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La Deetda Reads Top Reads in 2013

Deet’s Best of The Best Reads for 2013

There are two on this list that were not published this year but I just found the time to read them.  The others were published this year.  Of course, there are many good books out there.  I have enjoyed many more than are on this list. (You can see all of my favorites by clicking on the header above “Deet’s Favorite Reads”)  This list is, in my opinion, the best of the best that I have read out of a total of 134 books since last January.  If you want a good read, you can’t go wrong with any of these. Now in no particular order…..drum-roll please…

The Rosie Project by Grame Simsion,  reviewed  September 13, 2013

The Rosie Project

The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan, reviewed  July 19, 2013

(Brothers Sinister Series)

The Heiress Effect

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes, reviewed September 2, 2013

The girl You Left Behind

It Happened One Midnight by Julie Anne Long, reviewed August 30, 2013

(Pennyroyal Green Series)

It Happened One Midnight

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean, reviewed February 6, 2013

(The Rule of Scoundrels Series)

One Good Earl deserves a Lover

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, reviewed February 27, 2013

Pride and Prejudice

About Last Night by Ruthie Knox, reviewed April 12, 2013

About Last Night

Untie My Heart by Judith Ivory, reviewed July 29, 2013

Untie My Heart

To find my review of each you can go to the month of the review in the “Archives”  to the left or you can put the title or the author in the “search” box.



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Celebrate Jane Austen’s Birthday with eBooks for $1.99!

Celebrate Jane Austen’s 236th Birthday with eBooks for $1.99!
(December 13-December 30, 2011)

The Darcy of your dreams is just a click away! This promotion gives you Darcy as a tortured vampire, a modern day rock star, a Texas rancher and anything and everything in between. Purchase them all while you can – like Darcy’s good opinion, once this promotion is over, it may be lost forever…

(These are sequels and take-offs on Austen novels, not novels by Jane herself.)

Here is where you will find the sale, just click:


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Great lines of romance from books

I am a romantic.  Yes, I know all the arguments about infatuation and its pit falls but when I read a character’s declaration of love my heart just sighs.  No, that’s not quite right, because I literally give a big sigh.  There have been modern declarations in books but the classics also hold some real winners.  Here is a sampling that makes it clear why they are classics:


Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell:

“You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”


Persuasion by Jane Austen:

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you.”


Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos:

“Now, I’m not going to deny that I was aware of your beauty. But the point is, this has nothing to do with your beauty. As I got to know you, I began to realise that beauty was the least of your qualities. I became fascinated by your goodness. I was drawn in by it. I didn’t understand what was happening to me. And it was only when I began to feel actual, physical pain every time you left the room that it finally dawned on me: I was in love, for the first time in my life. I knew it was hopeless, but that didn’t matter to me. And it’s not that I want to have you. All I want is to deserve you. Tell me what to do. Show me how to behave. I’ll do anything you say.”


Stop All The Clocks by W.H. Auden:

“He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest.”


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte:

“Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear.”


David Copperfield by Charles Dickens:

“She was more than human to me. She was a Fairy, a Sylph, I don’t know what she was – anything that no one ever saw, and everything that everybody ever wanted. I was swallowed up in an abyss of love in an instant. There was no pausing on the brink; no looking down, or looking back; I was gone, headlong, before I had sense to say a word to her.”

Do you have a favorite romantic quote?  Did any of these make you sigh?






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Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817)

Today marks the anniversary of Jane Austen’s death 194 years ago, she was 41 years old.  Last week a 64 page fragment of an unfinished work sold at Sotheby’s for the U.S. equivalent of $1.6 million dollars.

“The Watsons, written in about 1804, fetched £993,250 at Sotheby’s to a round of applause. It had been expected to reach £200,000-£300,000.”(From The Guardian http://tinyurl.com/6hznb2s  )

The Watson’s by Jane Austen.  It is presumed to have been written between “Northanger Abbey” and “Mansfield Park”.  It was abandoned, it is thought, because the plot was too close to Austen’s own life.  It was about a Clergyman and his daughters who are left destitute when he dies.  Austen’s own clergyman father died while she was writing The Watsons and she was forced to live with her brother and his family which was not a pleasant situation for her.

Jane realized very little money from the publication of her works.  She lived with her mother and sister at the behest of her brothers who chipped in to help support them.  It wasn’t until after her death that her name was attributed to her novels.  It is unclear the actual cause of her death, some say Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Addison’s Disease or a recurrent for of Typhus which she had as a child.

Jane published four novels during her lifetime:

Sense and Sensibility (1811)

Pride and Prejudice (1813)

Mansfield Park (1814)

Emma (1816

Two novels were published in 1818 after her death:

Northanger Abbey


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