The author writes delicious prose and an intriguing story line, but has not researched the background for the setting. Early spring in the Alps villages do not produce asters, blackberries, etc. One does not play in the rushing, icy streams, or sit on the thawing ground - even with a blanket. The young man heading to America at 16 would not have traveled by ferry from Venice to LeHavre - there were none, and at the time of this novel, WW1 was in full swing. This was not mentioned! Travel to New York yielded a job at $8 a day with room and board? Not likely that this young man made more than the steward who oversaw the work! The young man's acquaintance aboard ship purchase flowers in New York for a future bride in Ohio (?) and rides a train through Chicago to get there? I don't think so! And on and on!!! This is driving me nuts with the lack of attention to details!
Her Italian accent was appreciated and made the work come alive. However, there was little differentiation in the voice for the variety of characters in the book.
Not if it is so poorly researched! Time and place are as important as plot and character development.
If you are bothered by works that are half baked, this is not the book for you! As romance fiction and little more, it is not too bad!
The narrator. Just could not deal with the voice that sounded like Truman Capote.
I cannot comment on the author until I read another by her.
The voice was so off putting I could not get past the first 15 minutes. Arrogant, haughty, and seemed too feminine for the character.
This is one of my favorite subjects... Tudor England. But this is not the quality of narration that I am familiar with in Philippa Gregory's audio books.
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