It's hard to say. It wasn't a book I loved. It was -- on one hand -- KIND OF interesting to read the story from Margaret Beaufort's perspective, but on the other, it isn't a particularly sympathetic one. Because it's part of a series, you really should read it, but it's not the best of them so far.
Check it off the list. Since you know how it ends, there was no real climax.
Bianca Amato does a great job of reading a rather unimpressive book. Great affect, great interpretation...just not fantastic material.
Elizabeth Woodville!! HA HA!! Sorry, but the white queen SO outshines the red one...
I love Philippa Gregory! But I have to admit that this wasn't one of her better books. I have to agree with other reviewers I read (before purchasing the book) that the events have been recounted in her other books and the perspective of Margaret Beaufort is singular (her divine duty and/or right) and uninteresting. And yet, I still assert that you have to read it as part of her Cousins War series! But don't let the worst of the reviews dissuade you...you can't NOT read it!
This book confused me. I couldn't quite decide whether Katie really was psychologically unbalanced or a pathological liar; Jodi Picoult doesn't answer this question for me at any point during the book.
If you see Katie Fisher, the sweet, unadulterated Amish girl, then she's simply confused and naive. When confronted by an unwanted pregnancy, it tips her into a world of mental instability.
If, however, you see Katie Fisher as a girl who feels trapped by her circumstances sneaking off to taste the English way of life, perhaps you see the other, sneakier Katie who just wants everyone to see her as "perfect" and willing to lie through her teeth to maintain that.
On one hand you have the premise being laid down that the Amish will forgive any sin (real or simply admitted to) if one will only confess and then wait out the finite time of the "Meidung" or shunning.
On the other, there's this whole web of lies. Or are they lies? Are they really Katie suppressing the memories? Why would she feel the need of suppressing the reality (of a baby), or memories, if an illegitimate birth will eventually be accepted and the child loved (since children are precious to the Amish according to Picoult)?
This book raised question after question after question and I never felt like the book answered any of them!
Ultimately, I never did connect to Katie emotionally. I felt like her perspective was too clouded.
The ending to me was not surprising and -- again -- it only begged more questions than it answered. It made no sense in the context of the most fundamental paradigms of the Amish driven home throughout the book.
The more sympathetic plot was that of Ellie. I was MUCH more interested in HER character development than that of Katie (if you can even say that her character was developed). Her intentions and motivations were clear and understandable. I liked Ellie.
In the end, I was left with a feeling that I kind of liked this book, but not a whole lot. I am fascinated with the Amish lifestyle and books about it...I fear I am one of those Englischers, described derisively by the Katie's mom, who want to come live with the Amish and pretend that they're Amish. That's me. But the book, in general, left me feeling dissatisfied.
What set this audiobook apart was listening to Jaycee Dugard read it. It was almost like sitting in her living room hearing her tell her story.
I absolutely loved Jaycee's indominable spirit. It was the only thing that got me thru the awful, heart-rending stories from the first years of her captivity.
My favorite scene was when she was reunited with her mom. Her fears and doubts about whether her mom still loved her - whether her mom would accept her girls - I cried the whole way through it.
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