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Topic: Hester: The Missing Years of the The Scarlet Letter

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Subject: Hester: The Missing Years of the The Scarlet Letter
Date Posted: 12/25/2009 5:41 PM ET
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Anyone heard any buzz about this? I just won on librarything's early give away and anxious to give it a shot. I loved The Scarlet Letter, let alone reading about Cromwell and the Civil War.

"Upon the death of her demonic husband, Hester Prynne is left a widow, and her daughter Pearl, a wealthy heiress. Hester takes her daughter to live a quiet life in England--only to find herself drawn into the circle of the most powerful Puritan of all time, Oliver Cromwell.

From the moment Hester donned the famous scarlet letter, it instilled in her the power to see the sins and hypocrisy of others, an ability not lost on the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth. To Cromwell, Hester’s sight is either a sign of sorcery or a divine gift that Hester must use to assist the divinely chosen in his scheming to control England.  Since sorcery carries a death sentence, Hester is compelled against her will to use her sight to assist Cromwell. She soon finds herself entangled in a web of political intrigue, espionage, and forbidden love.

Hester will carry readers away to seventeenth century England with a deeply human story of family, love, history, desire, weakness, and the human ideal."

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Date Posted: 12/25/2009 7:07 PM ET
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I'm leery of books that try to carry on where another left off - especially when it's a classic like The Scarlett Letter or Gone with the Wind. I'll be interested in what you think of it when you read it.

Date Posted: 12/26/2009 1:16 PM ET
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I'm also leery, but just because of the hocus-pocus element that's been injected into it. Reading that summary has made me want to rewatch the Lillian Gish version. Heck, even the Demi Moore one!

Date Posted: 12/26/2009 2:25 PM ET
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I kind of like that genre, but I'm leery of the part about her now having magical powers.  But, having said that, if it it is well written and an interesting storyline... let us know!

Date Posted: 12/26/2009 5:32 PM ET
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I got a copy via LT's Early Reviewers too -- if it ever gets here.  (Some of them I've won have never shown up. boo!)  Looking forward to reading it.

Date Posted: 12/26/2009 5:33 PM ET
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It's on my WL.  I'm anxious to hear what you think.

Date Posted: 12/26/2009 6:18 PM ET
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I just hope it's not Cromwell she falls in love with. I hope it shows up earlier rather than later. Heh, I'd won one on Goodreads and by the time it arrived I'd already got it out from the library and read and reviewed it.