I love historical fiction and although I realize this book is more of a biographical history of the Duchess of Devonshire than a fictional novel, it does not disappoint. It's a good "story" of her life, based on well researched facts and letters, but it doesn't bore one to death. In fact, I could hardly stop listening. That's either a testament to Georgiana's fascinating life and exploits, or the author's writing ability, or both. Either way, I highly recommend it.
This is a unique tale, and I dare anyone not to get sucked into it immediately. I had it in my library for a long time and never listened to it...I don't know why. But once I finally gave it a chance I was hooked. The movie's got nothing on the book, as usual, although it does stay fairly true to the story. The narrators were both great, also, and I loved how he did different voices for the characters that really worked for them. Sometimes I don't like when narrators do character voices, but these were very good and fitting.
I thought this book was great. It was different than what I expected, but it held my interest until the end. There were some rather strange elements...but nothing that I felt detracted from the story. It was neither too much nor too little of anything, but had just enough of everything that I like: it was descriptive, atmospheric, told a good story, and it had sex, violence, warfare, and interesting details of life in the renaissance.
This book sounded great, and had good reviews, but I am about halfway through and I have to say I am disappointed. The writing is great, the plot is very exciting, the characters are good, but it's just kind of boring. Everything is 'on the surface' in this book. The author does not really get very deep into things, I keep having this feeling like I WANT to know them all better but the story keeps a polite distance between the reader and the characters. Maybe it's the reader, I'm not sure, but I don't know if I'll continue this series as eagerly as I jumped into the Lady Julia Grey mystery books.
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