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Old Nov 27 2004, 08:47 PM   #1
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I haven;t read them all, but so far my vote goes to "The Year of the Lucy".... strong characters and a totally believable plot line.
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Year of the Lucy made me a bit emotional, so while it was good, its not my favorite. I think I'm going to have to go with Stitch in Snow.
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I'd have a hard time picking between The Year of the Lucy and Stitch in Snow. The Lady is high on my list as well.
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I've only read The Lady, so can't really judge
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Old Nov 29 2004, 06:37 PM   #5
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What Kath said. I'd vote, but I've only read "The Lady." Though I did rather like it. Especially as my brother keeps nagging me to take a riding vacation in Ireland like he did. (Yeah, like I'm going to have time with culinary school--I get four weeks of vacation, and that's it, out of 15 months.) It probably WOULD still be my favorite, but I can't really say.

I did see "The Year of the Lucy" in the library up at work, but I had only a week or so to go by the time I thought to look for it, so no time. I've never seen any of the others, in bookstores, used bookstores, or libraries.
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Think I agree with Pam....Stitch In Snow is my favorite. I always felt it was a "touch" biographical...plus it was the first romance/mystery of Anne's I read. Was lucky I started reading Anne in the 1970s....could get her books as they came out in HB...
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Stitch in Snow isn't really a romance - doesn't she call it a fairy tale for adults?

I haven't read many of her non-SF novels, but I loved Stitch in Snow
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I think Stitch In Snow is my favorite romance. The Lady has a little bit of romance but not enough for me to really call it a romance. (tho I do enjoy the book, I love horses and this one's full of 'em!)
Another favorite 'romance' is The Mark of Merlin. That book is really enjoy able to read, for some reason. I also like the Kilternan Legacy, the twins are great! I like Ring of Fear but it's not a big hit with me. Dice and Juggern... er Orpheo are wonderful animals!
The Year of the Lucy is in it's own category. I love how Mirelle grows throughout this book.
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I haven't read Year of the Lucy. I've read the others. I like The Lady best, then The Kilternan Legacy. I don't really remember Stitch in Snow, although it's hard now to picture someone being allowed to bring knitting on board an airplane! You could hijack a plane with those needles! I like Mark of Merlin all right, especially Wizard the dog. I really don't like Ring of Fear very much.

A few years ago I bought The Kilternan Legacy off the library sale table for 50 cents. Later I noticed that it was a signed special edition copy!
Can't remember the edition but it has a soft, almost velvety cover.
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Ah, that'd be the Brandywyne edition, and the signed version is limited to 200 copies. There was also an unsigned version of 300 copies.
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I'd have to go along with "the Lucy" crowd, great book!
Although The Kilternan legacy is good, also.
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Brenda, great purchase!!! Those Brandywyne editions are hard to come by! I bought the set of three and when I got them one of them was still in the original shrinkwrap! I was so surprised! And I didn't realize they were signed until I got them either. What a wonderful surprise!
Wish I could find deals like that tho, Brenda! Good for you!
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Year of the Lucy wins for me, hands down.
While Stitch in Snow is a nice book I don't really rate it highly.

The thing with both books is they make me wondering how autobiographic tidbits and material they contain... but I dare not ask
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I still maintain that "The Carradyne Touch" (aka "The Lady" for those on the other side of the Pond ) is my favourite non sci-fi or fantasy by Anne
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I've gotten some great books from the table at the library - that one had been in the library and they were getting rid of it. I wish I could've seen the look on my face when I noticed the signature in the front!
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I've gotten some great books from the table at the library - that one had been in the library and they were getting rid of it. I wish I could've seen the look on my face when I noticed the signature in the front!
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I'd have to say "The Carradyne Touch" is my favorite non-fantasy novel. For some reason I was never really taken by Stitch in Snow, maybe because it was the hardest for me to find. lol
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Just making sure, but isn't "The Carradyne Touch" the same book as "The Lady", just a different title?
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I like them all, but "Lucy" is my favorite, and "Ring of Fear" feels a bit pot-boiler-ish. But: even Mozart had off days.
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Does Masterharper of Pern count?

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That must be a different edition than mine
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I just read them all... just finished actually.

I enjoyed Mark of Merlin.

Ring of Fear bordered on porn.

Kilternan Legacy was interesting, aunt Irene got the last laugh in her Queendom.

Stitch in snow was a nice romance.

Year of the lucy
made me sick. An American sculptress who's sire is a famous artist and mother a singer,gets punished because her parents weren't married. (take a look around the village sometime) Gives up on the pianist that understands her talent, to stay with the hubby who beats her for having an opinion? no wonder the abused go back! "Its ok, I really shouldn't have made him mad" who's the bastard in this story? the only enderment is the friendship of lucy that was remembered and shared. I guess because he told his mother off and is home more all is forgiven?

The Lady AKA The Carradyn Touch
I liked the way Anne let all the characters tell the story in this one.


erm what the heck happened to restoree?! all these strong women in the sci fi, then beaten/co-dependants in the romances! All I have confirmed reading these books was:
#1 I don't like riding english
#2 I am proud to be a 4 gen YANK
#3 All yanks wish they were Irish? blarney! the only yanks that want to be Irish are catholic. We had to take a french name in the states to be treated civil. My great grandda tryed to stoup the Irish right out of us.
#4 I am glad thats over no its back to sci fi. Romance is not my genre
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Mender, I reacted similarly the first time I read Year of the Lucy. Five years later, I was able to understand and accept the story. It's not your typical romance because she doesn't choose the dashing pianist. Instead she works on her marriage, as does her husband (as I recall). I also think it's an overstatement to say her husband beats her, though I know that's the impression I got too the first time reading it. In the book it was a one time thing, and largely accidental as I recall (when I finally re-read the book, I was looking for the scene when he slugs her and found it was not at all as I had remembered it; something about it gives false impressions I think). Which doesn't mean it's still not serious and doesn't need to be addressed, but it is quite different from chronic abuse.
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On the advise of a few friends...I am reading "The Lady", and I am finding that it is like getting to read a new Anne McCaffrey book. I haven't finished it yet...but getting close now....can't wait to read how it ends. I do know already that anyone that loves horses should read this book.
We use to own three grand horses(all western), and not since those long gone days have I remembered so much and completly enjoyed my memories of my old horse days.
I know that at first I wanted to take Patricia aside and tell her to calm down...but then realized she and I had way to much in common...and since have tried to calm my own over-exuberant American ways!!! LOL...

Finished it "WOW" what and ending...I LOVE THIS BOOK...and I recomend it most heartily!!!

P.S. I can't wait to read the rest of Anne's so called romances...
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When I had horses I rode "English" and did a lot of jumping. I enjoyed the horsey references in The Lady but I don't think the book is really meant to be about horses; they were just a comfy backdrop to give the story a believable setting (and one Anne herself knew a thing or two about!). I think this book is really daring and brings up a lot of social, political and religious issues that are still being debated today.
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The trouble with the "conservative" parts of the Republic of Ireland is that fourty years down the line (the book being set in the sixties) these same debates are going on and getting nowhere. The same seminary trained celibate priests are still droning on at the women about their marital duties and suffering for the privilige of bearing children.
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It had been going on a lot more than 40 years when Anne wrote that book. In spite of her efforts, I think we can expect it to go on a lot more than 40 years more.
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I think it was Socrates (or one of them old geezers) who said "If you want to change a man; start with his Grandfather."
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I know I'm probably a bit late commenting on any of Anne's Romances, but I just read Stitch in Snow for the first time, and I wish she'd written a whole lot more along that same line. I enjoyed it, it was a nice day's read.

I also just finished reading The Kilternan Legacy. Another very enjoyable read, and again I wish there were more!
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I've finally finished *Year of the Lucy*...Better late than never. It was excellent reading. It was also such a lovely treat and so much fun to have a new story from Anne [for me] to read and enjoy. I am not much for romances...but I really enjoyed this and the other of Anne's romances that I have read so far. I would most heartily recommend this book of Anne's.
The one part of the story that some others might also have a problem with is the attitude of the late 50s and early 60s...it was very different in those days, concerning some things that we all take for granted today...like parentage, divorce and physical abuse in families.
When I was a young girl in school, it was normal to hear about someones Father or Mother smacking [hiting] a kid across the face so hard that they thought their head would fall off...not as funny as it sounds today. And this type of instant punishments were for any number of things, that today you might give your child a *time out* for. You would even hear joking comments among your school friends about who's Father or Mother could hit harder. It wasn't odd, to hear some kid make a comment about his Father giving his Mother a smack across the face either...in those days some men thought it was their right as the head of the family to dish out punishments to anyone and everyone...Mothers included.
I think some parts of this story, could help some generations understand their older generations better.
I certainly wouldn't call Mirelle a coward, or stupid for staying with her at time abusive husband...in those days it just wasn't something most wives got a divorce over...in those days you did just what she did...stayed and worked it out...hoping for the best.
From what our Grandparents and Parents went through or put up with in those years...is what has given us all a better understanding of what marriage should be like...a partnership between to people, with dignity and understanding and trust. Its to bad that some people still haven't learned that yet...maybe some day physical abuse will be a very distant memory of some very sad past experiences of our ancestors.
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My favorite romance story is Ring of Fear, which is part of the novel, Three Women.

I like this story because it tells of a woman, Nialla, who despite everything continues to go after her dream. This story for me also includes the classic hero who comes in to save the day, despite protest by Nialla that she can take care of herself. I like reading stories were the leading lady needs to be rescued, but is also somebody who can take care of herself most other times! Afterall, everyone needs someone to recuse them when the time calls.
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Uni...I certainly agree....even Lessa needed to be rescued by F'lar...and she was one of the most independant/stong minded woman I have ever read about.
I think most women enjoy having a man come to their aid, at least once in a while...especially when changing tires, fixing your car...or plumbing your pipes...
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Am I reading this correctly? There is another "romance" novel called Ring of Fear, or is it Three Women? Either way, I don't have them and should start looking as the romance novels are some of my favorites.
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