Barbara Erskine Message Board

SueR posts on 11/7/2005 5:08:39 AM Hi Pat. Bore Da from a sunny Wales. I can recommend Alexandra Raife, love her books on escape, mostly her characters seem to end up in Scotland, I wonder why? Love Rosamund Pilger as well and I've read all of Maeve Binchy. I also love Katie Fforde they make me laugh out loud and I can't turn the pages fast enough! Also anything by Diana Gabaldon she is a genius, and Sharon Kay Penman and Edith Pargetter, sometimes you need something meaty/ historical to get your brain reeling! Christine Marion Fraser is another one, the list could go on and on, happy reading! Kindest Regards Sue.
Pat posts on 11/6/2005 7:10:09 PM I am new to this board, love all your inputs on Barbara Erskine. I recently came across two books by Barbara Erskine, Lady of Hay and Kingdom of Shadows that I have kept because I loved them. I started searching for her other books and was pleasantly surprised to find how many she has written and have ordered several. I just finished reading the last of the Catherine Cookson books and believe I have read almost all the books she wrote. She has been my all time favorite author especially her historically based books. I have been looking for another author to read as I am partial to female English, Irish or Scottish writers. I came across a book from Sara McDonald, Sea Music, in a tiny books store in Newburyport, Massachusetts. The books is wonderful and have yet to read The Hour before Time and Another Life that I have recently ordered by her. I have also read all of Rosamunde Pilcher's books and Maeve Binchy's books as well. If anyone has suggestions of femal English, Irish or Scottish writers, I would love to hear from you.
SueR posts on 11/5/2005 5:43:08 AM Thanks Ivy, enjoy Child of the Phoenix, its my favourite, I have been to many of the sites in North Wales and return again and again She brings her characters to life with amazing storylines. I am going to settle down with a good book this weekend too! Have a good weekend, Best Wishes from a very wet Wales! Sue.

Ivy posts on 11/5/2005 12:31:39 AM Hi Sue R! Glad to share the info! The same site gives a release date of August 2006. I agree with you about "House of Echoes" being scary. Scary is a mild term. I found it bone-chillingly terrifying! After reading your post, I am looking forward to "Hiding from the Light". I like Ms. Erskine's versatility - terror, history, romance - she does it all well! I'm only about half way through her book list and enjoying each book more than the last one. I will be starting a new one this weekend. HHHMMM, maybe "Child of the Phoenix"? ? ? Ivy
SueR posts on 11/4/2005 5:42:09 AM Hi Ivy. Thanks for the reply. Shall look forward to the book very much, how much longer do we have to wait do you know please? Best Wishes Sue.
Ivy posts on 11/4/2005 12:16:59 AM I read on a bibliography site that the history segment of "Daughters of Fire" will be set in Roman Britain. In the segment set in present time, there will be three female characters affected by this history. With Ms. Erskine's knowledge of history and her story-telling style, I know it will be a "must read" for me. If anybody knows any more about the book, please share. Ivy
SueR posts on 10/31/2005 6:16:14 AM Hi! What will the new book be about do we know? I have to say I didn't like the Egyptian ones as much as the first books, interesting though. Hiding from the Light scared me to death along with Midnight is a Lonely Place and House of Echoes. But my all time favourites are Child of the Phoenix, Kingdom of Shadows and Lady of Hay. She brought the history of Wales alive for me, and I began to see Llywelyn as a real man, moved on then to Sharon Penman and Edith Pargetter. Are there any other authors who have brought Llywelyn to life do you know please? Happy reading everyone, at the moment I needed a little light reading after finishing Diana Gabaldons. 'A Breath of Snow and Ashes! so I;m on Elizabeth Elgins 'A Summer at Deers Leap' I highly recommend it, I'm hooked! Hwyl wrth Sue in Wales.
Sara posts on 10/28/2005 1:54:56 PM The first Barbara Erskine I read was "Lady of Hay" I thought it was fantastic, until I read Child of the Phoenix, which I have re-read again and again over the past few years. Also Kingdom of Shadows, stunning writing. The other books are superb, of course but Phoenix must be the best book written ever!!! Eagerly awaiting her next booknext Summer. I also enjoy Sharon Penman, the books about Simon, Nell and Llewelyn(s) taught me more about history than school ever did!!!! Anyone recommend anyone else on the same lines? Sara from south coast of england
catriona posts on 10/14/2005 3:28:01 PM I love her books was disappointed with Whispers in the Sand as fely it did not have enough depth. Cant wait for her next novel. Sue - I also love sharon penman and have managed to get everyone of her novels and read each one in order cant wait for the next one!!
Ivy posts on 10/6/2005 11:31:24 PM I have just started reading "On the Edge of Darkness". That book has grabbed me and won't let go! I am to the point where Adam has left for college and Brid has has paid a visit to the housekeeper. Oh My Gosh!!! I have to hurry and get some laundry started so I can get back to reading! Bye, all!
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