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mabell

Joined April 2016

Nothing is more delectable than an English country house murder mystery. 🐶mom ❤️: ☕️🍷🧀❄️ https://graymyrtle.com/book-blog
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Buried for Pleasure by Edmund Crispin
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The Long Farewell by Michael Innes
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Black Sheep | Georgette Heyer
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These are a few choices I found for our #LMPBC #GroupL

If you‘ve read these, or they don‘t appeal, I can definitely pull other selections 😊

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Chrissyreadit I think I would really enjoy Regency Buck, but any of them work for me!!! But, especially Heyer. 6d
LeahBergen Ooo! 👀 6d
julieclair These all look great! 6d
TheAromaofBooks I'm good with any of these!! I have read all of them, but it has been at least five years so I don't remember any of the details so I'm 100% happy with rereading them haha I do remember The Mating Season being one of my favorites. 5d
mabell @Chrissyreadit @julieclair @TheAromaofBooks Great! Let‘s say Regency Buck as the pick. This should be fun! 5d
mabell @LeahBergen Have you read these? All the Heyers are on my TBR 😄 5d
mabell @TheAromaofBooks The Mating Season is my favorite! I thought it would be fun to reread and see what others think along the way 😊 But all the Heyers sounded good too! Do you have many Heyers left that you haven‘t read? 5d
LeahBergen I‘ve only read Black Sheep but own the other three. 😆 5d
TheAromaofBooks I had to pull up Heyer's list of works to see what I have left!! I haven't really read any of her mysteries or non-romance writings, although my sister read a mystery of hers and really enjoyed it, so I'm still planning to check those out as well!! Otherwise, it looks like there are still maybe 10-12 I haven't read yet. And I've yet to find one I wasn't excited to reread as well haha 4d
mabell @LeahBergen I have so many left to read 😄 Black Sheep looked like fun! 3d
mabell @TheAromaofBooks I LOVE her mysteries! They are my comfort rereads 😊 (except Penhallow) I‘m surprised you still have that many left to read! And I‘m glad Chrissy found one you hadn‘t read yet 🤣 I‘m looking forward to all the books chosen! 3d
TheAromaofBooks I know, I think this is going to be a really fun round!!! 3d
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Nothing But Wodehouse | Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
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So exciting - my first time joining the #LMPBC !

@TheAromaofBooks created Group L for “happy fiction” - such as Wodehouse, Heyer, etc. - some of my favorites! 🎉

The tough part will be narrowing down my “possibles” stack 🤣

TheAromaofBooks Same!!! I have soooo many good ones!!! 1w
Chrissyreadit What a great idea!!! 1w
mabell @TheAromaofBooks I‘m so glad you thought of it! 1w
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mabell Yay @Chrissyreadit !! So glad you‘re joining us! 1w
Chrissyreadit Oh- are there a few Heyer books neither of you have read? @TheAromaofBooks @mabell ? I will probably order a book because I think I‘ve read all the ones I have. I have not read any Wodehouse. 1w
mabell @Chrissyreadit There are lots I haven‘t read! But I don‘t think it‘s limited to Heyer or Wodehouse, so if you have others that would be happy 😄 - that‘s fine with me! 1w
Chrissyreadit Ok- but I do love her! Have either of you read Venetia or The Grand Sophie? Just thinking ahead…. 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Chrissyreadit - YAY!! I'm always happy to read with you!!! I think I may have read The Grand Sophy, but definitely back in the mists of time! 😂 And I don't think I've read a single Heyer that I wouldn't be happy to reread, so there's that. I'm planning to choose a Wodehouse and I'm excited to introduce you to him!! His books can be a little madcap but are just so fun and happy. 1w
mabell @Chrissyreadit I haven‘t read either one! (Though I have a lovely copy of The Grand Sophy I‘m looking forward to reading 🥰) 1w
Chrissyreadit @TheAromaofBooks @mabell since both of you have a connection to The Grand Sophy I May order the other one, and hope our 4th person has not read it. But either way I will have a new Heyer. I‘m so glad you introduced me to her Elizabeth. 1w
Chrissyreadit I ordered Frederica too- have either of you read that one? Honestly they all sound so good to me. 1w
mabell @Chrissyreadit No I haven‘t read that one yet 😊 1w
TheAromaofBooks @Chrissyreadit - I have read that one, but it's been several years and I remember thoroughly enjoying it, so I am totally down for a reread!! 1w
Chrissyreadit @TheAromaofBooks have you read Venetia? 1w
TheAromaofBooks @mabell @Chrissyreadit - Woohoo!! We have our fourth member!!! Glad to have you join us @julieclair !!! Here is some of the discussion we've been having about our possible books!! Also, Chrissy, I just realized I never answered your question 😅 I have NOT read Venetia yet!! 1w
Chrissyreadit @julieclair welcome! Have you read Venetia by Heyer? If not that will be my pick. 1w
julieclair @TheAromaofBooks , @mabell , @Chrissyreadit I‘m so excited to join this group! Thanks for pulling me in to this discussion. Believe it or not, I have never read ANY Georgette Heyer books. 🫣 So yes, Venetia is just fine with me. 😀 I have read (and loved) several of Wodehouse‘s Jeeves books, but have never read any of his other works. 1w
julieclair Have y'all read any of these already? Thoughts or preferences? 7d
TheAromaofBooks @julieclair - These all sound fantastic!!! I have read An Accomplished Woman but it has been several years and I quite enjoyed it, although not as much as another novel by Morgan that I keep meaning to reread. I would be happy with any of your choices!! 7d
mabell Great to have you join us @julieclair ! This is going to be a fun group! 😄 I love your choices! I‘ve been wanting to read Diary of a Provincial Lady, so I‘m leaning toward that one. But any you suggested would be perfect! 7d
mabell @Chrissyreadit Venetia sounds good to me! 7d
Chrissyreadit @julieclair I love your choices! And have not read any- I will go with whatever all of you choose. I‘m really looking forward to this ❤️ 7d
julieclair This group will be so much fun! I think I will go with 7d
julieclair It was my first choice, and since @mabell has been wanting to read it and @Chrissyreadit and @TheAromaofBooks have not read it, it was an easy decision! 📗🤔😀 7d
Chrissyreadit 🙌❤️🙌 @julieclair 7d
TheAromaofBooks @julieclair - Sounds fabulous!!! 6d
mabell @julieclair Perfect! 😄 6d
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The Thin Man | Dashiell Hammett
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Stray Rescue (which enriched our lives with Bell and Ted 🐶❤️) is having an art auction.

This is one of the pieces! 😍😍

“Nick, Nora & Asta too”
Artist - Maxine Thirteen

I‘m already afraid I will be outbid! 😭

https://e.givesmart.com/s/:g9XV6bOhFNH/e/qRf/i/

MaureenMc Good luck! 🍀🤞 2w
mabell @MaureenMc Thank you! 🤞 2w
Avanders 🤞🏽🤞🏽🤞🏽 2w
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LeahBergen Ohhhh, my Johnny would love that one! 😆 Here‘s hoping you get it!! 🤞🤞🤞 2w
mabell @Avanders @LeahBergen Isn‘t it terrific?? At least, even if I don‘t win, it‘s supporting a great cause! ❤️ But I hope I win 😆😆 2w
Chrissyreadit Did you win? 7d
mabell @Chrissyreadit I did!! I‘m so excited! It isn‘t available to pick up until the end of the week, so I haven‘t seen it in person yet 6d
Chrissyreadit I bet your house is so much fun! Do you know where you are putting it? 6d
Chrissyreadit I have to send you pics of my garden - I‘m way behind this year and the weeds have overtaken most of it 6d
mabell Not yet! My house is a hot mess 🤣 And my garden sounds like yours! 6d
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1. 👵🕵️🌂🎨🏡🐓

2. I can‘t think of a novel off the top of my head, but I would love a sequel to Bread Toast Crumbs. Beautiful photography, and more important, delicious recipes!

3. Made for a few highly enjoyable lunches! (Tagged in comments)

Thanks @robinb for the tag! ❤️

#wondrouswednesday

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This is a truly “feel good” cozy mystery. A start-over story for Kate, a NY pastry chef, who lands unemployed in a small town in FL. She is reluctantly given a job at The Cookie House (no cookies for sale, just bread!), but she is quickly drawn into the small town family when her new employer is charged with murder. I love the friendship between Kate & Maxi, the flower shop owner next door, and the positive vibe of all the characters. 🥰

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The Grasshopper Trap | Patrick F. McManus
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Quite entertaining 😄 I was intrigued by the title & blurbs: “high class humor” & “immortalizing the ridiculous”, but I was unfamiliar with the book & author. Patrick McManus was a writer of outdoorsy humor & a frequent contributor of pieces to periodicals. This book is a collection of stories about his misadventures - hunting (including grasshoppers), fishing, etc with friends. Fun as bedtime reading, but LOLing isn‘t good for winding down 😆

MaureenMc My brother loves this author. 😊 4w
mabell @MaureenMc I will definitely keep my eye out for others by him! 😄 4w
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Ramona and Her Mother | Beverly Cleary, Alan Tiegreen
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Just found this in a secondhand shop! 🥰 My French isn‘t quite there, but I could muddle through. 😅

I thought of you when I saw it @BennettBookworm - The thing about Tintin is it has more pictures 🤣

MaureenMc 🥰 1mo
BennettBookworm Ahhhh I love this so much!! 😄 1mo
mabell @MaureenMc @BennettBookworm I love the cover, too - It‘s a keeper! (even if unread 😆) 1mo
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Cocktail Time | P. G. Wodehouse
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Billed as “Part 3 of the Jeeves and Wooster Series”, and read by Jonathan Cecil (my favorite!)

It turns out Jeeves & Wooster are not in the story, but still a lot of fun! As is customary in a Wodehouse tale, quite a few characters are in a jam. The fun is seeing how the jam really gets sticky before it is all worked out! The unconventional Lord Freddie Ickenham undertakes to remedy the little problems and bring the sundered hearts together.

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The Art of the Swap | Jen Malone, Kristine Asselin
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Your recipe cards were lovely @BennettBookworm ! The bell pepper and cinnamon rolls drawings are fabulous, and make the recipes even more special! 😊 I haven‘t ever had potato knish, but I‘m already reading Smitten Kitchen‘s post, and I have to try those too!

mabell PS @BennettBookworm I speak a teensy bit of French. I was a Spanish major, but always loved French (it wasn‘t offered in school growing up), so I took a few classes in college. I‘m always trying to learn more and become at least conversational 😊 1mo
LeahBergen These are lovely! 1mo
BennettBookworm Yayyy I‘m so glad you like them! Lol that‘s so cool, I‘m the opposite where I studied French in school and now am trying to learn Spanish! I was predicting the French connection based on all of your Tintin TBR books 😂❤️ 1mo
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mabell @LeahBergen So pretty! These I cannot spill food on while cooking 😆 1mo
mabell @BennettBookworm Ha! That‘s funny! Are you learning Spanish for fun? Do you get to use your French often? Tintin is so much fun! I found I could read the French fairly well with the picture context, so I thought that‘s a perfect way to practice. Plus it‘s the original language, so I could read it untranslated! 😄 1mo
BennettBookworm That‘s awesome! Yeah I‘ve just wanted to learn Spanish for a long time living in NYC, and French I try to use as much as possible 😍 1mo
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Red House Mystery | A A Milne
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Suzanne, I love it all! The book came in cute wrapping with a card. So nice! ❤️ The cover is so cool, and I‘m excited to read AA Milne‘s mystery! The recipes you chose sound so good! Chris (husband and partner-in-food) is particularly looking forward to the cinnamon rolls. 😄 Your cards are gorgeous! They will have their own post!

Thank you so much!

LeahBergen This is a book I‘ve been meaning to read for years. And what a pretty edition! 1mo
BennettBookworm I‘m so overjoyed that you like them!! And this book looked so fun! ❤️ So happy we were partners!! 1mo
mabell @LeahBergen I hadn‘t heard of it until recently! I might just dive right in. 😄 It is a striking cover! 1mo
mabell @BennettBookworm I am too! Thank you so much for hosting! I‘ll keep you posted as I make the recipes! 😊 1mo
BennettBookworm Same here! 🙌🏻👩🏻‍🍳 1mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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The recipes are here! #recipeswap

BennettBookworm Hooray!! 1mo
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1. The next Miss Zukas mystery! I‘m currently reading the tagged, and I‘ve read the previous 5 back to back! They are fabulous! 6 more in the series 😊

2. No need for music - I quickly get immersed in the world created by the book.

#Two4Tuesday

I‘m late on this - but 👋 @Gissy and @Chrissyreadit

Thanks for the tag @RaeLovesToRead

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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My #recipeswap package is on its way!

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Untitled | Unknown
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Chrissy, what a fun surprise! The tea and vinegars sound really interesting (and look so pretty!), and the soap smells perfect for spring! The story on the nonpareil chocolates was very cool, too! And I love grapefruit, so the bath salts are perfect! Thank you so much!

Chrissyreadit Glad you like it. They immediately made me think of you. 😘 2mo
Avanders 😍🥰 2mo
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Murder After Christmas | Rupert Latimer
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Reminds me of a mash-up between a British classic cozy and vaudeville. Miss Marple meets the Marx Brothers? Mystery and misdirection

Quite fun! Knowing the plot and resolution, I plan to reread next Christmas to see how that changes my perception of events. (And how much I remember in 10 months! 😆)

batsy Yes! That does sound fun. 3mo
mabell @batsy Wacky, unconventional, unpredictable characters - I‘m looking forward to reading it again! 3mo
batsy I'm making a note to order this for my December mystery reads 😆 3mo
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Now, we are celebrating #200PnPcovers, and our favorite #soldier has returned! This year, he is joined by Lydia, lovely and glowing, fresh from a #walk! (Poor Ted)

[Unfortunately, we could not get them in the same photo, as Lydia kept attempting to disrobe Wickham. 😆]

Congratulations, Cynthia! I‘m so glad I got to celebrate your 200 party with you! ❤️

LeahBergen I was just recently looking at the previous photo of Wickham from the 100 Covers Challenge and laughing to myself. 🤣🤣 And quit being such a little trollop with the militia, Lydia! 🤣 3mo
LeahBergen Oops! I kept scrolling and just saw your other photo. It was 150 covers! 3mo
mabell @LeahBergen Bella was not excited to reprise her Wickham role - she thought she had seen the last of that costume 😂 “Little trollop” - Oh Ted 🤣🤣 3mo
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CrowCAH Awww they are too adorable!!!😍 Lydia trying to disrobe Wickham; yeah sounds about right 😂 3mo
GondorGirl These photos are adorable! 🥰 3mo
Gissy Lovely photos!🐶🐶❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
MaureenMc 😍 3mo
batsy 😆😆 3mo
mabell @CrowCAH Right?? Too fitting! 😆😆 3mo
mabell @GondorGirl @Gissy @MaureenMc @batsy They‘re good sports! As long as I only try this every 4 years 😆❤️ 3mo
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Four years ago, Wickham came to town to celebrate Cynthia‘s #150PnPcoverparty ! (Poor Bella)

Well…

LeahBergen The contest winner!!! 🤣🤣 I can‘t believe that was four years ago. 😮 3mo
mabell @LeahBergen I know!! It doesn‘t seem like 4 years at all! 3mo
CrowCAH She was the best 😁 What a trooper!!! Yes, four years ago; slooowly the collection grows! 3mo
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Cathythoughts 😂♥️ 3mo
mabell @CrowCAH She was a trooper! 😂 3mo
mabell @Cathythoughts Poor Bella 😆❤️ 3mo
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mabell @Karons1 She was not a fan of the costume! 😂 But treats were involved, so it wasn‘t all bad 😄 3mo
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“Young ladies must guard their reputation at all times; a male relative or servant should accompany you when travelling.

Lady Catherine de Bourgh insists it would be ‘highly improper‘ for Elizabeth Bennet and Maria Lucas to #travel unaccompanied by post: ‘Young women should always be properly guarded and attended, according to their situation in life.‘ Elizabeth reassured her ladyship that her uncle would send a servant for them.”
#200PnPcovers

CrowCAH But that male chaperone could take advantage of lone females! Hopefully not, but it‘s best to be in ones guard. 3mo
mabell @CrowCAH 😬😬 3mo
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“You‘ll begin your day writing letters, or perhaps going shopping before breakfast, which is served about half-past nine or ten o‘clock. Ladies usually breakfast on a dish or cup of fragrant #tea or coffee, chocolate and rolls or toast in the breakfast room, or in front of a roaring fire in the family library; or the servant may bring you breakfast in bed. Gentlemen tuck into heartier fare: eggs, fish and meat.”

#200PnPcovers

BookBabe Love that painting and the quote!! Is the painting from the book cover? 😍 3mo
Gissy That painting is gorgeous 😍👌 3mo
mabell @Gissy @BookBabe Isn‘t it striking? I should have noted the artist. The painting is “Tea and Toast” by Noah Verrier. 3mo
CrowCAH I‘ll take the chocolate! ☺️ 3mo
mabell @CrowCAH Likewise! 3mo
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Using the traditional vows from the Book of Common Prayer (1549), we assume Mr. Bennett took Mrs. Bennett “in #sickness and in health … til death do us part” and it‘s death‘s parting the Bennetts fear. For then, “Mr. Collin‘s may turn you all out … as soon as he pleases”

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CrowCAH And what is to become of all the women?! Mrs. Bennett‘s poor nerves. 3mo
mabell @CrowCAH Oh my yes! 3mo
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Primogeniture has unfortunate consequences for an eldest son‘s siblings. Younger brothers must find themselves a profession: the army or navy, the church, a government sinecure, the law, or if there is no alternative, commerce (not genteel)

In Northanger, you have the rakish Captain Tilney as the elder son and heir, and Henry as the clergyman. Henry is very comfortably placed - the only unfortunate circumstances are his #sibling and father!

CrowCAH It‘s been awhile since I read Northanger. I remember the ambiance of a gothic tale, taking fright by ghosts! 3mo
mabell @CrowCAH Yes, that‘s true! So much fun! 3mo
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“In Emma, Mr Knightley‘s estate manager, William Larkins, is very pleased when lots of apples are sold from Donwell Abbey farm. If you have plenty of land but little spare cash like Mr Knightley, you can dine on luxuries like fresh strawberries from the gardens.

#Rich landowners, like Pride and Prejudice‘s Mr Darcy, have hothouses for growing tender fruits such as grapes, nectarines and peaches.”

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CrowCAH Fresh picked Michigan strawberries warmed by the sun are delicious!!! 3mo
mabell @CrowCAH Same down here! A luxury! 3mo
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My favorite story from this book! And it covers a few prompts 😉

Jane was helping to nurse her brother through a nasty illness when one of his doctors, who also attended the Prince Regent [ruling in place of his #parents] realised that Jane was the author of #Pride and Prejudice. One day he told Jane that the Prince ‘often‘ read her #novels and ‘kept a set in every one of his residences.‘ Accordingly he informed the Prince she was in London. ⬇️

mabell His Royal Highness asked the librarian of Carlton House, James Stanier Clarke, to call on her. Clarke duly appeared the next day and invited Jane to Carlton House, so that he could show her ‘the library and other apartments, and pay her every possible attention.‘ Although Jane disapproved of the Prince Regent‘s immoral lifestyle [in spite of her #prejudice], she felt unable to turn down this high honour [#proposal]. 3mo
mabell During her visit, Clarke declared that the Prince had given her permission to dedicate her next novel (Emma) to him, and upon publication Austen‘s publisher, John Murray, sent the Prince a handsome copy of Emma for his library. #200PnPcovers 3mo
LeahBergen Whenever I open Emma and see that dedication I think how she was “bullied” into it. 😆 3mo
CrowCAH I agree @LeahBergen . But I guess it‘s not bad to have the Prince Regent as a sponsor! 3mo
mabell @LeahBergen @CrowCAH Not exactly a glowing dedication 😆😂 3mo
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#Music is considered an ideal accomplishment for young ladies and Jane Austen‘s brother Henry recalled that when at Chawton, she ‘practised [the pianoforte] daily, chiefly before breakfast.‘”

#200PnPcovers

CrowCAH Wow piano playing before breakfast?! I‘m not always fully functioning before lunch! 😆 3mo
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Jane was quite pleased her books earned #money

“Austen‘s books turned a modest but welcome profit, even though they were published at her own expense. By the summer of 1813 she had received 648 for the copyright of Pride and Prejudice, plus another 660 profit from Sense and Sensibility (which had sold out). … ‘I have now, therefore, written myself into 6a8, which only makes me long for more,‘ she wrote to her brother Frank.

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LeahBergen Love this! 3mo
CrowCAH That was quite the sum for her time. I‘m glad she got to see some reward from her writing in her lifetime!!! 3mo
mabell @LeahBergen I did too! Her comment is great 😄 3mo
mabell @CrowCAH Yes, both financially and with accolades! 3mo
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Mr Darcy‘s cousin Miss de Bourgh is destined to have a ‘very large fortune, and it is believed that she and her cousin will unite the two estates,‘ - according to George Wickham. 🙄

#marriage #200PnPcovers

CrowCAH But she is a sickly creature. Darcy would never tolerate her! Lol 3mo
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The Royal Mail service was overhauled in 1784, when entrepreneur John Palmer‘s plan was adopted of sending #mail by coach, instead of postboys on horseback. … On special occasions such as May Day, or when there‘s important news like Nelson‘s victory at Trafalgar, the mail coaches and horses are festooned with ribbons and decorations.

#200PnPcovers

LeahBergen My little neighbourhood postal van should festoon itself! 😆 3mo
mabell @LeahBergen I agree! Ours lacks a festive “celebratory spirit” too! 😂 3mo
CrowCAH Thanks for the little history lesson! 3mo
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I think Elizabeth is generally laughing at you, not with you. 😆😂

#laughter #200PnPcovers

CrowCAH I totally agree. She laughs more in sport than with the joke. 3mo
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“This book will help you find your feet in Austen‘s England, whether you are a fond parent hoping to launch your sons and daughters into the best society, a young gentleman or lady looking for #love , or a traveller keen to enjoy all the amusements that the towns and countryside have to offer.”

#200PnPcovers

Chrissyreadit I love this cover! 3mo
CrowCAH Looks like a windy place, according to the cover! 3mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit I‘m not sure what is depicted on the cover (but it‘s hilarious) This is a great book! @CrowCAH posted when it was an ebook deal, and I‘m glad I grabbed it! 3mo
Chrissyreadit @mabell of course now I have to stack it! 3mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit It‘s meant to read as a travel guide for the 1800s tourist, which is a clever premise! 3mo
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Traveller Richard Ayton was shocked when he visited the genteel resort of Parkgate, Cheshire in 1813:

Few of both sexes thought it necessary to hide themselves under the awning of bathing machines: posts, with ropes fastened to them, are fixed into the sands, and these were taken possession of by numerous groups of women, six or seven in a row, jumping, ducking, laughing and screaming, evidently as careless of being seen as of being drowned.

mabell Sea-bathing is such fun that you may lose your sense of decorum. (And go into #hysterics !) #200PnPcovers 3mo
CrowCAH So scandalous! 😆 3mo
TheAromaofBooks I appreciate that half these people look like they're drowning 😂 3mo
mabell @CrowCAH Oh my yes! 3mo
mabell @TheAromaofBooks I found this one by googling - it was too perfect 😂 3mo
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“The marriages of minors (people under 21) who wed without their parents‘ consent are not legal, even with a special licence. But Hardwicke‘s Act does not apply to Scotland: there it is legal for people as young as 16 to marry without parental consent.

The village of Gretna Green lies temptingly just over the Scottish border, and it is the first destination of choice for #hundreds of runaway marriages.”

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CrowCAH I can‘t even imagine being married so young! Times are different. 3mo
mabell @CrowCAH You had to grow up quicker then! 3mo
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After our recent cold snap, this spoke to me 😆

On 28 December 1798, Parson Woodforde complained in his diary that it was so cold that: ‘it froze in every part of the House – Milk & Cream tho‘ kept in the Kitchen all froze – Meat like blocks of Wood – It froze in [the] Kitchen even by the fire in a very few Minutes... Even the Meat in our Pantry all froze & also our Bread – I think the Cold was never more severe in my Life‘

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CrowCAH Even in MetroDetroit Michigan we had a cold snap the past week. But it didn‘t freeze that bad!!! 3mo
Cathythoughts Lovely picture 💫 3mo
mabell Thank you @Cathythoughts ! ❤️ 3mo
mabell @CrowCAH Definitely not that bad! Another excerpt talked about having to break the ice in the washbasin - it was below freezing in the bedroom!? 3mo
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“Jane wrote to Cassandra: I have received a very civil note from Mrs Martin, requesting my name as a subscriber to her library... Mrs Martin tells me that her collection is not to consist only of novels, but of every kind of literature, etc. She might have spared this pretension to our family, who are great novel-readers, and not ashamed of being so; but it was necessary, I suppose, to the self-consequence of half her subscribers.”

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mabell Reading is one of the most timeless of #hobbies 4mo
LeahBergen Love this excerpt! 4mo
CrowCAH Yes, a well rounded library has many genres! 3mo
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When Thomas Moore stayed in London for the first time in April 1799, he wrote to his mother: ‘… if I had indulged in going out often… there is scarce a night that I should not be at some female #gossip party, to drink tea, play a little crambo [a rhyming game], and eat a sandwich.‘

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MaureenMc Sounds like a great night out! 😁 4mo
LeahBergen I‘d party with Thomas. 😆 4mo
CrowCAH I‘m isn‘t that why you go to parties to gossip?! Lol 4mo
mabell @MaureenMc @LeahBergen Sounds like my kind of party, too! 😄 4mo
mabell @CrowCAH Absolutely! 🤣 4mo
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I love the #friendship between Jane and Cassandra, as evidenced in their entertaining letters. #200PnPcovers

CrowCAH What great sisters to be completely open and honest with each other! 4mo
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LeahBergen Very cool! 4mo
mabell @LeahBergen “Nudity being all the rage” 😆 4mo
CrowCAH I love patterned socks; they‘re my jam! 🧦 4mo
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‘Henry drove so well – so quietly, – without making any disturbance, without parading to her, or swearing at them [the horses] – so different from the only gentleman-coachman whom it was in her power to compare him with! … To be driven by him, next to being #dancing with him, was certainly the greatest happiness in the world.‘

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CrowCAH He sounds amazing! (It‘s been awhile since I read Northanger, have to add it to the list to re-read) 4mo
sprainedbrain Mr. Tilney 😍 4mo
mabell @CrowCAH Definitely reread soon! I love this one so much ❤️ 4mo
mabell @sprainedbrain My favorite Austen hero! 🥰 4mo
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‘Horsemen and footmen, carriages of every description and every shape, waggons and carts and covered carts, stagecoaches… coaches, chariots, chaises, gigs, buggies, curricles and phaetons; the sound of their wheels ploughing through the wet gravel was as continuous and incessant as the roar of waves on the sea beach.‘

#200PnPcovers #conveyances

mabell [From Letters from England (1807) - Robert Southey‘s clever travel memoir purports to be written by Spaniard ‘Don Manuel Alvarez Espriella‘, so that he can discuss English life as if through a foreigner‘s eyes] 4mo
CrowCAH Phew that‘s a lot of different types of conveyances! 4mo
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The London ‘season‘ is the busiest time of the year for socialites, and the nobility and great county families like Mr Darcy‘s in Pride and Prejudice keep a house in town. The ‘season‘ begins early in the New Year and continues until early summer, when families decamp to their #country retreats or fashionable watering holes.

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(📷 Pemberley aka Lyme Park)

CrowCAH This house is just picturesque! 😍 4mo
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“During the winter months you‘ll often see the city wreathed in thick smoke; it wears a more cheerful aspect in spring and summer.”

#200PnPcovers #city

StayCurious No wonder people who were lucky enough to have country estates were sought after! I‘d marry to escape the city lol 4mo
CrowCAH I would not doubt some sun makes every environ more beautiful! 4mo
mabell @StayCurious I would definitely look forward to the fresh air! 😆 4mo
mabell @CrowCAH Ha so true! 4mo
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“A family with children living on Qc–5,000 p.a. needs 11 female and 13 male servants: ‘A Housekeeper, Cook, Lady‘s Maid, Nurse, two House-maids, Laundry-Maid, Still-room Maid, Nursery-maid, Kitchen-maid, and Scullion, with Butler, Valet, House-Steward, Coachman, two Grooms, one assistant ditto, two Footmen, three Gardeners, and a Labourer.‘”

AlaMich 🤣 4mo
CrowCAH Woah OMG that‘s a lot of staff for a household! 4mo
merelybookish I feel cheated! 4mo
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Chrissyreadit How do I get to live this life style? 4mo
LeahBergen I don‘t have children but clearly I need some staff. 😆 4mo
Gissy And in these days...almost everything is done by a single person...in a smaller house yes, but one single person 🤔 4mo
mabell @AlaMich @CrowCAH @merelybookish @Chrissyreadit It sounds overwhelming 😳 But at the same time, I‘d be willing to give it shot 😆 4mo
mabell @LeahBergen I don‘t know about Johnny, but I could do with at least a couple of nannies for Bell and Ted! 🤣 4mo
mabell @Gissy In this house, we have two people trying to run it. And not well. 😆 All I‘d need is a maid, a cook would be nice, maybe a gardener, oh and a housekeeper. I wouldn‘t be greedy 😄 4mo
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“When Catherine Morland attends her first ball in the Upper Rooms at Bath in Northanger Abbey, the ball-room is so crowded that she can see very little of the dancers except ‘the high feathers of some of the ladies‘.”

#balls #200PnPcovers #PnPCovers

CrowCAH Aye, wear a tall feather in your hat, so people can find you among the crowd! 🪶 4mo
mabell @CrowCAH Ha didn‘t think of it that way! 4mo
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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#200PnPCovers #PnPCovers

Join us next month for a Pride and Prejudice themed March 2022 daily picture challenge!

Any who post daily will receive physical rewards from @CrowCAH in the form of P&P and Jane Austen themed bookish goodies!

We can‘t wait to see your posts!!!

CrowCAH I have a fabulous cohost in @mabell !!! 🥰📚 4mo
CoverToCoverGirl Yippee! 🎉 4mo
LeahBergen I‘m so in! 4mo
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#PnPCovers #200PnPCovers

In March, @CrowCAH will be celebrating reaching 200 books in her P&P collection with a daily challenge!

I am so excited to cohost with her! 🥰

More info coming soon!

wanderinglynn This sounds fun! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Ooooo!!!! 4mo
CrowCAH Thanks for sharing! 🥰 4mo
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mabell @wanderinglynn @TheAromaofBooks This will be a fun month! @CrowCAH is great host! 😄 4mo
LeahBergen Awesome! 👏👏 4mo
mabell @LeahBergen Cynthia is a terrific host, so I know it will be a great month 😊 4mo
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The Book House, Inc | St. Louis, MO (Bookstore)
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New to me cozy series from our nearby indie.

Published in the 60s, these sounded fun! Miss Seeton is a retired art teacher who also investigates. Comparisons to Miss Marple clinched it.

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batsy This sounds fun! 4mo
LeahBergen What @batsy said! 👍 4mo
mabell @batsy @LeahBergen I think so too! I happened to find 1-3, so a perfect place to start 😄 4mo
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My first 10K! A few days ago this trail would have been a scenic dirt path - 10 inches of snow a few days ago made it a beautiful, crazy challenge!

The trail is the Bootlegger‘s Run (due to the history of the area), so the swag was a growler and really delicious Irish Red Ale with honey.

So much fun, but after that, I‘m limiting my activities for the foreseeable future to reading and eating. 🤣

Karisa 👏👏👏 That‘s awesome! 5mo
Chrissyreadit 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌 5mo
LeahBergen Congrats! And I love that growler. 🍻 5mo
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MaureenMc Congratulations! 🎉 5mo
mabell @Karisa @MaureenMc Thank you so much! It was a gorgeous, exhausting time! 😄 5mo
mabell @LeahBergen Thank you! The growler is quite cute 😆 5mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit Thanks, Chrissy! How are you feeling??? 5mo
Chrissyreadit @mabell exhausted. I can‘t function for more than 10 minutes without needing to lie down for a few hours. Have you and Chris been able to not get COVID? 5mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit I‘m so sorry you‘re having to go through that ☹️ We‘re fortunate in that we both work from home, and it‘s just the 2 (well, 4) of us. I‘m sure we‘re also just lucky. I hope your recovery accelerates! 5mo
Gissy Congratulations!! That was amazing!!! With snow, cold?😬🥶That was a challenge! And you did it!💪💪💪🥇 5mo
BiblioLitten Congratulations! 😃🎉 5mo
mabell @BiblioLitten Thank you! It was fun! (Mostly 😆) 5mo
mabell Thanks @Gissy ! The snow was quite a challenge - it was like running in sand! But it was so beautiful, I was lucky! It was really perfect timing! (Though my body is saying otherwise 🤣) How is your swimming training going?? 5mo
Nute Way cool! Congratulations! A challenge and a half considering the weather. You did it!!!🙌🏽 5mo
Gissy @mabell Still a slow swimmer🤷🏽‍♀️I try and try but not much progress here. I l‘m looking for an instructor but I still need to coordinate the day and the time. Today we were doing 2,000 meters in the pool. Of course I was the last one in the group to complete the routine🤦🏽‍♀️ 5mo
mabell Thank you so much @Nute ! ❤️ 5mo
mabell @Gissy Well, way to finish!!! I definitely couldn‘t swim that far - isn‘t that over a mile?! Swimming those distances is very tough! 5mo
Gissy @mabell It is tough for me but you should see those swimmers, they are so fast. At least I‘m doing some exercises. Development (aka aging😆) is saying hello every day, just to not forget about her, so doing these exercises is like a way to welcome her all the time, with open arms😳🤣🤣🤣 5mo
mabell @Gissy Development 🤣🤣🤣 I love how you put it! 4mo
robinb So sorry I‘m late but congratulations to you!! 👏👏👏 Wonderful photo of you! 😘 4mo
mabell Thanks so much @robinb !! ❤️ 4mo
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Me - “So many tantalizing cookie recipes to try”

Also me - “You don‘t have time to make cookies”

Me in response - “Clearly your priorities are all out of whack”

Such a gorgeous book! Excellent photography, great description, and a nice balance of classic and adventurous recipes.

QuietlyLaura There‘s always time for cookies! ☺️🍪 5mo
Chrissyreadit Those do sound fun and adventurous 😍 5mo
BennettBookworm Looks delicious! 5mo
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BiblioLitten 😍 5mo
mabell @QuietlyLaura I agree! Fortunately my better self prevailed 😉 There are definite cookie plans for today! 5mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit @BiblioLitten @BennettBookworm I‘m intrigued by these - They are on my to-make list! In the meantime, I‘m going to try one of the simpler, yet still delicious sounding, recipes. Homemade cookies are the best! 5mo
Chrissyreadit What did you make today? I‘m craving cookies…. 5mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit Well fortunately/unfortunately, I can‘t be a bad influence because the cookie baking had to be postponed. Instead I had to make soup and bread, but on the plus side, we have lemon rice soup and cheese bread! Hopefully tomorrow nothing will transpire to interfere with the cookie plans 😆 5mo
Chrissyreadit Ohhh!!! Can you send me your recipe for lemon rice soup? I had an amazing one at a Mediterranean restaurant and want to find a similar one 5mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit Absolutely! I‘ll send you the link. It isn‘t vegan (eggs, chicken broth), but maybe you could find substitutes? 5mo
mabell @Chrissyreadit I got the link to paste here 😊 5mo
Chrissyreadit I can always find ways to veganize. 😘 thank you! 5mo
CaramelLunacy Those sound so tasty! 5mo
mabell @CaramelLunacy They are still on the to-try list, but we are definitely going to get to those! Next up, we may make the Neapolitan cookies 😄 4mo
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Gisela, what a lovely package! ❤️❤️❤️ I am so excited to read the books you choose (and I absolutely love the covers!) and what a pretty book journal! Such a cool idea for saving thoughts, quotes, etc. from books read. A fun mug for fall with its own matching coaster (I always need coasters!), P&P socks?, and very cool bookends! Bell and Ted totally approve ?? And the most delicious turrón! Thank you so much!

LeahBergen What a gorgeous parcel. I love the bookends! 5mo
Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍🙌😍😍😍 5mo
Gissy I‘m glad you liked it. I thought the bookends were so cute. It took forever but finally it arrives🤗❤️❤️❤️ I gave that turrón to some friends this year and they love it. They said that I need to give them it every Christmas as a tradicional gift☺️ 5mo
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batsy Lovely gifts 😍 Those bookends are fab! 5mo
mabell @LeahBergen @Chrissyreadit @batsy Such a fun package! The bookends are truly unique - and quite fitting for my golden age mysteries 😄 5mo
mabell @Gissy I love everything! I‘ve been meaning to redo my mantel, so I think I will put the bookends there with special books I‘m looking forward to reading ? The turrón is just so good! It really could be a delicious tradition! ? Thank you so much! ❤️ 5mo
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Murder After Christmas | Rupert Latimer
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Why yes, I am still celebrating the holidays 🎄

A Christmas gift (to myself), perfectly suited to enjoy “after Christmas” 😄

Gissy Me too! I have some holiday books for this month☺️ 5mo
mabell @Gissy There‘s too much to fit it all in December! 😆 5mo
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I forgot I didn‘t post this, yet! Thank you so much for the Christmas greetings, Cynthia and Robin! I hope you both had a wonderful holiday! ❤️🎄

robinb 😘Love your 🌲! 5mo
CrowCAH Aww you‘re welcome! It‘s still the Catholic Christmas season, so you‘re not late! 😁 5mo
mabell @robinb Thank you! ❤️ 5mo
mabell @CrowCAH I always extend the season as long as I can! 😄 5mo
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