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Sunny Sundays at Primrose Hall by Jill Steeples #Review

  I am delighted to be on the tour to celebrate a return to Primrose Hall. Sunny Sundays at Primrose Hall by Jill Steeple was published by Boldwood Books on April 15th.   Primrose Hall is more than Jackson Moody and his fiancĂ©e Pia’s home – it’s the heart of the community. The Sunday craft fairs in the renovated stables are a popular draw for the locals and tourists alike, enticed by the beautiful surroundings of Primrose Woods as well as the irresistible goodies on display. But for Sophie Wright they’re a chance to forge a new life and a new business. After leaving behind a turbulent relationship, Sophie is starting again – and romance is the last thing on her mind. Drop dead gorgeous Tom Moody, Lord of the Manor Jackson’s newly-discovered older brother, is loving being a member of the Primrose Hall community. Content to muck in where he can be helpful, he’s just happy to be part of the family. But when tragedy strikes, Pia needs Tom more than he ever expected. And when Tom ne

The Classics Club

Well now that I've discovered The Classics Club, I've just had to have a go. Basically you challenge yourself to read your way through a list of 50 classics over 5 years and review them. I'm hoping to read a classic every alternate book, so what better than to join in! I'm aiming to do this by the end of December 2020. The hardest part was pruning the list and I am sure that I will tweak it as I go along. 

Here it is:

  1. Atwood, Margaret: A Handmaid's Tale
  2. Austen, Jane: Emma
  3. Austen Jane: Lady Susan Review 17th June 2016
  4. Austen, Jane: Persuasion
  5. Austen, Jane: Sanditon
  6. Austen, Jane: Sense and Sensibility
  7. Austen, Jane: The Watsons
  8. Bennett, Alan: The Uncommon Reader
  9. Burnett, Frances Hodgson: The Secret Garden
  10.  Bronte, Anne: Agnes Grey
  11. Bronte, Charlotte:Jane Eyre Review 21st April 2016
  12. Bronte Selected Poetry (all) Review 11th January 2016
  13.  Dostoevesky, Fyodor: The Brothers Karamazov
  14.  Dickens, Charles: Our Mutual Friend
  15.  Eliot George: Adam Bede
  16.  Eliot, George: Felix Holt, the Radical
  17.  Eliot, George: Romola
  18.   Fitzgerald, F. Scott: Tender is the Night
  19.    Forster, E.M.: Room With a View
  20.   Forster, E.M.: Where Angels Fear to Tread
  21.  Gaskell, Elizabeth: Mary Barton
  22.  Gaskell, Elizabeth: North and South
  23.  Gaskell, Elizabeth: Ruth
  24.  Gaskell, Elizabeth: Sylvia’s Lovers
  25.  Gaskell, Elizabeth: The Life of Charlotte Bronte
  26.  Gaskell, Elizabeth: Wives and Daughters
  27.  Golding, William: Lord of the Flies
  28.  Hardy, Thomas: A Pair of Blue Eyes
  29.  Hardy, Thomas: Desperate Remedies
  30.  Hardy, Thomas: Return of the Native
  31.  Hardy, Thomas:Selected Poems Review 4th March 2016
  32.   Mansfield, Katherine: The Garden Party & Other Stories
  33.   Ishiguro, Kazuo: Remains of the Day
  34.  James, Henry: Daisy Miller
  35.  James, Henry: Roderick Hudson
  36.  James, Henry: The Ambassadors
  37.  James, Henry: The Aspern Papers
  38.   James, Henry: The Bostonians
  39.  James, Henry: The Portrait of a Lady
  40.   James, Henry: Washington Square
  41.   James, Henry: What Maisie Knew
  42.   Plath, Sylvia: The Bell Jar
  43.  Rhys, Jean: Wide Sargasso Sea 
  44.  Trollope, Anthony: Barchester Towers
  45.  Wilder, Thornton: Our Town
  46.  Wollstonecraft, Mary: A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  47.  Woolf, Virginia: The Year
  48.   Woolf, Virginia: A Room of One’s Own
  49.  Woolf, Virginia: Mrs. Dalloway
  50.  50.  Woolf, Virginia: To the Lighthouse

Why did I choose these books? Well, some I wanted to re read like the Henry James ones. 
Others I've always fancied reading- such as Mary Wollstonecraft and Jean Rhys.
I'm hoping to link some to an event the Classics Club are running next year:The Women's Classic Literature Event. (more of that later)

Where shall I start? Any comments anybody?



  1. So many Gaskells, Austens, Brontes and Woolfs!! I? Think you should start with Sense and Sensibility, for some holiday cheer (and because your name is Marianne, so it's a must), then A Room of One's Own, for some excellent literary foundation, then North and South for some wintry joy which is a little dark in places, then start your 2016 with A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, because that is the best way to start any 2016. :)

    Lovely blog and lovely list. Best wishes, Marianne!!

    1. Thank you so much! I love all your ideas plus I am eyeing up a readalong for Emma as it is its 200 year anniversary in December. (Emma in the Snow at Thanks for your lovely comments, I am still new to blogging but so far, I love it. You are right that I have put quite a few Gaskells and I am hoping to visit her house in Manchester which has been reopened and looks great.

      Kind regards, Marianne

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