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text 2017-08-02 14:06
Chawton: Jane Austen's Home
Jane Austen's Hampshire - Terry Townsend
Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics) - Vivien Jones,Tony Tanner,Claire Lamont,Jane Austen
Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
Persuasion - Jane Austen,Gillian Beer
Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen,Marilyn Butler,Claire Lamont
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
Emma - Jane Austen,Fiona Stafford
Teenage Writings (Oxford World's Classics) - Kathryn Sutherland,Freya Johnston,Jane Austen
Lady Susan - Harriet Walter,Carole Boyd,Kim Hicks,Jane Austen
Sanditon: Jane Austen's Last Novel Completed - Marie Dobbs,Anne Telscombe,Jane Austen

... during the last 8 years of her life, during which she wrote all of her major novels (and saw four of them published during her lifetime: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma).


The dining room, with Jane's writing table tucked away in a corner next to the window.

Jane's bedroom (also the room where most of her family said goodbye to her before she died).

A replica of the blue dress and bonnet that Jane is wearing in the portrait sketched of her by her sister Cassandra.

A quilt handmade by Jane, her sister Cassandra and their mother, and a muslin shawl embroidered by Jane.


And last but not least ...

The museum's resident cat! :D




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review 2016-12-25 00:01
Inner City Blues
Inner City Blues (Stafford Brothers series Book 6) - Chicki Brown,Karen McCollum Rodgers

Title: Inner City Blues
Author: Chicki Brown
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Inner City Blues" by Chicki Brown

My Thoughts....

This last [6] book of this series "Inner City Blues" of the Stafford's was indeed another good read featuring Dr. Jesse Stafford [a twin] and his wife Cydney [Cyd]. It was simply a wonderful well written story that really brings out what all is going on in this family. Between Jessie being a busy oncologist and his wife being a stay at home home...this family keep plenty busy. What will happen when Jesse is arrested and things started happening due to him aiding a family member of his wife? The story really picks up that will involve his wife too. Now, I don't want to spoil it other than saying you will have to get this novel in order to know what all is going on with Jessie and Cydney. I liked how this author brought in the 'current news headlines' of just what has gone on in this city of Atlanta. I thought that was beautifully done! This Stafford family [all of the characters]...from mom, dad, the six brothers and their wife's along with all of their children will give the reader one excellent storyline that will keep your attention to the very end. I will not only recommend this novel but all six of the series to learn about each of these Stafford brothers [Jesse, Nick, Marcus. Vic, Greg & Charles] and a lot more of this interesting family!

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review 2016-10-04 21:26
My Bonny Heart (Pirate's Progeny Book 1) - Synclair Stafford

For a star rating and a full review please visit InD'tale Magazine online, October 2016 issue. http://indtale.com/reviews/historical/my-bonny-heart-pirates-progeny-1

Source: www.indtale.com
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review 2016-08-01 00:00
Made to Be Broken (Nadia Stafford, Book 2)
Made to Be Broken (Nadia Stafford, Book 2) - Kelley Armstrong I really like Jack. I might be biased, though. I have a weakness for fictional older men.


(Kelley Armstrong writes the best male characters!)

Anyway... *sigh*, about the book...

Great plot! Definitely much better than the first one.


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review 2016-06-04 15:30
Emma & Emma
Emma - Jane Austen,Fiona Stafford

I wasn't sure how to rate this.  Overall I liked it, but not much more than that I think, hence the three stars.  It just felt long, although based on my ereader, it didn't actually take much longer to read than I'd expect a book of this length to take.  I guess I just wasn't enthralled.


I think my main problem with it wasn't the main character, Emma Woodhouse, although she does start out as fairly spoiled (I kept reminding myself that she was only twenty-one), but rather that there are several tiresome talkative characters in the novel, and Austen didn't skimp on illustrating their tiresomeness.  It's well done, I'd say, just a bit long to read.  That coupled with Emma's lack of siblings meant that there just didn't seem to be as many engaging sequences of dialogue.  Austen does a lot of dialogue.


There was one event that seemed out of place in an Austen novel (in my update I suggested it was more like Brontë):

At one point, Harriet is accosted in the lane by gypsy children, and faints dead away once she gets to Hartfield with Frank Churchill's assistance.

(spoiler show)


Emma can't have been all bad, though, because by the end I'll admit I was rooting for her.


I'm going to count this one my first 20 books of summer (1/20) and as my Romance bingo square (post to follow).


Originally I wanted to read this book because the book's title was the name of a kitty I lost about two and a half years ago to illness.  I thought I'd share some photos here in her memory.




It was always so hard to take pictures of a (mostly) black cat!  I had to include the last one because she had a weird habit of sitting there with her tongue sticking out.  She also had a crazy-loud purr.

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