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Posted December 25, 2013
I have to admit that as far as history, this book could not be beaten. Jacqueline T. Lynch is an amazing historian, and although her style sometimes seems a little dry, there is real meat in her book. If you are looking for fluff, don't turn to this book! It requires your mind to be engaged at all times. She seamlessly weaves the characters into the book--even though they sometimes come across as two-dimensional. After finishing this book, I felt like I had learned something about Massachusetts history that I did not know previously. This book is one of the reasons I love historical fiction--I learn while I read for enjoyment.
There are no sex scenes, and the profanity in the book is relatively mild. I appreciated the fact that these people had morals, and they went to church. However, she expertly showed how things began to change even over the course of the time period covered in the book. I did not feel overly emotional--even when bad things happened--but again, that goes back to the author's writing style. She is a historian, and her book often reads like a textbook. That can be good and bad. I actually feel that reading this book again would be good for me--when I was not up against a deadline. I believe there is much I missed the first time because this is a definitely a multi-level story.
I received this product through Outburst Media in exchange for my honest review.