Chesterton, IN, United States | Member Since 2008
I've been a fan of Nancy Springer since I read Fair Peril, years ago. She's funny, unexpected and very smart.
This book has some plot issues that don't work as well as they might for me. I could hear the plot twists a bit too far head to be surprised by them. And some of the plot was a stretch for me.
But she explores the nature of romantic love, motherly love, married love, and remembered love in a way that's quite unexpected and brilliant. I normally hate love stories. This is one that really had a solid decency to it. I'm delighted Nancy Springer has turned to adult fiction again.
Nothing in this book made me
Like the Characters
Anxious for what would happen next
Interested in these people's lives.
It wasn't a bad read. But it wasn't very good either.
I did love this book. It's about a woman naturalist at the turn of the 18th century. She's brilliant, spoiled, unlovely and heart wrenchingly brave. It's the heart of darkness for women, done brilliantly.
Do read it. Astonishing.
This does not start like your standard romance and it doesn't end like it either. Which is to its favor. There is also a subplot ( although I'd have liked to see it developed more) that has nothing romantic about it.
However, I was terribly weary of how very much these people were attracted to each other. Endlessly.
All of this need to take into account that I normally never read romance, and I generally loath it as being sadly delusional.
The accent was charming and appropriate. And the writing was written to be read aloud which I did appreciate.
It was a very interesting look into India in the Raj days, and that was what got me through. If you like romances, I suspect you'll like it very much.
This may be the best Ursula K I've read since the Left Hand of Darkness. Beautifully written, incredible characters and a lovely transformation. Treat yourself. This is a marvel.
I'm sort of damning with faint praise. This was a perfectly pleasant read. It's a child's viewpoint, and it never really transcends that in a way that grabbed me. Nice premise. I'd like to see the next in the series just to see if a more adult character would have more substance.
This book starts with a great premise. It's creepy and interesting and a good ghost story. But the second plot line includes herbalists who are witches who are into child sacrifices. That indicates a lack of research on all of the above. And knowing both witches and herbalists, I found it offensive.
It's also partially written in the second person. Words fail me, but it didn't work for me.
I bought this book, and sat on it for a while. I had other things that seemed more compelling. Once I got into it it was completely delightful, in a carnival kind of way. It's funny and very sweet. And about making family as best as you can. I would think if you were deeply religious you could be offended. But I thought it was a hoot.
These books are so grim. And yet somehow so compelling. The whole is more than the parts. It's easy to imagine the world where both parties want to use this girl as a political statement. And easy to see how she'd make a point of not making it work for them.
This is a true story, out of the French and Indian war. It's well told but the movie of it was so much stronger. Somehow it did a better job of explaining the relationships that build between these very different people in a captive/captor situation.
It does some real explaining, though, of the attitudes on raiding/ kidnapping in early America. You may find they're not what you think they are. Interesting.
The premises and possibilities of this book are really good. It's an interesting time, some interesting characters and a good mystery. But the flash backs are completely confusing and really could have been handled better. Something as simple as a date over the chapter so you could get what was past and what was further on. I'm not sorry I read it, and it's a fascinating view of Old San Francisco. But very hard to follow.
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