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200% of Nothing by A.K. Dewdney
Cap'n Warren's Wards by Joseph C. Lincoln
The Cats of Moon Cottage by Marilyn Edwards
The Devil on Horseback by Victoria Holt
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krause Rosenthal
Far from the Tree by Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant
I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
I, Fatty by Jerry Stahl
Inca Gold by Clive Cussler
Lamb by Christopher Moore
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiel Hammett Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin
Sabine's Notebook by Nick Bantock
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend Signspotting by Lonely Planet Books
Simplify your Life by Elaine St James
Tales from Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett
Terminal Velocity by Bob Shaw
Typee by Herman Melville
Whizz Kids: Painting & Drawing by Moira Chesmur

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F is for Farmers' Market
Family Update
Harriet
Living on Two Hours of Sleep
Settling in as a Family of Four
Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back
Tomorrow
An Update on My Recovery
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Comments for The Devil on Horseback

The Devil on HorsebackThe Devil on Horseback: 09/01/06

The Devil on Horseback is a prime example of what Evans was trying to avoid in The Locket. The protagonist, Minelle, stupidly follows a lecherous comte from England to France and of course falls in love with him. Yuck! He's not much better than a child molester when he first meets her. I only kept reading it for the B plot involving the comte's daughter and her growth to adulthood. She was a more interesting character in that she actually acted on her impulses and tried to take control of her life rather than waffling over big decisions.

Here is my BookCrossing review:

The Devil on Horseback is so full of clichés, I'm not sure where to begin. It has the "strong" somehow well educated peasant woman who is stubborn. Though she follows the equally stubborn. and hot headed nobleman around Europe she vows never to fall for him, until of course, she does even though he gives her no reason for her to fall in love! Blah. I only put up with that crap with Emerson and Peabody because Peters's mystery series is a parody. To read it in such an earnest presentation here is frustrating.

Besides her hate suddenly turning to love problem, the so-called smart protagonist is completely blind to the traitors around her. She doesn't even come close to solving the mysterious pre revolutionary plots happening around the chateau. I had it all figured out a good hundred pages before other characters had to spell it out to her in small words.

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