Not as enjoyable as Discovery of Witches, but still, wonderful characterization. Next time, a little less London history and travelogue would be nice. Could have been edited down quite a bit and still would have been a five-star read.
Congratulations to Ms. Harkness. She deserves the acclaim she's won :-)
I stumbled upon this delightful story during my husband's prolonged illness. It gave me many hours of pleasure. Many thanks to the author!
I had not expected to love this novel, but in the end, I really did. The author is skilled, her characters are charming and fully believable. Just what I needed when I found it!
Enjoyed this but I fear I'm beginning to tire a bit of the formula this author seems to follow.
This novel left me pondering a darker Paris than the one I normally remember and enjoy reading about. In the end, though, I thought the novel well written and memorable.
I enjoyed Madame Picasso. The story was engaging and well done. But I found the reader's Spanish dialogue and certain French pronunciations torturous. I could barely stand to listen to the passages with Picasso and wished throughout that the reader had used some other means to signal Picasso's speech, anything other than attempting to render him with such a thick Spanish accent. In fact, at times the accent seemed more Russian or even German. It was so bad I almost gave up on the book several times. A real shame!
In the 90s I really enjoyed this author. For some odd reason I lost track of her. This book reminds me of why she was once a favorite. Good story with de characterizations. Glad I found it.
I have enjoyed every novel by Susan Vreeland. She is a fabulous storyteller. This tale, set in Paris and Provence from the years just before WWII through to its end, is no exception. It is filled with sumptuous word-paintings of the setting, the art and the artists of France that enhance the drama without bogging it down. Truly, this is a book to curl up with and relish. The performance of newcomer (new for me at least) Kim Bubbs greatly added to my pleasure. Bubbs is a generous reader whose mostly superbly rendered accents and mastery of cadence and lilt lent an almost musical dimension to the story. It will be hard to listen to other readers after this stellar performance. All in all, Lisette's List is one of the very best listens in my large Audible library. If my own publisher would ever permit my novel to be offered in audio, Kim Bubbs is the reader I'd insist on. Brava et brava!
A fun read by this wonderful, clever author. Harkness shines in this conclusion to her tale of the witch and the vampire. The language is lush without being purple. The story is interesting without the overindulgence in historical detail that made Book Two feel a little pedantic. The characters are fantastical without becoming unbelievable. Overall, one of the most enjoyable novels I've read of late and well worth the long wait.
Brava, Ms. Harkness. You delivered!
Because the novel jumps abruptly and somewhat awkwardly perhaps to soon from the main storyline in 1944 to the earlier years of the WWII, the novel takes awhile to get moving. A few hours in, however, it moves with gripping tension all the way to the end. The characters, as others have noted, are beautifully and tenderly developed and the settings are vividly rendered. Someone above used the word "masterful," and I heartily agree. Well worth the time and the dollars. ALL THE LIGHT is a treasure.
I enjoyed this novel so much that I rushed to listen to her others, only to be slightly disappointed in the long run, though each is interesting in its own way. I will watch for further titles by this author.
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