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A House Like a Lotus

Narrated by: Emma Galvin
Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)
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When 16-year-old Polly O'Keefe journeys to Athens, she feels confused and betrayed. The past eight months at home were different from any other time in her life. She met the brilliant, wealthy Maximiliana Horne, who gave her encouragement and made her feel self-confident. Polly idolized Max - until she learned a startling truth that left her wounded and angry. Now on a trip to Greece arranged by Max, Polly finds romance, danger, and unique friendships. But can she find a way to forgive Max and remember her as more than a painful memory?

©2016 Madeleine L'Engle (P)2016 Listening Library

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Statutory rape of the main character doesn’t fit in this book

I have loved all 8 of the Madeline L’engle books I have read, and have recommended them to my grandchildren. But this one, I wound never recommend to a youth under the age of 18. I applaud the way the author has integrated lesbianism into this book, which was very tasteful, but the statutory rape of the main character by her friend, a resident doctor, is more than I’d like my 11 year old grandchildren to read about. The rape didn’t even need to be in the story. Also, the book abruptly ended when it was just getting Interesting. I won’t recommend this whole series just because I thought the author was inappropriate with that one piece in the book.

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This book is like a huge wave of love

I’ve just finished the 5 books in the Wrinkle in Time series and the three additional Arm of the Starfish series. I could have ended with An Acceptable time, but I think it serves as the end to both series. I’m glad I finished both series with A House Like a Lotus. It is a book of great depth and also so beautifully straightforward in its message. One of the best books I’ve ever read.