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Far From the Madding Crowd, by Thomas Hardy

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (Goodreads Synopsis Link) My rating: 5 of 5 stars They say all good tropes have a literary ancestry. I recall reading this quintessential “innocent country girl falls for philandering bad boy” story/trope years ago. Bathsheba Everdene was a (nowadays “badass”) country girl who inherited her late uncle’s […]

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A Room With a View, by E.M. Forster

A feast for the heart and the eyes! I was entranced by both the novel and the 1985 film adaptation.

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Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout

I love Lucy Barton like a close friend. I jumped at the chance to visit with Lucy in this captivating installment chronicling her later years.

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My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

This was my first introduction to Elizabeth Strout’s books, and I was hooked!

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North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Who doesn’t love to watch Richard Armitage raise his eyebrow and give you THAT LOOK!?!