Thursday, 6 March 2014

Feature and Follow Friday #18

Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme that allows book bloggers to interact with each other and find new blogs! It has two hosts, Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The rules are... 

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This week's question is...

Recommend some of your favorite back-list books - books that are at least a few years old (I’m thinking 5-10 years old rather than classics) 

Terri's answer...

This book was published on June 1st 2008 and is one of my all time favorite books.  It was my first read by Kate Morton and I have since read every book that she has published.  It stuck with me for a long time after reading it.  I am sitting here trying to describe why I loved it so much and I have realised that it has been so long that I need to read it again...and I never re-read books.  In the age of digital books this is one that I have sitting on my bookshelf and will never be donated to a book fair. Here is the synopsis...

A foundling, an old book of dark fairy tales, a secret garden, an aristocratic family, a love denied, and a mystery. The Forgotten Garden is a captivating, atmospheric and compulsively readable story of the past, secrets, family and memory from the international best-selling author Kate Morton.

Cassandra is lost, alone and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident ten years ago, feels like she has lost everything dear to her. But an unexpected and mysterious bequest from Nell turns Cassandra's life upside down and ends up challenging everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.

Inheriting a book of dark and intriguing fairytales written by Eliza Makepeace - the Victorian authoress who disappeared mysteriously in the early twentieth century - Cassandra takes her courage in both hands to follow in the footsteps of Nell on a quest to find out the truth about their history, their family and their past; little knowing that in the process, she will also discover a new life for herself.

Kristine's answer...

This book was published in April of 2001. It is one of my favorite love stories of all times. If you don't like to read hitorical fiction then this is not the book for you but if you do (as I do) you will probably love it. It is a very long book but so worth it for the story of Tatiana and Alexander. I devoured it! Here is the synopsis...

 The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler's armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.

Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana--and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander's impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects--a secret as devastating as the war itself--as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.

If you end up reading either of these two books we would love to hear what you think of them. If you have already read them, did you like them?


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  1. I've seen Kate Morton on more than one list already. I guess I should check out her books. Great list! Happy Friday! :D
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  2. This is the second time I've seen The Forgotten Garden pop up today! I think I'll have to throw it on the TBR list!

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  3. I haven't read the books on your list yet. This is the second time I've seen The Forgotten Garden mentioned in this hop though. Happy Friday!
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  4. You know, I've heard so much about The Bronze Horseman over the past week in a random event sort of way, so I really need to put that on my TBR. And I'm so surprised at how much The Forgotten Garden is popping up on these lists! I mean I love it, I was just surprised at how many other people have read it! It's awesome :)

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  5. The Bronze Horseman sounds really interesting even though I'm not usually into historical fiction. Maybe I'll give it a try.

    The Forgotten Garden sounds like something like something right up my alley :D

    Great list this week!

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  6. Haven't read either of these yet but a friend is constantly raving about "the amazing" The Forgotten Garden. One day :)
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  7. Can't see the first one and it's not really ringing any bells. The second is totally new to me too!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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  8. I love it when a book captures you so much that you have to immediately run out and read everything the author has ever written. That's my favorite kind of book.

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    Jessica @ Tales Between the Pages

  9. I've never heard of either of these books. Thanks for sharing them! New Bloglovin' follower :)
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  10. I love your blog name it's super cute! Thanks for the book recommendations. I will be checking them out. I am a new follower with Bloglovin'!

    Kristalyn @ The Sarcastic Palmtree
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  11. Not heard of either of those, but The Forgotten Garden sounds really good. :) Old follower.


  12. Didn't read them yet, but do know Kate Morton. And I also do read historical fiction and enjoy a good love story. So those def sound like books I should try. New follower here.
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  13. I haven't read either of these but they look good :)

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  14. I have The Forgotten Garden on one of my booksheves, somewhere..... it's been there for a while so I should get round to reading it!

    Thea @ Gizzimomo's Book Shelf

  15. I just started F&F I am so excited to meet other bloggers! I wanted to drop by and say hi, subscribe, and see what book you picked. I have never read The Forgotten Garden I need to put it on my TBR =)

  16. I have not read those. I will have to check these out. Thanks!

    Jessi (The Book Cove)
    I have not read those. Will check out to see what tneyre about. Thanks!

    Jessi (The Book Cove)

  17. I haven't had the chance to read those yet but they look really good! I'll have to check them out :)

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  18. What a great list! I've actually heard The Bronze Horseman pop on several booktuber's channel, so I'd definitely have to get around to this book. Also, I think this is my second time seeing The Forgotten Garden on another blog too.

    New GFC follower. :)