lovely covers 👌🏻 3d
Ruthiella Love these! 😍 3d
batsy I want them all 😍 3d
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LeahBergen I own a few that were republished by Greyladies but I‘m so glad I can get the rest of them now! 3d
rubyslippersreads I‘m with @batsy ! I want them all! 😍 3d
Kimzey Yay! 😍 3d
quietjenn Very excited about these! 2d
elkeOriginal Ooo - these are particularly good covers! 2d
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elkeOriginal
The Lark | E. Nesbit
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This was a fun #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub read about 2 plucky girls making their way after WWI with lots of good luck and plenty of good intentions. The writing was witty, the characters all likable, overall a very uplifting read. I enjoyed especially when Lucilla had to take on a Jane attitude when Jane was down. Turnabout was well done.
The ending was a tad abrupt and I will note my issues with that last chapter in the comments with a spoiler tag…

elkeOriginal 1. WTF was that with the guardian Arthur Penton maskerading as Mr Tombs and kissing Lucilla?!?! 7d
Ruthiella I think he might have fallen for her! And she for him. A little icky but not uncommon for the era. Remember that John Rochester is also 10 years older than Jane. 7d
Ruthiella Beautiful photo! 😍 7d
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elkeOriginal And why was Jane all of a sudden all weird & Bible-y calling her ‘seeing‘ John in the woods as witchcraft and ‘wrong‘. That seemed out of left field. I thought she was putting him off the whole time in order to keep on with her adventures and make her own way. I thought these were her reasons for being against marrying not some odd notion about being / acting like a witch as a child? 7d
elkeOriginal @Ruthiella I don‘t doubt they seem to have honestly fallen for each other - I think it was a strange move for him to return like that. I am not as bothered by the possible age difference as the history of him ruining their inheritance and then sneaking into their lives… (edited) 7d
LeahBergen Great review! I assumed that John‘s arrival into her life freaked her out a bit as she didn‘t realize that he was actually in the woods that night and not a conjured apparition. She seemed appeased by his explanation. 7d
quietjenn @elkeOriginal I can imagine how it might throw you for a bit of a loop, if a person you thought that you had imagined or conjured up actually appeared in real life. Also, I love your vase! 7d
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review and photo! 💗 6d
erzascarletbookgasm I knew there was something fishy about Mr Tombs and his blue glasses but never guessed it was the guardian! I found it odd too that he should turn up but looks like he had a good heart after all. 6d
elkeOriginal @erzascarletbookgasm On that point: the plot description made it sound like he was a crook and stole their money, but it seems more like he just made bad investments and felt bad. 6d
Cathythoughts Great review & picture ❤️ 6d
CarolynM Lovely review ❤️ 3d
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erzascarletbookgasm
The Lark | E. Nesbit
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Thoroughly enjoyable! I love the two girls‘ enthusiasm and determination (and naivety) to make things work even though they may not have the best business sense. Wonderful dialogue and amusing too. They really had a lark. 👍

@batsy Lovely choice for this month‘s #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub pick, and thank you for gifting me this book years ago. (Finally read this after all these years!😂😘).

Ruthiella Their business sense was wanting at times but aside from that first set of PGs, they seemed to have a good people sense-even if some of said people were criminals... 😂 1w
Cathythoughts Great review Jessie! I‘m still reading , a bit behind this month. 1w
CarolynM Lovely review❤ Yes, they were certainly naive, but I think that was part of the charm. 1w
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batsy It's the best when we can finally get around to the books we meant to read 😁 True @CarolynM the naivete was part of the charm, and also the optimism in the sense that it always ended well—a bit of a fantasy that we all need to cling to these days! 1w
LeahBergen Great review! And yes, I thought the dialogue was so witty (and charming, too)! 1w
erzascarletbookgasm @Ruthiella yes, or even the intolerable Mrs Dadd 😂 7d
erzascarletbookgasm Hi, Cathy hope you‘re keeping well💕. Enjoy the book! @Cathythoughts 7d
erzascarletbookgasm @CarolynM @batsy @LeahBergen thanks ❤️. There was a bit of a fantasy/fairy tale to it, wasn‘t it…there were quite a few surprises but luck was always on their side. 7d
Kimzey Wonderful review! 7d
Tamra Yes, it was a lark to read! 😄 7d
quietjenn There were so many witty lines! Such a feel good book. 7d
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LeahBergen
The English Air | D.E. Stevenson
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Our July read (and @catebutler ‘s pick for us) is The English Air by DE Stevenson. Our September read ( @elkeOriginal ‘s pick) will be A House in the Country by Ruth Adam. I can hardly wait!

Here is our new rotation of picking and voting. I added our two newest members on to the end (I hope that‘s okay with you all?). Please excuse the handwritten post: my PicCollage was glitching. 😆

#FurrowedMiddlebrowClub

elkeOriginal What a handsome group! 1w
Kimzey @LeahBergen I believe this is the first commitment on my calendar for 2024! 🎉🥳📕📗 1w
Cathythoughts Thanks Leah , you‘re great! All the way to 2024 … we are going places 👍🏻❤️ 1w
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Ruthiella Thanks for keeping us organized Leah! 😃 1w
batsy Thank you, Leah 💜 It's so nice to see a list planned going into 2024...the little things to look forward to! 1w
batsy I just realised that's your notepaper—how lovely 😍 1w
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal Aren‘t we though? 😆 1w
LeahBergen @Kimzey And mine, as well! 😆😆 I couldn‘t quite believe it when I was writing it out. 1w
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Just imagine all the books we will have read by then! 😄 1w
LeahBergen @Ruthiella No problem at all! 😘 1w
LeahBergen @batsy I like to look forward to these things, too! And the notepapers does look like little middlebrow ladies, doesn‘t it? 😆 1w
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen Imagine all the books we will BUY by then! And that DSP will newly publish! 1w
CarolynM Thank you Leah😘 @elkeOriginal I am eyeing off the Susan Scarlett (AKA Noel Strreatfeild) titles they're bringing out later this year. 1w
erzascarletbookgasm ❤️ wonderful 👏 Exciting times! 1w
erzascarletbookgasm @CarolynM I saw the cover reveal of three of them so far, they look awesome! Coming out in August I think. I‘m looking forward to see them being added to our pool of choices. @LeahBergen 1w
Tamra Thanks for tagging me! Off to download! 1w
rubyslippersreads I‘m glad my turn to pick comes after all those Susan Scarletts come out! 1w
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen @batsy Adorable little middlebrow ladies. 😍 1w
batsy @rubyslippersreads I know, right? I was looking at their tweets about those books and adding it to my wishlist 😆 1w
LeahBergen @CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm @rubyslippersreads @batsy The covers for the new Susan Scarletts are AMAZING! I own a couple of them already, republished in paperback by Greyladies, and I‘m trying to convince myself that I don‘t need these prettier editions. 😆 1w
LeahBergen @Tamra 👏👏 1w
willaful Yes! There were already a few of her adult books reprinted and the covers are just so blah, like they're saying these books can't possibly be interested to anyone nowadays. FM's covers state firmly, yes we are! 1w
LeahBergen @willaful That‘s so true! These new covers will really garner some new attention for her books. 1w
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Kimzey
The Lark | E. Nesbit
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An incantation in the woods on St. John‘s Eve sets the stage for a series of adventures and happy coincidences as cousins Jane and Lucilla make their way in the world after being left in reduced financial circumstances by an unscrupulous guardian. The optimism, humorous mishaps and memorable characters made this an enjoyable tale. I‘m looking forward to reading more selections with the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub .

Ruthiella Great review and glad to have you on board! 😃 Also very appropriate to have the book surrounded by flowers in your photo. 🌺 (edited) 1w
Kimzey @Ruthiella Thanks! I can tell I‘m going to enjoy the ride. 😊 1w
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CarolynM Lovely photo and review. Glad to have you on board🙂 1w
Kimzey @CarolynM Thank you! 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Great photo and lovely review. I‘m just halfway through, enjoying it very much! 👍 1w
LeahBergen Ahhh, lovely review! It‘s so great to have you reading with us. ❤️ 1w
batsy That was a lovely scene, wasn't it? Beautiful photo 🌸🌷 1w
Centique I love that photo! You summed the book up perfectly too. It was so enjoyable ☺️ 1w
quietjenn Nice review. Happy to have you along! 🙂 1w
Tamra I hadn‘t expected all the humor. You summed it up perfectly! 🌺🌼🌸🌹 1w
Cathythoughts Great review!♥️ 1w
rubyslippersreads Lovely photo! So glad you‘re joining us. 😊 1w
elkeOriginal ‘Happy coincidences‘ is the perfect phrase for this book! 1w
Kimzey @elkeOriginal Thanks! Glad we agree! 1w
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catebutler
The English Air | D.E. Stevenson
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Dear #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub readers,
Here are the choices for July 2022. I went with a summery/holiday theme. 🕶☀️The English Air is one of the latest FM recent releases, I adore Stevenson and her writing, so I‘m sure this won‘t disappoint. And, Seaview House sounds perfect with a family hotel, a peaceful setting and a dash of romance. It‘s also been on my FM TBR for ages! I‘ve linked the synopsis for SH below in the comments.

Ruthiella Both seem perfect picks for the summer. I‘ll vote for the D.E. Stevenson title. 1w
Kimzey The English Air would be my choice, but both sound good. 1w
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batsy I've had my eye on both! My vote is for 1w
LeahBergen I love DE Stevenson but I‘ve yet to read any Elizabeth Fair, so my pick goes to 1w
LeahBergen Oh, and the way we‘ve been doing our voting is to have the core group of members vote on the options that the other members offer up. We all get our chance to propose reads in sequential order. I think it makes it easier and quicker for tallying votes! I see other people voting here (which is very welcome, of course, and anyone can read along with us!). If you would like to “join” 😆 the group, just let me know and I‘ll add you to our rotation. 1w
LeahBergen @EvieBee and @Kimzey This message ☝️ is for you as I see you are both avid Middlebrowsers, too. 😆😆 Let me know if you‘d like to be added to the rotation. 1w
CarolynM Since I have a copy thanks to @LeahBergen I'll vote for 1w
quietjenn I love both authors! My vote is for 1w
Kimzey @LeahBergen I‘ve only been in on the last two selections, but plan to keep going. Feel free to assign me a month and I‘ll check what‘s been read previously and come up with two new choices. 📗📕 1w
elkeOriginal I love DES and have not yet read this one so my choice is 1w
LeahBergen @Kimzey Great! We‘ve finished our first rotation and will be starting from the first person again, so I‘ll tack you on to the end. Is that okay? 1w
Kimzey @LeahBergen Sure, that works! Thanks! (edited) 1w
rubyslippersreads I own this one, so I pick 1w
Cathythoughts … I‘m off to order both 😃 , but I‘ll vote for 1w
Jess_Read_This Count me in! I‘m happy reading either one! 1w
LeahBergen The votes are all in and it looks like The English Air has won! As I said on @elkeOriginal ‘s book choice post, I‘ll write out our new rotation for picks and make a post. @erzascarletbookgasm @rubyslippersreads @quietjenn @CarolynM @Cathythoughts @Ruthiella @batsy @Kimzey @Jess_Read_This 1w
CarolynM @LeahBergen 👍 Thanks again. 1w
LeahBergen @CarolynM 😘😘 1w
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rubyslippersreads
The Lark | E. Nesbit
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Reading these three in May with #PemberLittens #FurrowedMiddleBrowClub
#ChildrensClassicRead2022

I adored the tagged book. It was like a #FurrowedMiddlebrow fairy tale.

I‘m behind on Jane Austen at Home (a lovely gift from @slightlyfoxed ) and “Scraps,” but hope to catch up soon. ⬇️

LeahBergen Wasn‘t it? 🥰🥰 1w
Ruthiella I‘m also reading the Austen bio! 👍 1w
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TheBookHippie Oh I love E Nesbit. 1w
quietjenn What a cozy collection. I'm really enjoying the Austen bio and I 💜 The Lark. 1w
batsy It really was! I'm also in the midst of the Austen bio and enjoying it. 1w
Cathythoughts Lovely 💫💫💫 1w
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elkeOriginal
The House Opposite | Connie Willis, BARBARA. NOBLE
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Hello #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub -
Your Sept group reading decision is the choice between 2 houses: The House Opposite by Barbara Noble which is a novel of life during the Blitz with various interesting-sounding folk and A House in the Country by Ruth Adam about post-war life of a group who decide to adjust to peace time together in a country manor house they find available to rent.
I will link to the Ruth Adam book description in the comments!

elkeOriginal I think @LeahBergen and I agree it was confusing to find we own both the Ruth Adam House in the Country as well as a Persephone by the same title but different author. I know I personally was just confused when I found they were different books! 🤦🏼‍♀️ (edited) 2w
Ruthiella My vote is for A House in the Country. 😃 2w
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rubyslippersreads I vote for A House in the Country. 2w
LeahBergen Ooo, good choices! And I think I will opt to read one of my two identically titled books 😆 and vote for 1w
CarolynM They both sound good, I think I'll order both straight away. I'm going to vote for 1w
LeahBergen @CarolynM The House Opposite is one of the few I don‘t own. I‘ll be ordering it, too. 🤣 1w
quietjenn I have read A House in the Country, so vote for 1w
batsy Oooh! I had a hard time deciding but since I'm forever in the mood for rural retreats in fiction, I'll vote for 1w
erzascarletbookgasm eeny, meeny, miny, moe 1w
rubyslippersreads For anyone who gets Hoopla through their library, both of these books, as well as many other FM titles, are available to borrow. 😊 1w
Kimzey One of my Goodreads friends really loved The House Opposite, so that‘s my choice. 1w
Jess_Read_This I‘m in! Can you remind me closer to September?? You know I‘ll need it! 🥴 1w
LeahBergen All have voted now and it looks like A House in the Country has won! I‘ve been making lists (yes, I‘m THAT person 😆) so I‘ll post our updated choosing rotation. I think we had mentioned that this month was the end of our rotation; we now have two new members, so I‘ll add them to our list! Is that okay with everyone? @erzascarletbookgasm @rubyslippersreads @quietjenn @CarolynM @Cathythoughts @Ruthiella @batsy @catebutler 1w
Kimzey @LeahBergen Thanks! 1w
CarolynM @LeahBergen Absolutely ok with me 🙂 Thanks Leah😘 1w
Ruthiella Great! Two new members! 🥳🥳🥳 1w
quietjenn Sounds good - thanks! 1w
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen May list makers rule the earth! 🙌🏻 1w
elkeOriginal @erzascarletbookgasm @quietjenn @CarolynM @LeahBergen @Kimzey @Cathythoughts The voting was close so let me know if you want to buddyread House Opposite or just throw it back into a poll down the road! I personally could not choose and want to read both 🤦🏼‍♀️ 1w
Kimzey @elkeOriginal I‘m fine with letting it go back into the pool to be offered up again later. I did add it to my Litsy stack, so there‘s a chance I might read it before it‘s an official choice. But, I have a rather large and unrealistic TBR list, so I never know what will actually rise to the top. 1w
elkeOriginal @Kimzey I agree about the TBR! 1w
batsy @elkeOriginal I'm fine with it going back into the poll later, too! I would love to read every one of these FM books and it'll be fun to do this in a group as long as we're able to 😊 1w
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal I‘m assuming that a bunch of our “almost wons” will go back into our pool and get picked again, especially if people offer up what they already own. I‘ll need to read them ALL, obviously. 🤣 1w
CarolynM I'm for sending it back to the pool. I'm sure someone will propose it again soon🙂 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Yup, back into the pool. For now I need to purchase our July and September books 👌 1w
quietjenn Yes, back to the pool and wouldn't be at all surprised to see it again 😏 1w
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Tamra
Farm Journal's Country Cookbook | Nell Beaubien Nichols
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My daughter has declared lime & lemon icebox pies a summer tradition. ☀️🕶 Works for me, even if we‘ve started a tad early.

LeahBergen I want a piece! 2w
Nutmegnc Yum!! 2w
TheBookHippie Yummmmm 2w
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GingerAntics That looks good!!! 2w
SW-T That looks yummy! A tradition I support! 😂 2w
Bookwormjillk That looks amazing! 2w
Hooked_on_books Your daughter is clearly deeply intelligent. That looks incredible! 😋 2w
ShelleyBooksie Yum. How does one make this? 2w
Tamra @ShelleyBooksie I made the Graham cracker crust from the tagged book and the filling recipe is from the back of a lemon juice concentrate bottle! I‘ve made it from real lemons as well, it‘s so stinking easy! If you Google lemon icebox pie you‘ll find many recipes, including no bake ones. (edited) 2w
Tamra @LeahBergen I wish we could have a slice over a #furrowedmiddlebrowclub book discussion! 😃 2w
Tamra @Hooked_on_books I‘ll tell her. 😆 No doubt she‘ll concur. 2w
Tamra @Nutmegnc @TheBookHippie @GingerAntics @SW-T @Bookwormjillk the great thing is it only takes a tiny slice to satisfy. I don‘t have much of a sweet tooth, but I make an exception for citrus. 😋 2w
GingerAntics @Tamra I know how you feel. The sweet/tart balance of citrus always seems to work. 2w
Nutmegnc @Tamra Welp. I gotta have the citrus. I‘m going to have to make one now. #notabaker #idontcareigottahaveit 1w
britt_brooke Yum! 1w
kspenmoll Oh it looks delicious! 1w
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Ruthiella
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! 🌺❤️ 2w
Ruthiella @Tamra Thanks! It‘s tough trying to take a nice picture of a black and white kindle screen! 😂 2w
LeahBergen Wonderful review! And the girls would love those flowers for their shop. 😆 2w
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erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review. 💜 2w
Ruthiella @LeahBergen They would indeed! 😂 2w
CarolynM Lovely photo and review 💕 2w
batsy Great review. And I agree with Leah, these flowers would have definitely got them excited 😁 2w
Tamra @Ruthiella I know! 😆 These editions are so reasonable on Kindle I can‘t bypass them for paper. 2w
Ruthiella @CarolynM Thanks! 😊 2w
Ruthiella @batsy For the sequel, surely they have Mr. Dix build a greenhouse for tropical flowers like bougainvillea! 2w
quietjenn What apt imagery for this one! The girls would definitely approve. 2w
Ruthiella @quietjenn I‘m glad you like it. I have few flowering plants in my yard but luckily the bougainvillea is blooming. 2w
Kimzey Enjoyed the review! 1w
Ruthiella @Kimzey Thanks! Are you reading it too? 1w
Kimzey @Ruthiella Yes, I just finished. I‘m about to post a review also. 1w
Ruthiella @Kimzey Excellent! 👍 1w
Cathythoughts Beautiful picture ♥️ and review ♥️ (edited) 1w
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy! 😊 1w
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