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The English Air
The English Air | D.E. Stevenson
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"We must be very nice to him," said Mrs. Braithwaite, looking up at her daughter with large blue eyes. "Nice to him!" echoed Miss Braithwaite in some surprise. "Well, of course we'll be nice to him. I mean, why shouldn't we?" It's the spring of 1938, the threat of war looms across England, and widowed, slightly dizzy Sophie Braithwaite and her daughter Wynne await the arrival of a distant cousin, Franz von Heiden-from Nazi Germany no less. Franz turns out to be a stiff, formal young man whose father (unbeknownst to the Braithwaites) is a personal advisor to Hitler and has sent Franz to observe English attitudes, but they do indeed welcome him nicely. Soon nicknamed Frank, his defenses are broken down by the kindness, informality, and humour of his cousins-particularly the charming Wynne. But when the dreaded war breaks out and Franz returns to Germany, Wynne must wait in suspense to learn his fate. First published in 1940, in the early days of World War II, The English Air is one of D.E. Stevenson's best works-by turns atmospheric and entertaining, poignant and funny, tense and romantic. This new edition includes letters-never previously published-between D.E. Stevenson and her publishers, which provide a striking glimpse of the historic moment at which the novel was first written and published. Also included here is an autobiographical sketch by the author. "Miss Stevenson has her own individual and charming way of seeing things." Western Mail
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Jess_Read_This
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It edged into “pick” territory for me because I couldn‘t put it down as I had to know what happens with the Braithwaites and Franz‘s story. But (as others pointed out in the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub) the propaganda and slight preachy tones diminished my enjoyment of it. But there was a country house, lovely summer days, and nature scenic writing. I wish she‘d written a prequel on Dane and Hartley‘s time together in the service!

batsy Nicely put! The summer atmosphere, the country house ... Those bits were so nice. 4mo
Kimzey Glad to see you enjoyed it. I may finish it yet! My summer got very complicated due to an ongoing family medical crisis, so I‘d put it aside, since the other reviews were lukewarm. 4mo
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Kimzey Also, love the woven mat. What is the cool glass object to the left of the book? 4mo
Jess_Read_This @Kimzey I hope things settle down for you and your family. If you are able to get back to it, looking forward to your thoughts on it! Thanks for liking my placemat! The glass object is a vintage glass buoy. I started collecting various ones after I found a few on a trip to Maine. This one is from Oregon- I guess they wash up on shore from Japanese fishing boats pre 1960/70s. I love the various colors and shapes! Some have stamps too. (edited) 4mo
Tamra Yes, I loved the same things about it! 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Agree! If only it‘s not so ‘preachy‘ I would have enjoyed it more. Nice review! 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Kimzey I hope things get better for you and your family soon. 💗 4mo
Ruthiella Great review! 😀 Dane certainly would have been an interesting character to explore more from! He and Hartley must have had some interesting adventures for sure! 4mo
Kimzey @Jess_Read_This Thanks for letting me know about the fishing buoys. I live inland, so have not come across those. It‘s always so interesting to learn what people collect. Love that your interest started with found objects and developed from there. 4mo
Kimzey @Jess_Read_This @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for the good wishes. Too much to go into here, but my Mom is doing better and we‘re all adjusting to the changes needed to care for her. ❤️ 4mo
LeahBergen Yes, I felt much the same. But give me a country house setting and I‘m easy to please. 😆😆 4mo
CarolynM Great review. I was hoping for a bit more about Dane too. I love those terribly British spy capers. 4mo
CarolynM @Kimzey Hope things continue to improve for you all💕 4mo
Cathythoughts @Kimzey I hope all is getting better for you ♥️ 4mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I enjoyed the romances ♥️ 4mo
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Tamra
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Like @batsy I didn‘t fall in love with this novel. I enjoyed the English countryside and house, and even the characters, but it felt too transparent (dare I say preachy?) in its anti-war & hate message. I give it a pass for being a novel of its time.

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batsy Nice review! Yes, the atmosphere was a treat; those bits felt like good holiday escapism 🙂 4mo
Tamra @batsy perfect way to describe it! 😁 4mo
Cathythoughts Great review ♥️👏🏻 4mo
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Ruthiella I‘m glad I‘m not alone in not loving this one! 4mo
LeahBergen I was a tad disappointed in it, as well. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
quietjenn Definitely not the winner I have come to expect from Stevenson, but glad most seen willing to give her another go. 4mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts thank you! 😊 4mo
Tamra @Ruthiella we‘re in good company. 😉 4mo
Tamra @LeahBergen I was really engaged until about 2/3 in and then I began drifting away. (edited) 4mo
Tamra @quietjenn I actually really enjoyed all other aspects of the writing so I am totally game for another! 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Well said 👍 4mo
Jess_Read_This Well put review. I felt similarly that it was treading towards a bit of preachiness. I thought her Young Mrs Savage also was a bit preachy at times too. But Mrs Tim Christie is a favorite of mine and doesn‘t read that way. And Miss Buncle‘s Book is a hoot! (edited) 4mo
Tamra @Jess_Read_This thank you - stacked! 4mo
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batsy
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This is the first #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub book that didn't win me over. As mentioned elsewhere, I found the English propaganda grating & it interfered with my ability to fully immerse myself in the story. Also, I understand that this is meant to be a feel-good tale, but some of the explaining away of the political ends of the war left me going hmmm. But I liked certain aspects of Stevenson's writing & look forward to her Mrs Tim & Buncle novels!

Cathythoughts Great review! I‘m looking forward to Tim and Bunkle too 👍🏻❤️ 4mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks, Cathy! 😘 The Tim and Buncle ones sound like lovely comfort reads. 4mo
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Ruthiella I too am looking forward to the Mrs Tim books! 4mo
batsy @Ruthiella 🙌🏾 4mo
LeahBergen Yes, I felt much the same way about this one, too (but I‘m quite sure you‘ll enjoy several of her other books)! 4mo
batsy @LeahBergen Glad to hear it, Leah! The others sound quite cosy and comforting. 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm I look forward to her other more comforting and feel-good books as well. 🙌 4mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm 👍🏾🙂 4mo
Jess_Read_This Great review. I felt similarly on this one. Which was disappointing because this was one of hers I had been looking forward to reading for some time. Chiming in with the others, she‘s got some lovely other books that are definitely better. I enjoyed her Mrs Tim Christie books. 4mo
Kimzey Thanks for the review! This one may be a DNF for me. I had put it aside due to a family health crisis and the group‘s reviews haven‘t made me want to pick it back up. 4mo
batsy @Jess_Read_This Thank you! I am definitely keen to try the Mrs. Tim books! 4mo
batsy @Kimzey You're welcome! I'm so sorry to hear of the family medical crisis. I hope things improve and you get some peace of mind 💕 4mo
Kimzey Thanks, @batsy! 4mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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I think this is a good story, an interesting one, different from what the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub has read so far. It‘s insightful to read of the political opinions of the people during the early days of WW2, especially the English middle class. I did enjoy it, although I felt the ending was too rush and easy. Glad to have read my first D.E. Stevenson. 👍

Cathythoughts Nice review Jessie. It was my first by this author too 👍🏻♥️ 4mo
CarolynM Lovely review. I've already gone on to Mrs Tim and I'm looking forward to more 🙂 4mo
batsy Nice review 💜 I wasn't too sold on it at the beginning but I'm slowly warming to it. 4mo
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quietjenn Nice review! I love that so many are being introduced to Stevenson, even if this isn't her best work. 4mo
Ruthiella Great review! It‘s always interesting to read books written during a world event, like WWII. It certainly gives a different perspective. 4mo
LeahBergen Great review! It‘s not one of her best but I enjoyed it, as well. 4mo
Jess_Read_This Nice review! I agree with you entirely on how rushed the ending felt. 4mo
Kimzey Thanks for the review! I‘ve not been able to finish this one due to a complicated summer. 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm @kimzey hope you‘ll get to finish it whenever you‘re ready. Or not, since it has not gotten a very enthusiastic response from the rest of us. 4mo
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LeahBergen
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Published in the very early days of WW2, this novel isn‘t as light and jocular as the previous Stevenson books I‘ve read. I also found the section set in Germany a bit jarring in relation to the rest of the story but, all in all, it was easy to read and kept me turning the pages. I‘ll give it a pick but it‘s not going to stand out as one of my favourites by this author.

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Ruthiella I think I liked it less than anyone in our group, but I‘ll still try some of her other titles like the Mrs Tim books! 😀 5mo
batsy Nice review! I'm so behind on this. Hopefully by next week. 5mo
batsy @Ruthiella I really want to read those, too! 5mo
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erzascarletbookgasm I‘m in part three 👌. 5mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I really enjoyed,but I‘m looking forward to your recommendations by this author too. That will be interesting 👍🏻❤️ 5mo
CarolynM Great review. Taken in context I thought there were some interesting insights as well as an entertaining story. I‘ve just started Mrs Tim @Ruthiella - it‘s amusing me greatly. 5mo
Jess_Read_This Nice review! I felt similarly even though it hooked me in right away. But I ended it feeling a bit let down. I‘m so glad we read it together as a group. It‘s been one of hers I had been wanting to read for some time. 4mo
Kimzey Thanks for the review. I haven‘t made it through yet, but may move on to our next furrowed middlebrow selection! 4mo
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This was my first Stevenson, and I‘m not sure it was the best one to start with, though I did enjoy it. Another Litten likened it to propaganda, and I realized it reminded me of old WWII movies (although I enjoy some of those too).

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Ruthiella I‘ve only otherwise read the first two Miss Buncle books from Stevenson and they are much lighter in tone. (edited) 5mo
LeahBergen I think you‘ll like others way more. I really liked Miss Buncle‘s Book and Mrs Tim. 👍 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm My first as well, and I have another stand alone on my tbr 5mo
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Cathythoughts Interesting review 👍🏻❤️ 5mo
Jess_Read_This Great review! It did seem like a book that could inspire an old movie! 4mo
rubyslippersreads @Jess_Read_This yes. I was even trying to cast it in my mind. 4mo
Kimzey Thanks for the review! 4mo
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quietjenn
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In a sense, this is rather typical Stevenson fare, with nice, upper class English people living privileged lives in the countryside and taking in love and brief Scottish interludes. But the setting - of both the book and its writing/publication - and the inclusion of Franz/Frank - the half-German cousin raised under Naziism and a true believer as the book begins - lends it more gravitas and, eventually, an air if adventure. (continued below)

quietjenn It veers inevitably into a bit of propaganda and the benefit of history makes some things rather questionable, but generally I quite enjoyed reading it. I don‘t think it will rank with my favorite of her works, but it was interesting and I‘m glad it was our #furrowedmiddlebrowclub choice for the month. 5mo
Ruthiella Great review and well balanced! I‘d only read the first two Miss Buncle books from DES before this one, which are very fluffy. Maybe that‘s why this one landed oddly with me. 🤔 I actually have to stop expecting every DSP book to be cozy! 😂 Quite a few have been dark, like 5mo
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batsy Nice review! I still haven't started but I hope to get to it soon. 5mo
CarolynM Lovely review 🙂 5mo
LeahBergen I feel much the same way. I enjoyed it but it‘s not going to be one of my favourites by her. 5mo
Kimzey Thanks for the review! I‘ve gotten off track in my reading due to a complicated summer and have been on the fence about picking it back up again. Positive reviews might sway me to give it another go! 4mo
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CarolynM
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Whether it‘s wartime propaganda or just general middle class English snobbishness, I thoroughly enjoyed this glimpse of the way they looked at life, the way they thought and spoke and acted in those blessed days of peace, to paraphrase DE Stevenson‘s proposed Foreword to the first edition. On a more serious level, it was also a reminder not to blindly believe your country‘s take on the attitudes/intentions other countries.
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Ruthiella Great review! I‘m glad you enjoyed it. Did you think the second chance romance between Dane and Sophie was a surprise? Or did you see it coming? I‘ll admit, it took me unawares. 😃 5mo
CarolynM @Ruthiella Thank you😊 I was a bit surprised, although there was a hint when they were talking about how Sophie met her first husband. Before that I was slightly worried that he was keen on Wynne, which would have been a bit yuck🥴 5mo
LeahBergen Lovely review! And yes, I was a tad worried that he might like Wynne, too. 😬 5mo
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻♥️. I didn‘t see the Dane / Sophie romance coming …. Nice surprise. 5mo
Kimzey Great review! Thanks! 4mo
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Ruthiella
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Unfortunately I couldn‘t get a DSP edition ebook & was too cheap to spring for the paperback so I had no introduction. I thought this was mostly pro-Empire war propaganda (published in 1940) with two weakish romances. Sorry fellow #FurrowedMiddleBrowClub friends 😣. I can‘t fault the book for being of its time, but the rah rah Britain can do no wrong stuck in my craw, knowing the future. Kudos, however, for not painting all German‘s as Nazis.

Tamra I‘m getting those vibes too. It‘s difficult sometimes to read this era when we have so much hindsight! 5mo
Ruthiella @Tamra Hindsight certainly gets in the way! 5mo
CarolynM I know what you mean, but I find it funny rather than annoying. I‘m thoroughly enjoying it. 5mo
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Ruthiella @CarolynM That‘s definitely the better attitude! I‘m glad you are liking it. 😊 5mo
Cathythoughts I hear you , and if I focus on that part of the atmosphere of the book , I agree it‘s hard to swallow. I enjoyed the romances, and found it interesting when Franz went back to Germany. But I definitely take your point. 5mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts I don‘t know why it rubbed me the wrong way, but it did. I‘m glad it didn‘t impede your enjoyment of the book. I did like daffy Sophie as a character! 5mo
batsy Interesting review! I haven't started it yet but I'll know to keep an eye out for that because it sounds like it might not sit well with me either 😆 5mo
Ruthiella @batsy It‘s not the whole book, for sure. It‘s just that the rest wasn‘t enough to allow me to ignore it. I hope I am the outlier here! 😀 5mo
Jess_Read_This I really appreciated reading your take on this one! I finished it last night and thought it was one of Stevenson‘s more serious works but definitely had a propaganda tone which irked me a bit too. Overall, I enjoyed it but because I thought it was (for her) an attempt at trying to create depth in the novel. It read differently for me compared to the her other novels I‘ve read. 5mo
Jess_Read_This In the DSP edition, one thing that struck me was in her autobio at the end- she is asked about drawing her characters from real life. She says “NO”- however she mentions neighbors in Glasgow being chilly when they saw themselves in Mrs Tim. And in her letters, Franz is drawn from a German girl staying with friends. I felt her strong protest and paragraph explanation in the autobio was a bit untruthful in where her characters come from. (edited) 5mo
Jess_Read_This Sorry, me again. I was thinking on it a bit while drinking my coffee. In her autobio in the DSP, she says English Air was her first book written with a purpose. The purpose being to help other people understand how the English people felt about the war. Which made me wonder whether it was how her social circle felt or was she also drawing from the directives coming from govt? And I never really got a strong sense on what her message exactly is? 5mo
Jess_Read_This Continued: which makes me wonder if I‘m just a bit dense as a reader since I felt her purpose didn‘t seem clear to me. She wrote of various people in varying stages of carefreeness whose lives were changing. Did she mean the sense of nationalism they felt? I could tell she was aiming for something but it got lost for me. When I say I saw depth in it, I meant in how Franz was portrayed. 5mo
Ruthiella @Jess_Read_This The only other books I‘ve read from D.E.S. are the first two Miss Buncle books, so I wasn‘t expecting the more serious tone here. For sure she was only speaking as well she could for her social class. Like when someone explains to Franz that the upper classes in England work for free in aid of the poor unlike in Germany where such work is paid for by the government. Noblesse oblige. That also put me off. (edited) 5mo
Ruthiella @Jess_Read_This Also, we know that England had a fascist party lead by Mosley which had some popular support. The books was published very early in the war. She couldn‘t know that it would drag on for 4 more years and that it would be so destructive and that the recovery would take so long. (edited) 5mo
LeahBergen I can see where you‘re coming from on this review! I ended up enjoying it but reading the appendix of publishers‘ letters, etc made me appreciate it (and the time period it was written in) even more. 5mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen Next time if the DSP ebook isn‘t available, I will definitely get the paperback then. I think with better context, I‘d have appreciated it more. 5mo
Kimzey I appreciate the nuanced review. I am behind in my reading, so can‘t chime in yet. 4mo
Ruthiella @Kimzey No problem and no rush! I‘ll be interested to hear your thoughts when you get there! 😀 4mo
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Cathythoughts
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The Braithwaites, and their minder, Dane Worthington, are visited by ‘a sort of cousin‘ Franz Heiden. The time is 1938 as the book begins and war is threatening. I loved this family story and couldn‘t put it down. Good story and characters. I won‘t say more until we are finished this #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub read.

BarbaraBB I think you can‘t go wrong with Stevenson! 5mo
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB I think it‘s my first. What else would you recommend Barbara? 5mo
batsy Nice review! I won't be able to get to this until closer to the end of the month but so glad to hear you enjoyed it. 5mo
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CarolynM Great review🙂 It‘s such a lovely book I‘m trying to make it last a bit longer. 5mo
MaureenMc Miss Buncle‘s Book is adorable. I chose it for my little book group, and we all loved it. 5mo
Tamra 👏🏾 I‘m happy to know it‘s a win! 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Glad you loved it 💗. I have not started. 5mo
quietjenn I agree with @BarbaraBB - Stevenson is one of my comfort read authors, for sure! I've only read the first chapter so far, but looking forward to sinking into this one soon. 5mo
LeahBergen Nice review! I‘ve been so busy on this little holiday that I haven‘t had a chance to start it yet. 5mo
BarbaraBB I‘d recommend, just like @MaureenMc , 5mo
Ruthiella Excellent! I‘m at 70% and hope to finish this weekend! 5mo
Ruthiella I concur with @MaureenMc and @BarbaraBB Miss Buncle‘s book is great! (edited) 5mo
Jess_Read_This I couldn‘t put it down either. I had to know how it ended! 5mo
LeahBergen I think you‘ll really like Miss Buncle‘s Book. Or try Mrs Tim (sometimes titled Mrs Tim of the Regiment or Mrs Tim Christie). 5mo
Cathythoughts @Jess_Read_This Yes ! I was invested in the ending 👍🏻😁 5mo
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Tamra
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A bit of prophetic idealism? 🤔 🫣

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Cathythoughts Wynne is a dreamer ♥️ 5mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts she is charming for sure! 5mo
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CarolynM
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I understand you, Sophie.

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Ruthiella 😂😂😂 5mo
Jeg Me too. Love a happy ending . 5mo
Cathythoughts Very good 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Sophie knows what she wants! 5mo
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Cathythoughts I‘m thinking of you as I read too because I know this is a time of great interest to you in history… makes the reading more special (edited) 5mo
MaureenMc Same, Sophie, same. 😄 5mo
Tamra Great passage! I haven‘t started yet, but looking forward to it. 😄 5mo
quietjenn So much YES 5mo
elkeOriginal Seems like DE is describing her own books! At least the ones I have read end nicely…and that is why I like her! 5mo
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Cathythoughts
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Reading outside. I suppose that cover is meant to be Wynne and Franz at the start of the book when they all go swimming in the cove. I wonder how it will all pan out ?! I‘m enjoying 👍🏻♥️

erzascarletbookgasm Lovely 📸. For a moment I thought you‘re at the beach, Cathy, with white sandy beach at the background 😁 5mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm Oh dear 😂 no , just reading outside. Hope all is good with you Jessie X 5mo
batsy Pretty photo 💕 5mo
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Ruthiella @erzascarletbookgasm I thought the same! 😂 5mo
Cathythoughts @batsy 👍🏻💕 5mo
Cathythoughts @Ruthiella @erzascarletbookgasm oh yes, I see the wall looks like sand ! Needs to be painted 😂 5mo
LeahBergen What a pretty photo! 5mo
Centique What a photo! And it sounds really good 😍 5mo
Centique I thought it was sand too! 5mo
CarolynM 😍 5mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks 😘😘 5mo
Cathythoughts @Centique Thanks , and it IS REALLY GOOD👍🏻 5mo
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Ruthiella No time like the present! 😃 5mo
catebutler Can‘t wait to start this one too! I think it might have to be my weekend read. 5mo
quietjenn Good plan! I‘ve one I want to finish up first, then I just might do the same. 5mo
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Kimzey Thanks, I‘ve got some travel coming up. I‘ll bring it along. 5mo
batsy I hope to start soon! Once again I realise I've over"booked" myself with my enthusiasm for Litsy group reads + family visiting from abroad this month ? 5mo
Cathythoughts Just got started too 👍🏻❤️ 5mo
Cathythoughts Franz is an interesting guy 🤔 he doesn‘t know what to make of anyone and I don‘t know what to make of him ( yet ) 😄 (edited) 5mo
LeahBergen I‘m off on a little holiday right now (for the next 2 weeks) but I brought the book! 5mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen Should be a good holiday read🙂 Have a lovely time💕 5mo
CarolynM @Cathythoughts I love that he speaks English “too well” and we know exactly what that means while poor Franz can‘t make sense of it🤣 Dane is the one I‘m most interested in so far. 5mo
CarolynM @batsy Sounds like you‘ll be busy in a good way🙂 I‘ll try not to post any spoilers😆 5mo
CarolynM @Kimzey A good one for travelling, I think. Enjoy🙂 5mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Have a lovely time Leah ❤️ 5mo
Cathythoughts Dane Worthington! That‘s quite a name 😁 5mo
Amiable I like that cover. It has a nostalgic “throw-back” feel that appeals to old me. 😀 5mo
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Ruthiella
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Hello #Furrowedmiddlebrowclub friends! This is a reminder that our July 2022 pick is the tagged title. Read at your own pace and share your thoughts with us as you are inclined.

Any Littens not tagged but want to be, let me know. 😊 All are welcome!

CarolynM Thanks Ruth. I've been hanging out for this one🙂 5mo
Tamra Yay! 😁 5mo
Kimzey Thanks for the reminder! 5mo
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Ruthiella @CarolynM @Tamra @Kimzey It looks like a perfect summer read! 🏖 5mo
batsy It's such a good cover—very summer-y! 5mo
Cathythoughts Great stuff 👍🏻❤️ Thankyou X 5mo
Ruthiella @batsy I agree. The cover really sets the tone! 5mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts You are welcome! ❤️ 5mo
LeahBergen Thanks for the reminder! 😘 5mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen No problem 😉 5mo
Sparklemn I‘d love to read it with you all. 5mo
Ruthiella @Sparklemn Excellent! 😃 5mo
Jess_Read_This Thanks for tagging! This is my first time participating. Do we discuss in each other‘s posts or is there a formal discussion post for us to discuss on? 5mo
Ruthiella @Jess_Read_This It‘s super informal. We just discuss on each person‘s post as desired. 😀 5mo
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Kimzey
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Yay! My summer reading for #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub arrived!

Cathythoughts Yay 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
LeahBergen Wonderful!! 👏👏 6mo
Ruthiella Excellent! 😃 6mo
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LeahBergen
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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. 😆

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elkeOriginal What a handsome group! 7mo
Kimzey @LeahBergen I believe this is the first commitment on my calendar for 2024! 🎉🥳📕📗 7mo
Cathythoughts Thanks Leah , you‘re great! All the way to 2024 … we are going places 👍🏻❤️ 7mo
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Ruthiella Thanks for keeping us organized Leah! 😃 7mo
batsy Thank you, Leah 💜 It's so nice to see a list planned going into 2024...the little things to look forward to! 7mo
batsy I just realised that's your notepaper—how lovely 😍 7mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal Aren‘t we though? 😆 7mo
LeahBergen @Kimzey And mine, as well! 😆😆 I couldn‘t quite believe it when I was writing it out. 7mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Just imagine all the books we will have read by then! 😄 7mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella No problem at all! 😘 7mo
LeahBergen @batsy I like to look forward to these things, too! And the notepapers does look like little middlebrow ladies, doesn‘t it? 😆 7mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen Imagine all the books we will BUY by then! And that DSP will newly publish! 7mo
CarolynM Thank you Leah😘 @elkeOriginal I am eyeing off the Susan Scarlett (AKA Noel Strreatfeild) titles they're bringing out later this year. 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm ❤️ wonderful 👏 Exciting times! 7mo
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 7mo
Tamra Thanks for tagging me! Off to download! 7mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m glad my turn to pick comes after all those Susan Scarletts come out! 7mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen @batsy Adorable little middlebrow ladies. 😍 7mo
batsy @rubyslippersreads I know, right? I was looking at their tweets about those books and adding it to my wishlist 😆 7mo
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. 😆 7mo
LeahBergen @Tamra 👏👏 7mo
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! 7mo
LeahBergen @willaful That‘s so true! These new covers will really garner some new attention for her books. 7mo
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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. 7mo
Kimzey The English Air would be my choice, but both sound good. 7mo
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batsy I've had my eye on both! My vote is for 7mo
LeahBergen I love DE Stevenson but I‘ve yet to read any Elizabeth Fair, so my pick goes to 7mo
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. 7mo
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. 7mo
CarolynM Since I have a copy thanks to @LeahBergen I'll vote for 7mo
quietjenn I love both authors! My vote is for 7mo
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. 📗📕 7mo
elkeOriginal I love DES and have not yet read this one so my choice is 7mo
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? 7mo
Kimzey @LeahBergen Sure, that works! Thanks! (edited) 7mo
rubyslippersreads I own this one, so I pick 7mo
Cathythoughts … I‘m off to order both 😃 , but I‘ll vote for 7mo
Jess_Read_This Count me in! I‘m happy reading either one! 7mo
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 7mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen 👍 Thanks again. 7mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM 😘😘 7mo
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