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Review: Wolf Hall

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Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



One of my favorite genres is historical fiction but the Tudor reign is not my absolute favorite time or place to immerse myself (Southern Europe, Egypt, House of Este, Borgias, Cleopatra, etc, is where I like most to linger). Even so, I have to say that this was a very engaging read. There's no need to rehash the main players here but I did find the...

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Review: Tigers in Red Weather

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Tigers in Red Weather
Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Strangers in the house & in the family. This was all about a twisted family & the time they summered over the years at their rambling house on the Vineyard. I liked the story & it was certainly engaging, peopled with characters that I didn't like but was fascinated to spend time with. The story was told through the perspectives of the...

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Review: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I don't know how I feel after having read this book. It was interesting but I found it overwhelmingly sad. From the detailed foot binding to the low worth expressed for girls & women, to Beautiful Moon's death & the estrangement of Lily & Snow Flower, I was constantly hoping for more light at the end of the tunnel. It ends on what I...

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Review: The Winter Rose

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The Winter Rose
The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



This is the first book that I've finished of 2013 & I hate to say it, but I didn't enjoy this book very much. Even Fiona & Joe couldn't save it for me. I never cared about India and as much as I tried I just wasn't engaged with Charlie. Maybe I never invested much in Charlie from the first book in the series & that hampered my enjoyment....

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Review: The Tea Rose

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The Tea Rose
The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Oh, the melodrama! It's soaptastic! I'm usually a much more cynical chica but I have to admit that I loved this story. I rooted for Fiona & was worried and sad when things went from awry to totally off the rails for her. I cheered when things turned around & held my breath for the next catastrophe. Joe garnered my annoyance early on but I...

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