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  1. Well I picked the book up on Sunday afternoon... and finished it yesterday! (An indication that I enjoyed it ) It isn't the sort of book I'd usually buy, I'm not entirely aure I've read a historical book before, which I'm well aware is quite strange! However as I was reading, it was just another story to me. I'm not sure that's really the right way to phrase it, but the point I'm trying to make is that it was written in such a way that it flowed nicely as I read it, and whilst I was aware that it was set in the past, that didn't make it any more difficult to read (which I must admit that I thoguht a historical book might be ) Overall I really enjoyed this book, so many thanks to Kate and BGO for making it available to us!
  2. I curious to get some reader feedback, and I'd love to know more about what you thought about The Lady Soldier, and whether you have any good ideas for the future endevours of 'Jennifer Lindsay'! So here's some questions: 1. Who was your favourite character? (And why?) 2. What other books have you read which are similar? 3. Would you be interested in a sequel? (Would you buy it?) 4. Would you read another book by Jennifer Lindsay? 5. Would you read a book by Kate Allan (me!) or Michelle Styles? 6. Would you recommend The Lady Soldier to friends? If so, which friends?
  3. Most books contain symbols/objects that take on large meaning for the characters and The Lady Soldier is no different. Kate and I did put some symbols in to the book and I was wondering if anyone noticed them or were they too caught up in the story. For example, Jen's gold watch symbolizes for her -- her past. When at the beginning of the book, she accepts Tony's wager, Jem feels that she can give up her past to gain her new future as an ensign. However, she then realizes how much the watch means to her. Thus, later when she voluntarily gives it up, she knows she no longer has to hang on to the past because her new future contains her old past. Equally Jem's uniform is symbolic for Jem of the confidence she obtained as a soldier. As Jem Riseley, she knew she could accomplish much. when she feels that that identity is taken away from her -- the uniform and boots she thinks were discarded if not burnt, she becomes much less self-confident. She feels that Tony has totally repudiated her life as a soldier. The discovery of the uniform allows her to begin to reconcile the two halves if you will of her life thus far. When she discovers that Tony also accepts her past life as a soldier in part because he made an active decision to keep her uniform than her confidence/belief in what she has done is restored. Or at least that is what those two objects were meant to do. There are other symbols and I (and Kate when she returns from her holiday) are quite happy to discuss them.
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