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The Reading Lessons by [Lanham, Carole]
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"Beautifully written.  The Reading Lessons is passionate and heartbreaking. These are two well-rounded characters that will take you through a range of emotions, making them quite unforgettable. I highly recommend The Reading Lessons."  
~ Colleen Wanglund  NY Book Examiner
"Packed with meaning and sung with lyric perfection... Carole Lanham's debut novel is a complete feast." 
Thomas Sullivan  Pulitzer Prize Nominated Author of DUST OF EDEN

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  • File Size: 1173 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Immortal Ink Publishing, LLC (January 8, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 8, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HRKGSO8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,634 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you have an appetite for literary fiction, history, romance and a great voice, then look no further. Lanham has provided her audience with a meal to satisfy the most finicky reader's palate. Lucinda Browning is a character you won't soon forget, with her tyrannical and seductive whims that keep young Hadley tripping over himself to please her. Their relationship is both charming and forbidden. The tone and pacing of this story are spot-on. Ms. Lanham provides periodic details that ground the reader in this trying and delicately difficult time. An impressive work from an equally impressive writer. Don't miss it.
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I enjoy Carole Lanham's short fiction, but frankly I prefer novels, and I knew this one was coming down the pike. So I snapped it up the moment it became available. I suggest you do the same! This is a great story. I was lucky enough to attend a signing the author took part in about a month or so ago, and I bought an advanced reading copy. But I wanted the eBook version too. I'll read again, more slowly this time, so I can savor Lanham's rich prose.
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The Reading Lessons is a delicate study of a difficult era in American history. Carole traces the development of love and obsession between two people whose skin color will never let them be together. While the world evolves around them where manual labor is being replaced by mechanization, social mores remain stagnant and to flout them can be fatal. As the dark secrets pile up, Hadley struggles to free himself from the web of his own making but he cannot escape Lucinda's pull. A spellbinding read and one whose echos will linger with you after you have read the last page.
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I loved The Reading Lessons. I could not put it down.

It was interesting history,drama and romance all in one wonderfully written book.

It is a must read. You will not be disappointed.
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The poignancy of this story makes it one that will haunt me for years to come. Lanham has crafted such a rich story full of complex and realistic characters that the story has become a true one in my memory. I will never forget Hadley and Lucinda's tale. I felt so anguished by Hadley's situation, his emotions that he could not conquer and Lucinda who wouldn't even let him try. At times you want to hate her, and maybe even do, but she is also a prisoner of the times. This novel puts the microscope to issues such as slavery and shows how, on a person to person level, EVERYONE is negatively effected when we choose to segregate and discriminate--even those who believe they are better off are really losing out. What a beautiful and gut wrenching story, while at the same time at points dark and disturbing. I would say fans of "The Help" would enjoy this book, however, I don't think there is any book that could be compared to THE READING LESSONS. It's unique and I believe will have a board appeal that will allow it to touch the hearts of many readers. Stories like these are what reading clubs are made for; they are what fuels best seller lists; and they are what schools can use are recommended reading in their curriculum. The Reading Lessons has all the makings of a classic. Read and see for yourself.
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"Hadley Crump,finds himself drawn into a secret world when he is invited to join wealthy Lucinda Browning’s dirty book club." I was intrigued enough by author, Carole Lanham's, description of her novel to read it not quite knowing what to expect from the story line. The notion of a forbidden interracial love affair by a couple drawn together in the 1920s by their mutual love of reading was sufficient reason for me to purchase this book. I anticipated a typical love story of the era. A young southern white female seduces African American male via his love of literature. He acts upon his physical attraction; a force more powerful than his love of books. Romantic that I am, I expected that love and some heavy passion would conquer all!

Boy was I wrong! This novel uniquely explores the underpinnings of this taboo relationship; one that is mired in physical pain, lies, fear yet a seeming understanding and acceptance of these irregularities by Hadley and Lucinda. I believe readers will be challenged to fully understand the psychological dynamics of the Hadley/Lucinda relationship making this a must read!
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Tastefully erotic, packed with meaning, and sung with lyric perfection, THE READING LESSONS will make your imagination dance through the riveting perils of a forbidden relationship. Carole Lanham’s debut novel is a complete feast. – Thomas Sullivan Author of DUST OF EDEN
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This is certainly one of those books that takes you to a different time in US history and makes you see the way life was for people back then. Especially blacks. It’s refreshing for me to see a story that reminds me of the time of my grandfather. He used to tell stories in much of the same way, which made me reflect on the similarities in the end.

Though I wasn’t entirely positive on what to expect, this isn’t a sweet romance. It’s not going to give you warm fuzzies and though it ends on a sigh worthy note, it doesn’t have a very happy ending.

What it does have is two children who grew up and old together, bonded by an equal share of love and a lot of references to Poe. It has vivid and colorful language that paints pictures as you read. It has powerful characters that draw you in and hold your hand as they lead you through the story. There are points that make you sigh and points that make you gasp. And just when you thought all the effort of these two characters was finally going to have a reward, the story ends, beautiful and sad.

I’m positive this is going to be a story that will stick with me for some time as I have never felt the injustice and the longing of a character as much as I had for Hadley Crump. I never became so invested into a character’s story and emotion as I had. Of course, it’s easy to do. Hadley was a very likable character, and you couldn’t find fault in his reasons for any of his actions.

Despite being a half-black/half-white boy growing up in the south during the 1920’s, Hadley was a hard working gentleman who, despite his efforts, lived his life doing things as right as he possibly could. One of the things he saw was right for him was Lucinda.
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