TBR Thursday (on a Wednesday) 313 – The People’s Choice…

Episode 313

(A reminder of The People’s Choice plan. Once a month, I shall list the four oldest books on the TBR, then the next four, and so on, and each time you will select the one you think I should read, either because you’ve read and enjoyed it, or because you think the blurb looks good. And I will read the one you pick within three months! If I begin to fall behind, I’ll have a gap till I catch up again. In the event of a tie, I’ll have the casting vote.)

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OK, People, time for the next batch of four, all from 2018 and an interesting list this time, I think.  I like to run three months ahead with these polls, so the winner will be a April read. The Cottage at Hope Cove is the only romance novel on my list, added because it was highly recommended by another blogger I followed back then, who specialised in romance. I added Picnic at Hanging Rock because I loved the film and wanted to read the book, and it’s now on my new Classics Club list. Mrs Ritchie was added because I enjoyed another book by the same author. And Nine Coaches Waiting is another that was added on the basis of a fellow blogger’s recommendation, this time Helen at She Reads Novels. There are a couple here I’d really like to read and a couple I’ll be happy to move off my TBR, so you really can’t go wrong! 😉

I’m intrigued to see which one you pick…

Romance

The Cottage at Hope Cove by Hannah Ellis

Added 9th August 2018. 4,822 ratings on Goodreads, with a 4.34 average rating. 337 pages.

The Blurb says: Lizzie Beaumont has it all: a great career, a wealthy fiancé, and the wedding of her dreams just months away. But when her fiancé puts work before her again, she sets off for a week in the picturesque town of Hope Cove. She’s hoping for time away from the chaos to find herself.

Instead, she finds Max.

When the gorgeous guy next door asks her for decorating help, Lizzie finds herself all too eager to please. The week she expected to drag suddenly flies by, and before she knows it, she has to return to her other life. The life with the impending marriage and the fiancé she loves.

Or does she?

One week with Max has left her questioning her life choices. Is her fiancé the man of her dreams, or just the man who asked? Now Lizzie must decide what her life will be. Will she go for the safe and predictable route, or take a chance on a man she hardly knows? No matter what she does, someone’s heart is going to break. She just doesn’t want it to be hers.

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Classic Historical Fiction

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

Added 17th August 2018. 18,008 ratings on Goodreads, with a 3.69 average. 189 pages.

The Blurb says: It was a cloudless summer day in the year nineteen hundred.

Everyone at Appleyard College for Young Ladies agreed it was just right for a picnic at Hanging Rock. After lunch, a group of three of the girls climbed into the blaze of the afternoon sun, pressing on through the scrub into the shadows of Hanging Rock. Further, higher, till at last they disappeared.

They never returned.

Whether Picnic at Hanging Rock is fact or fiction the reader must decide for themselves.

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Scottish Fiction

Mrs Ritchie by Willa Muir

Added 6th October 2018. 1 rating on Goodreads, with a 5.00 average! 338 pages. 

The Blurb says: [FF says: For the first time ever, I can’t find a blurb for this book. Here’s an extract from the introduction in my copy instead.] Johnny and Annie’s marriage in Mrs Ritchie is also born out of deceit and disguise. The young Annie Rattray’s mask of gently wooing womanhood utterly blinds Johnny to the terrifying harridan within – and ultimately traps him into the baleful hell of a loveless and soul-destroying marriage. [FF says: Gosh! Despite this, Muir’s reputation is of a strong feminist, and that was certainly the feeling I had from her other novel.]

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Historical Suspense

Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart

Added 26th October 2018. 14,037 ratings on Goodreads, with a 4.04 average. 342 pages.

The Blurb says: A governess in a French chateau encounters an apparent plot against her young charge’s life in this unforgettably haunting and beautifully written suspense novel.

When lovely Linda Martin first arrives at Château Valmy as an English governess to the nine-year-old Count Philippe de Valmy, the opulence and history surrounding her seems like a wondrous, ecstatic dream. But a palpable terror is crouching in the shadows. Philippe’s uncle, Léon de Valmy, is the epitome of charm, yet dynamic and arrogant, his paralysis little hindrance as he moves noiselessly in his wheelchair from room to room. Only his son Raoul, a handsome, sardonic man who drives himself and his car with equally reckless abandon, seems able to stand up to him. To Linda, Raoul is an enigma, though irresistibly attracted to him, she senses some dark twist in his nature. When an accident deep in the woods nearly kills Linda’s innocent charge, she begins to wonder if someone has deadly plans for the young count.

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NB All blurbs and covers taken from Goodreads or Amazon UK.

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64 thoughts on “TBR Thursday (on a Wednesday) 313 – The People’s Choice…

  1. You’ve got some intriguing choices here, FictionFan! As always, I like the variety in your list. I’d actually like to read Mrs. Ritchie myself, so I found that blurb interesting. My vote, though, is for Picnic at Hanging Rock. It’s eerie and atmospheric, and has (I think) a solid sense of place. Whichever wins, I hope you’ll enjoy it.

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    • Mrs Ritchie intrigues me since I discovered I couldn’t find a blurb and it has only one rating on Goodreads! But I do have high hopes for Picnic at Hanging Rock – I loved the film back in the day.

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  2. You can probably guess which one I voted for. I apologise in advance if you hate it! My second choice would be Picnic at Hanging Rock, which I would like to read myself soon too.

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    • Haha, I never hold other people responsible for my occasional allergic reactions to books, but she does sound like an author I’d enjoy. Even if she doesn’t win, I really must make an effort to push the book up my priority list.

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    • It’s so long since I saw the film – back when it came out, in fact – that I only have vague memories of loving it, and it was definitely the atmosphere that got to me. It’s always intriguing to compare books and their films…

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    • Very kind! 😀 It will be nice to get off to a running start with my new CC list, and I’d like an excuse to rewatch the film. Mrs Ritchie is very odd – no blurb and only one rating on Goodreads! I’m seriously intrigued now – may have to read it whether it wins or not!

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  3. I’ve enjoyed the Mary Stewarts I’ve read but I vote Hanging Rock just because I saw it on a tv programme on ABC Australia a couple of weeks ago and the guide showing the host around seemed to suggest the events might have been real (in a wink wink way of course)

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    • When I saw the film back when it first came out, I’m pretty sure we all believed it was a true story – can’t remember now if that’s what the publicity told us. Now they seem to be much more ambiguous about whether it’s true or not, but either way I remember it being eerily atmospheric…

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    • Hahaha, well, I’m glad you voted for it because I hate to see any book not getting any votes… 😉 Seriously though, I do see the comfort reading aspect of romances, and I love Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances so I don’t know why I’ve got such a roadblock about romance as a genre. That’s why I got this one – but four years on it’s still waiting… 😉

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  4. Interesting mix this month. Mrs. Ritchie intrigues me, mainly because you can’t find a proper blurb, but I’ll go with the majority this month and vote for Picnic at Hanging Rock, I think it would be more to your taste, and would help you get into your new Classics Club list.

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    • Vote recorded – thank you! Mrs Ritchie is intriguing, not just the missing blurb but the fact that it has only one rating on Goodreads – I’ve never seen that with an older book before! Looks like Picnic is going to win and I’m very happy with that, but I may have to push Mrs Ritchie up the list too anyway…

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  5. I voted for Picnic at Hanging Rock. It sounds intriguing AND it’s very short! In my youth, I think I read almost everything Mary Stewart wrote, so hers would have been my second choice.

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    • I’ve never read anything by Mary Stewart – hadn’t even heard of her till I started reading book blogs! She does sound fun though – her blurbs always make me think of Georgette Heyer. But it looks like Picnic will win, and I’m very happy with that – one off my new CC list and a good reason to watch the film again… 😀

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  6. I voted for Picnic, but the romance sounds good, too. Lucky you, having a bunch of interesting options this time! I’ll be interested in reading your review to see if you found this one as interesting as its blurb.

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    • Looks like you’ll be in the winning team this time! I’ll be very happy to read Picnic and have a good excuse to watch the film again, but the romance does intrigue me too, just to see how it works for me. I like when the books are a good mix… 😀

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  7. Like many of your commentators, I voted for Picnic, it’s simply such an intriguing story. Like many, I’ve had it forever, have meant to read it but — haven’t gotten to it! I’ve read Stewart’s Nine Coaches and loved it but I was quite a bit younger when I did so and am not sure it would hold up. Mrs. Ritchies sounds very intriguing (and I haven’t head of WIlla Muir — will definitely check her out — thanks!). As you said, all of these look good, so you really are in a win-win situation, lucky girl!

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    • I saw and loved the film of Picnic when it came out, so that must be nearly fifty years ago and I’ve meaning to read the book ever since – I feel it’s well overdue now… 😉 I haven’t read any Mary Stewart but I always find her blurbs appealing, so I must try her one day soon even if she doesn’t win. And the same applies to Mrs Ritchie – the lack of a blurb and only one rating on Goodreads has left me seriously intrigued! Willa Muir only wrote one “well-known” novel, Imagined Corners, and even it is only well-known in the most restricted sense of the term. I enjoyed it, though. Apparently she spent most of her time translating to earn money to support her husband’s career – Edwin Muir – so I can understand why she felt a bit stridently feminist! She also wrote a fair amount of non-fiction, though, I believe.

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    • It’s looking like Picnic will win and I’m very happy with that – it’ll be nice to get off to a running start with my new CC list, and it’ll give me an excuse to watch the film again and see if I like it as much as I did nearly fifty years ago!

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  8. At first I was undecided between Picnic at Hanging Rock and Mrs Ritchie. I have visited Hanging Rock Reserve and it certainly has the atmosphere to support the Picnic story. However, I became less keen to read the book as I read more about it, and more interested in Mrs Ritchie, which seemed to be a flawed but complex and interesting story, so that has my vote.

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    • It looks like Picnic will win, and I’m very happy with that – it’ll give me an excuse to watch the film again and see if I like it as much as I did nearly fifty years ago! But Mrs Ritchie intrigues me too, especially since it seems to be blurbless and has only one rating on Goodreads – a real forgotten book, it seems! I must try to push it up my list even if it doesn’t win…

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    • Looks like it’s going to be a landslide for Picnic this month, and I’m happy with that – it’ll give me an excuse to watch the film again and see if I enjoy it as much as I did when it first came out!

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    • Looks like you’re going to be on the winning team this time! I’ll be happy if Picnic wins – I’ve been wanting to read it for years so this will be the nudge I need to finally take it off the shelf… 😀

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  9. Tricky one this month. I’m going for Picnic since it’s clearly going to win anyway and because it’s one I’ve been meaning to read for ages so maybe you’ll spur me on. But I’m intrigued by Mrs Ritchie and I’d love to hear your thoughts on the romance! A question occurs to me which you have probably answered already somewhere. 4 books each month, one wins and is read. Do the other 3 remain on the tbr?

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    • Looks like Picnic is going to win and I’m happy with that – it’ll give me an excuse to watch the film again and see if I enjoy it as much as I did nearly fifty years ago! But I agree that Mrs Ritchie is intriguing – the lack of a blurb and only one rating on Goodreads makes it a real forgotten book! Yes, the other three remain on the list, though I quite often find that I end up pushing one of the losers up the priority list because doing this has revived my enthusiasm for it. Overall I reckon I’ve ended up reading nearly twice as many of these older books as have won, if you see what I mean…

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    • Oh, that’s a pity! I loved the film when it just came out and as much as anything I want to read the book to give me the excuse to watch the film again and see if it still works as well for me nearly fifty years later! It’s definitely the atmosphere of the film that has stayed with me rather than the details of the story.

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  10. Well I’m in the majority with Picnic at Hanging Rock – this mystery intrigues me! I must say I’m a little shocked that you have that romance Hope Cove on your list, this seems very unlike you? Also I’m guessing she ends up with Max haha

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