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Christy S. (figsandthistles) - Reviews

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Annette Vallon: A Novel of the French Revolution
Annette Vallon: A Novel of the French Revolution
Author: James Tipton
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/17/2010
Helpful Score: 1


If you enjoy reading historical fiction by the likes of Laker, Chevalier, Erickson and other notable genre writers, I submit that you will enjoy this book as well.

As the title suggests, the novel is set during the France's revolutionary years and details the life of Annette Vallon, a Chouan and an historical character unknown to me prior to this book. The novel is many things at once: a romance, an adventure, and a recounting of the horrific events surrounding France's bloodiest epoch.

Tipton's prose is lucid and vivid; the story moves quickly and ends much too soon for the reader.


Darcy's Story
Darcy's Story
Author: Janet Aylmer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 192
Review Date: 2/17/2010


Aylmer's style of writing somewhat mimics that of Austen, and though the book was entertaining, no new insight into Darcy's character is exposed that could not have been conjectured based on one's having read Pride and Prejudice.

Having said this, I will say that enjoyed the book if only to read of Darcy and Elizabeth.


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Author: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/17/2010
Helpful Score: 2


Initially I supposed that the format of the book, a series of letters written in an epistolary style by several characters, would be difficult at best and incoherent at worst: I was wrong on both counts.

The character development is quick, and the characters themselves prove to be endearing. The story line centers on the German occupation of the Channel Island of Guernsey and the perseverance of the Islanders.

Julia, the focal point of the novel, has an acerbic wit that brought levity to the otherwise harrowing subject matter.

I enjoyed the book and finished it within two days!


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