I really like this author. Sad to say, it was very difficult to understand the readers as their accents were so heavy.
The separation of the brother and sister.
The accents were too thick and it made listening hard.
The book plays on two levels: present day and 15th century Italy. The present day characters were entirely unbelievable.
If love and lovers are eternal, the chance of them meeting again poses lots of possiblities. The Romeo and Juliet of old meeting today is a great idea. The 15th century part of the story is a lot of fun. The modern part felt sophomoric.
Her voice was petulant and self-centered. It detracted from the story. I actually yelled out loud at the book several times, she made me so angry.
Too many to mention. The modern parts of the book really pushed credibility.
I thought the book was going to be about botany. It had great elements: Joseph Banks, early plant collections, pharmaceutical uses, study of mosses...but the characters were off-putting and not particularly engaging...and the sections on "quim" and possible homosexuality seemed overdone. There was an opportunity to explore spirituality through androgony that wasn't fully realized. Nor was the section on abolitionism satisfyingly explored. The antiquated language and mores of the times were well done.
The arrival of Tomorrow Morning and Alma's introduction to him.
Much of the binding closet.
The book is of large scope and to be commended. It whetted curiosity but just didn't satisfy it.
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