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Bloomsbury Reader

Ever since reading and loving Another Part of the Wood by Denis Mackail and The Happy Prisoner by Monica Dickens, I have been looking forward to investigating some of the other e-books on offer from Bloomsbury Reader.  The selection is immense and tempting but, until now, I’d held off buying anything.  After more than a year with my Kobo Touch, I’ve only bought two e-books: everything else has been either in the public domain or borrowed from my library (including the Dickens and Mackail books I loved so much).  But then I saw yesterday that a number of Bloomsbury Reader titles were available for around $2 each in the Kobo shop.  That is a price that even I, cheap as I am, can get behind.  In the end, I purchased 10 new titles (the majority of which were heavily marked down):

The Fancy by Monica Dickens
Monica Dickens’s novel chronicles the lives of a group of female workers in an aircraft factory – their men are off fighting the Second World War, and the women have had to step up and take over.

The Lorimer Line by Anne Melville
The enthralling first volume in the sequence which chronicles the lives and fortunes of the Lorimer family from the 1870s to the 1940s.

Anna by Norman Collins
Against the background of France and Germany at the time of the Franco-Prussian war of 1870, Norman Collins tells with great brilliance the story of Anna, a beautiful woman. Born in Rhineland, when she was nineteen she fell in love with a French cousin whom she followed to Paris on the eve of the outbreak of war. When he was killed by her compatriots she found herself in besieged Paris, destitute, alone, and a German. Thrown into prison, she got out only by marrying a middle-aged restaurateur for whom she had no feeling. These are the opening incidents in a novel which is full of incident, of tragedy and of adventure, and which carries Anna from France to Germany, and finally to England, where at last she finds both peace and happiness.

The Proud Servant by Margaret Irwin
A tale of seduction and witchcraft and a promise made to Charles I to “raise Scotland for the King”.

Enchanter’s Nightshade by Ann Bridge
Bridge presents her reader with a “period piece” of Italian provincial society and distributes our sympathies over a surprising range of characters, several of whom touch on individual tragedies. The lovely “Enchantress” in the late thirties; the little English governess in the early twenties, full of Oxford enthusiasms; the ardent youth, Giulio; Marietta, that delightful child, puzzling over the problems into which she is plunged by the disaster which overtakes her beloved English instructress; the old Marchesa, whose hundredth birthday looms all through the book; above all perhaps the wise, patient Swiss governess – all these in turn claim our affection or our pity.

A Place to Stand by Ann Bridge
Set in Budapest in the spring of 1941, Hope – a spoilt but attractive society girl and daughter of a leading American business man – finds herself playing the lead in a dangerous and most unexpected affair of underground intrigue, through the machinations of her journalist fiancé. During the course of her activities she falls in love with a Polish refugee, and at the moment when Germany invades Hungary, she is already deeply involved – both emotionally and politically.

Children of the Archbishop by Norman Collins (Elaine just reviewed this yesterday)
A story of the unfolding secret of Margaret whose determination to be near and protect the orphan, Sweetie, is part of the crucial years at the Archbishop Bodkin Hospital. For Sweetie has set her heart on Ginger, and Ginger is geared only for trouble, while the new head, Dr. Trump, dreams of nothing but reforms when he replaces the loved, kindly Canon Mallow.

Lorimers at War by Anne Melville
Volume Three of the dramatic saga of the Lorimer Family

The Black Sheep by Ruby M. Ayres
Norma Ackroyd is the quintessential English country rose-pretty and rather innocent. But on the day her path crosses with that of the notorious womanizer from London, George Laxton, fate itself seemed determined to shatter her previously sheltered life.

The Lorimer Legacy by Anne Melville
Volume Two of the dramatic saga of the Lorimer Family

Since I’m currently out of town (I ran away to California again) and have a month-long trip to Europe coming up in June, having lots of new material on my e-reader is even more exciting than usual.  I rarely use it at home but when I’m on the road it’s my best friend.  Now if only all the Bloomsbury Reader Monica Dickens titles would get marked down I would really be set…

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