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A Lifetime Burning
by Linda Gillard | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wingCassiopaeiawing of Cardiff, Wales United Kingdom on 12/13/2007
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by CdnBlueRose): to be read


12 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingCassiopaeiawing from Cardiff, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, December 13, 2007

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From the cover

'If you asked my sister-in-law why she hated me, she'd say it was because I seduced her precious firstborn then tossed him onto the sizable scrap-heap marked "Flora's ex-lovers". But she'd be lying. That isn't why Grace hated me. Ask my brother Rory...'


First Copy of A Lifetime Burning

This second copy of A Lifetime Burning kindly sent by the author will now start travelling. You will find the other copy by clicking on the link above.

guinaveve, Mason, Ohio, US
acountkel, Charlotte, North Carolina, US
ariesgirl29, Cordova, Tennessee, US
jmsmom, Newalla, Oklahoma, US
spaceystacey, Bridgeton, New Jersey, US
FeralReader, Davis, California, US
TopazCat, Jackson, Florida, US
imuzaki12, Key West, Florida, US
Tori58, Shawano, Wisconsin, US
nicolesinger, Newport, N.Carolina, US
FeralReader, Davis, California, US
 


Journal Entry 2 by wingCassiopaeiawing from Cardiff, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, December 18, 2007

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Sent Airmail to guinaveve on 14th December. 


Journal Entry 3 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Thursday, December 20, 2007

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Arrived today! I am going to finish my current read and start this. I will PM acountkel right now so that I have her address ready when I finish this book.
Thanks for sharing it Cassiopaeia! 


Journal Entry 4 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Wednesday, January 02, 2008

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Wow, what a captivating book! I was a little worried at first because the story jumped around in time a lot and switched from Flo's first person perspective to a third person perspective. It thought it was going to be confusing, but I quickly kept it all straight and found that the non-continuous timeline and two perspectives made the book even more engaging.
The subject matter of the story was very taboo but sensuously written. It was a sad tale but not depressing.
Thanks for sharing it with me, Cassiopaeia. I sent it on today to the next participant. 


Journal Entry 5 by guinaveve at by postal services in Sent by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, January 02, 2008

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Released 9 yrs ago (1/2/2008 UTC) at by postal services in Sent by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases

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Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 6 by acountkel from Charlotte, North Carolina USA on Monday, January 07, 2008

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Received today.
Will get to it as soon as I can.
Thanks for including me. 


Journal Entry 7 by acountkel from Charlotte, North Carolina USA on Thursday, January 24, 2008

10 out of 10

This author is starting to really grow on me. And why hasn’t she been picked up by an American Publisher? (This book isn't even on Amazon) This lady is really good. This book was a cross between a V.C Andrews and Anne Rivers Siddons. A very tangled story about love and family but with a twist. An evil twist. There were several parts that stood out for me. Hugh’s speech to Rory in the hospital was memorable. I loved the wildlife journal. It makes me want to start one. Being a music lover, I loved Ettie’s lecture to Rory about music. “Music doesn’t need you, it’s you who needs the music. Never forget what you owe the music and always treat it with respect. It has been lent to you for a while. For your lifetime. You don’t own it so don’t play as if you do.” Words I will never forget. I also enjoyed Flora’s description on how to play Gertrude and Hamlet in the closet scene. This is a book I will not forget. It is very well written and I am so glad I had the opportunity to read it. This author is going to be added to my favorites list.

I have the next person's address and will drop in the mail within the next day or so. 


Journal Entry 8 by ariesgirl29 from South Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Tuesday, January 29, 2008

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Got this in the mail today - thanks for including me! I have one book ahead of it and will get right on it!

02.19.08 - sent jmsmom a PM to send to her.

02.24.08 - I have been having problems with my PMs so sent her a new one today - I hope it's getting through... It was my PM problem since she indicated that she had already responded to my first one, sorry jm! 


Journal Entry 9 by ariesgirl29 from South Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Sunday, February 24, 2008

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On it's way to jmsmom - enjoy! dc03071790000543257421 


Journal Entry 10 by jmsmom from Newalla, Oklahoma USA on Saturday, March 01, 2008

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received in todays mail. Will pm spaceystacey for address and hopefully have it read and off in a couple weeks. 


Journal Entry 11 by jmsmom from Newalla, Oklahoma USA on Wednesday, March 12, 2008

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At times I found it difficult to follow the way the author jumped back and forth between years. Part of the time it didn't bother me and I could follow it. Other times I would have to stop and think what it was before or after or I would get confused. It was a good and well written book. The only book I've ever read dealing with that subject matter. Hope to get it off to spaceystacey tomorrow. 


Journal Entry 12 by jmsmom at bookring in -- BookRing, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Thursday, March 13, 2008

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book is off to spaceystacey. DC 03071790000450244170 


Journal Entry 13 by spaceystacey from Bridgeton, New Jersey USA on Thursday, March 20, 2008

10 out of 10

Received in the post yesterday: Label/Receipt Number: 0307 1790 0004 5024 4170 Status: Delivered
Your item was delivered at 11:22 AM on March 19, 2008 in BRIDGETON, NJ 08302, however I was out of state all night and did not retrieve it from the mailbox until 1 a.m. I have pm'ed the next reader on the list for their address already. Thank you for including me in this read.

This book was one that had I really known the subject matter before I signed up for it, I would never have read. The pain and suffering of this family of characters is something that I will not soon forget. Interesting the beginning of the book tells you the ending of the long journey. The chapters that follow, detail that journey.

 


Journal Entry 14 by FeralReader from Davis, California USA on Monday, April 28, 2008

8 out of 10

Arrived in the post when I was in San Francisco on April 25th. Thanks for forwarding it, spaceystacey. I love the "plain brown wrapper." Will read soon!

I really enjoyed reading this unique and well-crafted novel.
Had to quit before finishing the story as I was heading off on vacation and wanted to mail it forward without delay.
Thanks for sharing it with us, Cassiopaeia! 


Journal Entry 15 by TopazCat from Jacksonville, Florida USA on Saturday, May 24, 2008

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Arrived safely in the mail today. Will start reading asap, and will PM the next person in line. 


Journal Entry 16 by TopazCat from Jacksonville, Florida USA on Tuesday, May 27, 2008

9 out of 10

Wow, this was a book that grabbed me by the throat and didn't let go until, well, it still hasn't and I finished it a day ago. I'm glad I didn't know the subject matter until I held it in my hands because, to be honest, I might not have asked to read it. Ms. Gillard was able to take a very delicate subject and make you care about the pain and suffering it was causing this family. The beginning of the book tells you the ending but the journey between the first and last page is worth taking. I needed quite a few tissues during the reading of this book.

Will pack up and mail by the end of the week - will journal and PM Imuzak12 when it goes to the PO. 


Journal Entry 17 by TopazCat at Bookray in Key West, Florida -- Controlled Releases on Friday, June 06, 2008

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Placed in the mail today to imuzaki12. Apologies for the late mail, was under the weather and unable to get to the post office. I hope she enjoys this book as much as I did... 


Journal Entry 18 by imuzak12 from Virginia Beach, Virginia USA on Tuesday, June 10, 2008

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I received this book yesterday@Key West, Florida, USA. Thank you Cassiopaeia for sharing this book, and thank you TopazCat for mailing this to me. I am going to read it ASPS.
 


Journal Entry 19 by imuzak12 from Virginia Beach, Virginia USA on Wednesday, July 02, 2008

8 out of 10

By the time I read the two third of this book, I was a little overwhelmed of what was going on in this family. Why it was “a little” was because this book was beautifully written. It was very emotional and agonizing story. It was not the book I usually pick up, but I am glad that I read this one.

I am going to mail to the next person. DC# 0308-0070-0001-4748-8387 


Journal Entry 20 by Tori58 on Monday, July 07, 2008

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I received it today and am looking forward to reading it! 


Journal Entry 21 by Tori58 on Friday, July 18, 2008

10 out of 10

What a wonderfully well-written book! This difficult subject matter could have been miserable and tawdry but, in Gillard's hands, it's a moving and beautiful story.

I'm a musician and pianist, so I especially loved the discourse on what separates a good pianist from a truly great pianist. And I felt Rory's anguish on a very personal level.

But the character I loved the most was Hugh. When he was introduced, I thought he was going to be a vastly different character than he turned out to be. He's one of those characters who I wish was a real person so I could sit down and talk with him!

I'll definitely be reading more Linda Gillard. (And thank you, Cassiopaeia, for putting this out as a bookring; I would have never read her otherwise.) I notice that, although she's not on Amazon in this country some of the smaller booksellers that sell through Amazon have some of her books.

I'm sending this book on to nicolesinger today. 


Journal Entry 22 by nicolesinger from Newport, North Carolina USA on Wednesday, July 23, 2008

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It's here! And I'm going to have to have a talk with my mail carrier, who left it sitting on the porch in the heat and humidity... We were here all morning, she could have just knocked! And with all the rain we've been having, too! Luckily, it seems to be just fine.

I'm about halfway through a library book and expect to be done in a day or two. This will be up next! Thanks for sharing it with me. 


Journal Entry 23 by nicolesinger from Newport, North Carolina USA on Sunday, July 27, 2008

7 out of 10

Boy, I hate it when I'm the lone dissenter in a group... A Lifetime Burning really didn't do much for me. I had a hard time believing in the depth of the twins' bond, even at an early age - not that I don't think twins can have a special bond, but in this case I really wasn't feeling it. And so everything that followed, while it was well-plotted, didn't really ring true for me.

And there was *so much* piled on top, so many unfulfilled hopes and doomed relationships... my feeling was, "What a soap opera!" I'm sure Gillard was going for Shakespearean tragedy (witness the plays she chose to involve Flora with) but I'm not a big fan of those either.

I did appreciate how, after all the turmoil, life settled into an equilibrium and people got along and even became friends, just because they were thrown together and had to deal with each other. I thought the book was well-written, though it could have been a little more sequential. I don't usually rate books on the 1-10 scale, but I gave this one a 7. Good, but not for me.

I have FeralReader's address and will try to get this in the mail tomorrow. Thanks for including me in the ring! 


Journal Entry 24 by FeralReader from Davis, California USA on Monday, August 04, 2008

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This book arrived today on its second visit; thanks nicolesinger! I'm looking forward to reading "....the rest of the story...." 


Journal Entry 25 by CdnBlueRose from Arvada, Colorado USA on Friday, September 18, 2009

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Wishlist book received today from FeralReader - thank you! 


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