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shawnmooney
Clothes-Pegs | Noel Streatfeild, Susan Scarlett
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LeahBergen 😆😆 I love this screenshot and graphic! 2d
LiteraryinLawrence 😂😂 2d
Leftcoastzen 👏😂Love this post ! Gave me a smile & a laugh just when I needed it. (edited) 2d
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quirkyreader You have now been bitten by the romance bug and will eventually want more.🙈 2d
shawnmooney @LeahBergen 🥰😍🤗 10h
shawnmooney @Leftcoastzen Delighted to be of service! I think the novel might, too, if you haven't read it. 10h
shawnmooney @quirkyreader Jeepers, hey? Who'd a thunk? 😂 10h
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batsy
Wine of Honour | Barbara Beauchamp
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Thank you so much @CarolynM for passing on your extra copy for our upcoming #furrowedmiddlebrowclub and the lovely extras. Your beautiful card and message ❤️ I love the pin and bookmark! You're so thoughtful and it was a treat to get this in the mail 😘

CarolynM That was quick! Hope it‘s a good read😘 1w
Cathythoughts That‘s a perfect present ♥️ So lovely! 7d
batsy @CarolynM Thanks again and I hope we all enjoy it 🙂 6d
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batsy @Cathythoughts Yes! 🥰 6d
GatheringBooks Do i spy a notebook? That looks gorgeous! 6d
batsy @GatheringBooks That's a card! It's such a pretty design 💜 6d
LeahBergen So lovely! 🥰🥰 5d
batsy @LeahBergen It is 💕 4d
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erzascarletbookgasm
Clothes-Pegs | Noel Streatfeild, Susan Scarlett
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I love the close-knit Brown family, the family dynamics. I think Ethel is the best character, supportive & is a pillar of strength. I enjoyed reading about the working life of the mannequins, and all the hard work, chaos behind the scenes of a fashion house. I‘m not impressed with ‘Uncle‘ David, or convinced of the romance, but this was a delightful read. Makes a very good escapist reading, a wonderful start for #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub this year.

batsy Great review and photo 💚 I love how Ethel always tried to provide the little comforts. 2w
Tamra I loved Ethel‘s character too! ❤️ 2w
Ruthiella How Ethel skillfully managed her family in terms of their needs and personalities was impressive! I‘ve never been so pleased about curtains! 😄 2w
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catebutler Perfectly said! I agree wholeheartedly. 💓 2w
Cathythoughts Great review! I‘m a fan of Ethel‘s too 👍🏻 2w
LeahBergen Great review! And I‘m #TeamEthel, too. 😆 2w
quietjenn I think we are all Team Ethel! 2w
jlhammar Pretty photo! Ethel really was the best. 2w
erzascarletbookgasm @Ruthiella Curtains are no joke, they make or break the living room! 😁 2w
shawnmooney Great review! Wasn't Ethel the bees knees? I certainly wouldn't defend David, but correct me if I'm wrong: weren't all of his awful comments to Annabel in the context of that one misunderstanding, and he went back to being his formerly sweet self as soon as that got clarified? I thought so, but might I have missed others? Anyway this book delighted me. Glad it was a pick for you too! 10h
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elkeOriginal
Clothes-Pegs | Noel Streatfeild, Susan Scarlett
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This self-described bit of ‘frothy fun‘ was an enjoyable light read with the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub. A vivid view of a 1930s era clothing shop as well as the delightful home life of the Brown family. I have to admit Annabel the MC was basically the least interesting character so it was not unputdownable for me. I was also not smitten by the male lead. I AM glad to have read my first Susan Scarlett and look forward to more!

Tamra He did have some off putting ways of talking to Annabel. 😒 3w
jlhammar Great review! It seems like we all appreciated the Brown family scenes. Yeah, the whole “Uncle David“ thing, calling Annabel kid and little idiot and what not just did not strike me as the makings of a wonderful marriage. 3w
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batsy Yes, Annabel and David were the weakest characters in this, somehow. It felt like Streatfeild enjoyed writing about the others more 😁 3w
LeahBergen Lovely review! And I‘ll echo @batsy here: I, too, think Streatfeild always likes her supporting cast better than her stars. 😆 I‘ve definitely noticed this in all her children‘s books that I‘ve read, too! 3w
Jess_Read_This @jlhammar I wonder since we all loved the family scenes best if we‘d love the Shoes series the best then. I haven‘t read them yet and was going to try for a few this year to compare. 3w
Jess_Read_This Nice review! I agree on the supporting cast! 3w
Ruthiella You see that with Dickens too - it‘s the side characters who really shine. OTOH, I would have wholeheartedly lapped the romance up if I‘d read this 30 years ago! 3w
quietjenn Yes, compared to some others, Anabel is a bit milquetoast. And you DSP/FMB pile totally made my me go 😲 3w
LeahBergen @Ruthiella Oh, that‘s such a good point about Dickens! 3w
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This Exactly! The family scenes are just the coziest. I try to read one or two of her children‘s books every year. Last year‘s reads were The Growing Summer and White Boots. 😊 They‘re perfect if you‘re sick with a cold or feeling a bit fragile. 😆 3w
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal I can see you‘re a bit of a middlebrow stockpiler (like myself)! 🤣 3w
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m still reading it, so I‘m ignoring the comments above…but I just want to say, what a great pile of DSP books! 😻 3w
Cathythoughts Nice review! Nice stack too 🥰 3w
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen I‘ve never read her before. I might get one for my granddaughter, she‘s 9. 👍🏻💕 3w
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts That‘s a perfect age for her children‘s books. 😊 3w
CarolynM Lovely review. The family really were the stars of the show🥰 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Nice review! My first Susan Scarlett too. 2w
shawnmooney Great review! I'm drawn to characters who struggle to break out of their meekness, so I loved Annabel. I can't wait to read more by Susan Scarlett and her alter-ego Noel Streatfeild! 10h
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LitsyEvents
Clothes-Pegs | Noel Streatfeild, Susan Scarlett
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@LeahBergen

Okay, #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub, here‘s our 2023 reading schedule!

As always, anyone is welcome to jump in and read along with us for any month. It‘s a casual buddy read; we generally aim to be finished around the middle of the month and simply comment and chat on each other‘s posts and reviews.

LeahBergen Thanks for the repost! 3w
Cathythoughts Wooohoooo 👍🏻♥️ 3w
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catebutler
Clothes-Pegs | Noel Streatfeild, Susan Scarlett
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I loved getting a look at the workings of a fashion house, including wonderful descriptions of clothing in the making, fitting & modelling. But, my favorite scenes in the book were those featuring Annabel‘s family. Her mother & father, in particular, were fabulous characters! There were lovely descriptions of family life: meals, a garden, stories, jokes & laughter. It was a delightful read & perfect for the weekend.

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Ruthiella Yes! The comfort and security of Annabel‘s home life was a great contrast to the stresses of the design house. 3w
catebutler @Ruthiella I loved how down to earth her family was. It really showed why and how Annabel was so unique and special, and different from the other models. 3w
Tamra Fabulous review and photo! Seems this one was a hit all the way around. 😃 3w
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catebutler @Tamra Thank you! And it was - the perfect book choice to start the new year. ☺️ 3w
quietjenn Yes, it really was the coziest of reads and a most enchanting, yet grounded family portrait. And, your teacup is lovely. 3w
LeahBergen Lovely review! I wanted to pop by George and Ethel‘s for tea. 😊 3w
CarolynM I loved the family scenes too. 3w
catebutler @quietjenn Thank you so much, I‘m always on the hunt for vintage teacups. 3w
catebutler @LeahBergen Thank you! Me too! What a lovely way to spend the day. 3w
catebutler @CarolynM They reminded me quite a bit of my own family growing up. We are always laughing, joking and telling family stories. 3w
jlhammar Lovely photo and review. I agree, it really was delightful! 3w
batsy Beautiful tea cup and lovely review. The family scenes were my favourite bits. 3w
Cathythoughts Lovely review and beautiful pic 👌🏻👌🏻 3w
Jess_Read_This Lovely review and gorgeous photo! 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hey! How are you? 1w
catebutler @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m doing well, staying busy with grad school! How are you? I need to catch up on some letter writing. 🫣 21h
shawnmooney Co-signing this! I was really drawn, pretty much equally, to the dress shop setting and the home setting. Do you know anything about the whole mannequin/model thing described in the book? I was surprised by and interested in the fact that customers would want to see clothes modelled by shop staff rather than try them on themselves. 10h
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LeahBergen
Clothes-Pegs | Noel Streatfeild, Susan Scarlett
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Okay, #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub, here‘s our 2023 reading schedule!

As always, anyone is welcome to jump in and read along with us for any month. It‘s a casual buddy read; we generally aim to be finished around the middle of the month and simply comment and chat on each other‘s posts and reviews.

jlhammar Wonderful! Looking forward to all of these. Excited to place my book order! 3w
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Tamra Thank you Leah and all for making this fun club happen! 😊 3w
elkeOriginal Fantastic set of books! 3w
catebutler Such a great line up! 👏🏼 3w
quietjenn Woohoo! I and I appreciate the symmetry of beginning and ending the year with Susan Scarlett. 🤓 3w
Tamra @jlhammar I just loaded them all onto my Kindle - while I‘d prefer to read physical copies I just can‘t justify the cost difference! 😣 (edited) 3w
CarolynM Fantastic! Thanks Leah😘 3w
Ruthiella Thank you Leah! 🙏 We‘ve lots of great reads ahead! 3w
Kimzey Terrific! Thanks for putting together the year at a glance. I‘ve screen shot it and will order the next two. And I‘ll be thinking ahead to my 2024 potential selections! 3w
Aimeesue Thanks! I've screen shotted this and am off to fill my cart! I'm happy that the Kindle versions are so inexpensive. And as I have no space on my physical shelves, the Kindle is my. Est friend these days 😄 (edited) 3w
Tamra @CarolynM such a nice offer! 😊 I downloaded mine to Kindle - I hope someone else can use one. 3w
catebutler @CarolynM I‘ve already ordered my copy, but thank you so much for your kind offer!! 💓 (edited) 3w
rubyslippersreads @Aimeesue Plus you can always have your library with you. 😄 3w
rubyslippersreads @CarolynM I have the Kindle version, but thanks for offering. 😊 3w
batsy Thank you! Fantastic line up for the year 😍 I realise that it's my turn to start off 2024, but shall I post the choices sometime mid-year? Just in case there's voter fatigue? 😁 3w
batsy @CarolynM That's such a kind offer! If no one has claimed it yet I would love to have it—I was planning on getting a physical copy 🙂 3w
Gissy Sounds so interesting and they are beautiful!! I will try to follow you but I‘m late for the first book. An excuse to buy these beauties 😜😂 3w
CarolynM @batsy Send me a message munchenberg at onthe dot net dot au 3w
batsy @CarolynM Just sent you an email 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Splendid line up! Thanks Leah!😘 3w
LeahBergen @quietjenn I noticed that symmetry, too. I like to start and finish the year with a bit of froth! 😆 3w
LeahBergen @Kimzey Yes! @batsy , you, and then @Jess_Read_This will be our first three book suggesters for next year. I was thinking we should wait until closer to the end of the year to start voting on those as Furrowed Middlebrow has some new books coming out this year. What do you all think? (edited) 3w
batsy @LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This @kimzey Oh yes, that's an excellent idea. I was just wondering about new titles coming out this year 🙌🏾 3w
LeahBergen @Aimeesue @Tamra I really love how they release their ebooks in a non-price gouging way, don‘t you? So impressive for a small press. ❤️ 3w
Ruthiella @LeahBergen @batsy @Kimzey @Jess_Read_This I agree Leah, we can vote on 2024 later in the year. 👍 3w
LeahBergen @batsy I saw that they are going to publish their new releases for April soon! 👏👏 @Ruthiella (edited) 3w
Ruthiella @Gissy Jump in any time! If you have a kindle, the books are quite inexpensive, too. 3w
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm It‘s going to be a fun year of reading! 😘 3w
LeahBergen @Gissy Definitely jump in anytime to read along with us! As @Ruthiella said, these are very inexpensive as ebooks and we‘d love to have you. 😘😘 3w
LeahBergen @CarolynM How nice of you to share! And I‘m kind of laughing that you have two copies. 😆😆 3w
Tamra @LeahBergen indeed! 👍🏾 3w
CarolynM Me too🤣 I must have got a bit gung ho with the ordering. 3w
Kimzey @LeahBergen @batsy @Jess_Read_This Yes, I was hoping we‘d wait until at least midway through the year. We can see what comes out and I will want to research and maybe even read a few potential picks before choosing. That may be a little ambitious though! 😊 3w
LeahBergen @CarolynM I feel you. 🤣 3w
LeahBergen @Kimzey Perfect! And we have something to look forward to. 😆 3w
Kimzey @CarolynM Thanks for offering your extra copy. I see it found a home! 😍 3w
Cathythoughts Nice work Leah !! You‘re great 👍🏻 what a fun year for us ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Yes! Between this and #PersephoneClub, we have a lot to look forward to. 🥰 3w
Rissreads Such beautiful covers! ♥️ 3w
Jess_Read_This @Ruthiella @LeahBergen @batsy @Kimzey Sounds like a plan to me! I like the idea of waiting a bit to see what new releases come out this year. Just let me know when to make my selections. ☺️ 3w
Jess_Read_This Thanks for posting this! Took my screenshot and off to see what I own and what I need to buy. 3w
LeahBergen @Rissreads Aren‘t they great? They hunt down the best old artwork for these forgotten books. 3w
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This Amazingly (and perhaps shamefully) I only had to order one. 😆 3w
Rissreads I might join in to some of these as I didn‘t realise they were so cheap on kindle! I‘ll see how I go. 😊 3w
LeahBergen @Rissreads Please do! We‘d love to have you. 😊 3w
shawnmooney I‘ve got the July one so count me in! Might acquire one or two others! 🕺🏼🕺🏼🥰🥰 3w
LeahBergen @shawnmooney Yay! I think you might like the September pick, too. 👍 3w
Gissy @LeahBergen Thank you! But I prefer the physical books, they are so pretty☺️😍 2w
Gissy @Ruthiella I prefer physical books, they are so pretty! I can read in February the one assigned to January and then catch up with the group for the next month. Well, I should clarify that I‘m a slow reader☺️but motivated to read these books. 2w
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rubyslippersreads
Clothes-Pegs | Noel Streatfeild, Susan Scarlett
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A charming book, except for the story about the cat. 😡 That‘s the kind of kid who grows up to be a serial killer.

Believe it or not, I‘ve never read any of Noel Streatfeild‘s books for children. Where should I start?

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rubyslippersreads @Jess_Read_This Your tag didn‘t turn out. 😊 3w
Bluebird 👀 i have the same question! I‘ve got this book on my TBR list, but want to try her children‘s books but don‘t know where to start. (I first heard of the shoe series from the movie You‘ve Got Mail). 3w
Ruthiella Yes, the bit about the cat didn‘t wash! Love your picture of models of that era. It would have made a good cover for the book! I think Ballet Shoes is Streatfeild‘s most famous children‘s book. 3w
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rubyslippersreads @Bluebird I‘m glad I‘m not the only Streatfeild newbie. 😊 3w
elkeOriginal Me = also new to Streatfield! 3w
Tamra Ooooo that pic! 😍 3w
LeahBergen @Bluebird @rubyslippersreads @elkeOriginal I think Ballet Shoes is a good place to start with her or else pick one of the “Shoe” books that jibes more with your interest than ballet. The Painted Garden (aka: Movie Shoes) is about a young English girl who goes to LA to act in the movie of The Secret Garden. White Boots (aka: Skating Shoes) is about figure skating friends and Tennis Shoes is about … well, I‘m sure you can guess. 😆 ⬇️ 3w
LeahBergen Her straight “family stories” are super charming, too (Caldicott Place, Apple Bough, The Growing Summer, etc). 3w
quietjenn The cat story was so weird and random! But I do love this image. I've not read all the children's books - she was so prolific! - but I think I probably read Ballet Shoes first 3w
Cathythoughts It really is charming ! 🥰 I live your picture 👌🏻 3w
rockpools What @LeahBergen said! Ballet Shoes is probably her best known, but Apple Bough is one of my all-time favourites. 3w
batsy Love this pic! @rockpools @LeahBergen The Shoes books are some of my favourites ever 💕 I must get around to the others, like Apple Bough. 3w
Jess_Read_This Perfect picture to accompany your review! @rockpools @LeahBergen Thanks for sharing your Shoes books recs and insights. I read Ballet Shoes as a child and none of her other books. I‘m feeling the nudge to pick up her children‘s books in 2023. I‘m not familiar with Apple Bough and love the title. 3w
Aimeesue Lovely illustration! Suits the book perfectly. ❤️ 3w
jlhammar Love this illustration. I look forward to trying some of these suggestions. And oh my gosh, yes, that cat story! Disturbing. 3w
LeahBergen @rockpools @batsy @Jess_Read_This Yes, Apple Bough is wonderful. The US title is Travelling Shoes (many of her books were renamed with a ‘Shoes‘ title in the US). 😊 3w
willaful Dancing Shoes was one of my favorites, and Skating Shoes also. Skating Shoes has similar family vibes to Clothes-pegs -- though honestly her books do tend to run similar. (No problem for me as a child!)

In “ordinary“ books, I really liked The Magic Summer, despite it disappointingly having no magic. (I think it's The Growing Summer in England.)
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Bluebird @LeahBergen @rockpools @willaful thanks for the suggestions! I will start with Ballet Shoes and go on from there. Will make sure Apple Bough (Traveling Shoes) is on my list. I think I need to add Clothes-Peg too (despite the cat) So many great comments about it. 😄 (edited) 3w
willaful @rubyslippersreader I'm for that! 3w
erzascarletbookgasm I love this illustration! I‘m up for some Shoes reading, too (if I can access to some copies) 😊 3w
Jess_Read_This @rubyslippersreads I‘d love a Shoes reading group! 3w
Bluebird @rubyslippersreads sounds fun! 😀 3w
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Ruthiella
Babbacombe's | SUSAN. SCARLETT
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For your consideration voting members of the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub :

📚I figure we might be ready for more fairy tale romance ten months from now from Streatfeild and I love anything set in a department store!

📚 However, I‘m also a sucker for bringing a house back to life story and the Italian seaside might be lovely for those readers approaching the winter season.

The choice is yours! 😊 Voting is open till next week Friday.

Kimzey Hmmm, tough choice! I also love a story of house restoration project, especially in Italy. So, Marble Staircase gets my vote. 🗳️ 3w
LeahBergen You‘re killing me here!! I want to read both! Should I go with the one I own? I guess so but I‘ll be buying the other one, too. 😆 3w
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Jess_Read_This I love a good fairytale romance and a happily ever after 🧚🏻‍♀️✨ Nice choices! My vote goes to 3w
catebutler I am loving these choices!! My vote is for 3w
CarolynM Hmm, coin tossing again 🙂 I'll go for 3w
quietjenn This one is hard! I will be happy with either, but will vote for 3w
batsy Oooooh! I will be absolutely delighted to read both. But this one has been on my TBR longer, so I'll vote for it 3w
erzascarletbookgasm I want to read both! But I‘ve been eyeing this for a while.. 3w
Cathythoughts I want both , but I‘ll go with 3w
LeahBergen Another close one! The winner is 3w
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Ruthiella
Clothes-Pegs | Noel Streatfeild, Susan Scarlett
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This was a sweet fairy tale of a story set in the world of of 1930s English fashion; a world which the author knew something about, having been a model herself.

I would love to read a sequel featuring Lorna and her years at Mallory Towers! 😂 I know she was pretty awful, but I was also a mouthy, bad attitude kid (minus the shoplifting) and I have a soft spot for her and her ilk.

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LeahBergen Ohhhh, I would SO read about her exploits at a Blyton-esque boarding school! 🤣🤣 Love it! 3w
Ruthiella @LeahBergen A Midnight picnic or two and some good clean sports will set her right in no time! 😂 3w
Jess_Read_This Agree! I wish we could follow her boarding school adventures. I liked her a lot too. Nice review! 3w
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Ruthiella @Jess_Read_This Thanks! She‘s certainly redeemable and I liked her quick if snarky wit. 3w
jlhammar I would love more Lorna! She was a great character. 3w
Ruthiella @jlhammar l‘m gonna go out on a limb and say she had more personality than Annabel. Though when Annabel slapped Freda, it was pretty satisfying. 3w
Tamra I would have liked more of all the family characters! 3w
Ruthiella @Tamra The spin off possibilities are endless! Ethel and George: -The Golden Years, Artie‘s Adventures in the RAF, Bernadette and Jim‘s Little Motors and How They Grew… 3w
Tamra @Ruthiella 😆 yes!! 3w
quietjenn @Ruthiella I'm in love with these spin off ideas. I wonder if there is Susan Scarlett fanfic? Great comments! (edited) 3w
Ruthiella @quietjenn The idea of Susan Scarlett fanfic is a fun one! 3w
batsy I agree! Lorna and a Mallory Tower-esque spinoff would have been brilliant. 3w
batsy @Ruthiella @jlhammar I agree! Annabel needed more spikiness to her. I found the slap very satisfying for that reason 😆 3w
Cathythoughts I‘d love a follow up on Lorna too. I liked her. 3w
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts @batsy We‘ll have to imagine our own happy end for Lorna. 😊 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Hahaha, I‘ll like to read about Lorna & her misadventures at the boarding school too! She‘s not awful, actually, very realistic character. 2w
Ruthiella @erzascarletbookgasm Yes, Lorna is a middle class child who yearns for more than her situation provides; very relatable! 2w
shawnmooney I loved your review, and I would be here for a Lorna/boarding school sequel. You should write it! 10h
Ruthiella @shawnmooney Ha ha. 🤣 Maybe when I retire. 9h
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