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Posted October 7, 2011
Inconsistencies abound in this book
Although it's clear the author has researched the era in which the story takes place, she is not able to find a consistent rhythm or flow of words and ideas with which to describe it. The location may be France, but aside from a "Mon Dieu" or "petite" so-and-so interspersed on the pages, there's little to bring the reader -- particularly one who may be hungry for what's been offered as historical fiction -- into life as it was then lived. I felt the author took individual "index cards," (or the computer equivalent),each with a "French fact" on it, shuffled them and randomly inserted them throughout the story. It was tedious reading that left me with no fondness or enlarged understanding of any of the characters or, even more unfortunately perhaps, a desire to read the sequel I understand is available now.
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