I stumbled on a Kate Morton Book through audible about 1 1/2 year ago and quickly listened to all of them. I loved, loved, loved the stories. Historical mixed with modern and the language is so, beautiful while not being pretentious. I was anxiously awaiting a new book and I was not disappointed at all.
I am always amazed how Kate can transport me to another time and make me feel like I am there. I also get an appreciation for how we have so many stages in our lives and they all weave together. Listening to the beautiful prose is like poetry for the ears when you add a spellbinding story on top you get perfection.
If you love historical fiction, you will love this book. If you are not crazy about historical fiction you most likely will love this book. I started listening after this popping up on my recommended for you section. After recognizing a few names I checked and was shocked to discover the story is based on a real persons life. This makes the amazing main character all that more unbelievable. I read about 1/2 the book thinking the main character was "ahead of her time" or a modern authors take on what she would have been like in the 1800, only to learn this person actually did defy the current beliefs.
I have enjoyed all the King and Maxwell books and this one was as good as previous.
I had so enjoyed the series. This was good but did not live up to the other books and was not the great closing I was hoping for.
This book is very different from others. The narrator is death. I don't think that will ruin it as you figure this out by the end of first chapter. I was very confused for a bit. It jumps around a lot, but despite these two difficulties it pulls you in. I was not sure about the book about 1/3 way in enjoying but not loving it. Once I got use to the style, and drawn into all the characters I was hooked. I will say parents of teens should listen first, it is in many best teen reads. I would let my 14 year old read it but my 12 year old I would wait another few years. Some parents may be fine with any age, but you should judge for yourself.
Several reviews of how this book was not as good as previous. I thought it was right up there with the others in the Matthew Corbett Series. Matthew is growing up and getting more confident and bold. He is still intellectual and thoughtful. For anyone that has not read the series, the first book, he is trully a child with overwhelming sense of curiosity and right and wrong. By book three he is becoming a man, with Sherlock Holmes skill and little 18th century, James Bond. So both interesting and exciting.
Well done book, with the lead character so flawed, you start off feeling sorry for her, then with one bad decision after another, you start to want to yell at her. The author does a superb job getting into the psyche of the character where you can almost understand why she is making bad decisions. I found this the most interesting part of the story. The story of mother and child and falling in love are all done well but not as unique as the lead character. I would definately recommend as a very good read/listen.
As someone whom adores historical fiction, this book was right up my track. I love books that tie peoples past lives to their current predicament. Kate Morton is my favorite author and this tale is similar to her books in that they look back in history to a time when the title characters where younger and weaves the modern with the historical. It was done beautifully here.
I also must say for anyone whom has gone to Italy, especially the Cinque and fell in love with the place, you will feel transported back. It has been just over ten years since I hiked the coast between Riomaggiore and Monteroso del Mar, and the words of the book put me right back in those towns and on those cliffs. I know have to get to Porto Vennere as well!
I would give divergent 4 plus almost 5 and this 4 minus. Same characters, but Tris becomes a bit overly insecure. I wanted to yell get over it. I was was thinking I might not want to get the 3rd when it comes out, but by last 1/3 story itself got so good, I got rehooked.
Possibly. The story is imaginative and the characters interesting and well developed.
Good listen for both 40 year old mom and teenage son.
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