Using the same documentary evidence as Jefferson's many historians but much common sense in arriving at conclusions, the author has built a believable case and convinced me that the days of protecting the icon from "scandal" are over. In fact she convinced me that there was no scandal in the fact of a lonely man's attraction to a beautiful young girl who happened to be his beloved wife's half-sister.
Ms. Gordon-Reed is so thorough in all this that at times one gets to be a little anxious for the next part to begin. Stay with it - it's well worth it.
If you want to know what kind of mustard was in the sandwitch, or whether the eggs were runny or semi-hard boiled or how the bark of a eucalyptus tree looks pay close attention, its all here. But the plethora of detail only delays a very good story with great charactors and a noble theme. The one star downgrade is only for having to wade through five minutes of how you run over a squirrel with your car.
For those of you who can put up with Scott Brick's overdrama and bad foreign accents this is good adventure and twist of plot. A good book badly read is a shame, but give it a try.
I had high hopes for this book as I am very familiar and fascinated with Southwest Florida and its mystic islands. I tried hard to like it, but the book goes nowhere. The female reader is also very hard to listen to and should not read books for a living.
This book is very well written and read, and while listening I took time out only for bed. The story line is exciting, the charactors well drawn, and an added plus for me was the discription of army life at a small non-wartime base.
I would recommend reading this book which is very good. Only this got me through the reading which, though done by a Scotsman, is very bad. Not the accent which is obviously authentic, but the inflection and charactor voices.
This started out to be a great book with an absorbing plot and great charactors, but it concluded with graphic sex sceens and a hokey ending. I love graphic sex in romance novels, but not Ken Follett (if this is Ken Follett). I have read all of Follett's books. They are epic adventure novels, but this is not one of them.
If you're interested in how good buttered toast tastes in the afternoon or whether the drapes match the wall paper this book's for you. On and on it rambled and finally got to the end where absolutely nothing that was unpredictable happened. Save a credit!
I promised myself not to buy books read by the author especially now rhat there are so many good readers that let you live the story with them. Shame on me. I couldn't get past the first real even though I really had an interest in turn of the cenuury Nebraska.
In the introduction the author states that ex-CIA employees should not write books. She then ignores her own advice and proves herself right. She uses the platform to justify her own views which is exactly why ex-CIA employees should not write books.
Book two was too much like book one in its constant attempts by the new couple to understand each other. The other problem is the reader who is no Barbara Rosenblat. Too bad, Worst is the attempt to make third generation Grandma sound Irish.
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