This is a predictable tale with unsympathetic, shallow characters and stories of human struggles that have been told better by other authors. There are moments of psychological insight, artistic creativity, and descriptions of natural beauty in the Low Country to be savored but which don't add momentum to the plodding plot. The feminist spiritual message is welcome but not as eloquently or subtly presented as in Secret Life of Bees. I see an exciting parallel between Dan Brown's "heretical" resurrection of female divinity from 2000 years of suppression and Kidd's female trinity. But I have to admit I burned out on the book by the end of Part I and never burned CDs for Part II.
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