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Subject: The Lace Reader
Date Posted: 12/26/2009 10:36 PM ET
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Did anyone else struggle through this book? I had a really hard time with it--to the point that I dreaded picking it up again. Most of the time I would give up on a book that made me feel that way but I wanted to see what happened at the end of this book. I was bored with it and I guess I was expecting it to be something else than what it really was.

Subject: a wonderful book!
Date Posted: 12/29/2009 4:48 PM ET
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I adored The Lace Reader. I recommended it to one of my book clubs, and re-read it: still wonderful! The plot is intricate, but worth it.

Date Posted: 6/1/2010 1:02 PM ET
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I just started reading THE LACE READER and I'm enjoying it so far.  I thought it was going to be more of a contemporary chic lit kind-of-a-book, but it is more of a mystery thriller.

It would make a very good read for a book club.

Date Posted: 6/1/2010 8:38 PM ET
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I hope it isn't a chic-lit book , I really enjoyed reading it ,a fascinating story and just odd enough to keep my interest

BTW , JK about the chic-lit part

Date Posted: 6/3/2010 2:05 AM ET
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I'm with you, Angela.  I wanted to like the book, but something was off for me.  I enjoyed the concept of a story worked into the lace, though.

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 10:59 PM ET
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I finished the LACE READER and I feel it is an excellent read  But, I must admit that I can understand why others would feel somewhat cheated or even tricked. (no spoiler)  The ending almost made me cry...I found it very moving.  The authors use of changing the points of view made it confusing, but ultimately added to the story.

The art of lace reading is very interesting and I was very surprised to find out that it was something the author made-up.  It fits very well into the story and played a major role in the lives of the characters.

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 6:51 PM ET
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I really enjoyed it when I read it last year. Highly recommend the author's second book, The Map of True Places, also set in Salem. (Some of the characters from The Lace Reader are mentioned very peripherally in the book, too.)