Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2019
I tend to disagree with the review from Bookmarks Magazine that Amazon has included here. Even though they end up saying favorable things about the book, I think they missed the point of this book. This is a splendid, beautiful work! I guess it would qualitfy as "historical" fiction, but ah--it's so much more than that. I have purchased SO MANY books "on Kindle" here--and been disappointed. I have no time for poorly written literature! If it sucks it gets thrown aside--no qualms whatsoever. I used to grind through a book once picked up even if I didn't like it. I try to give everything a fair shake, but I've come across so much awkwardly reprehensible writing. There seems to be a trend in fiction these last few years to over-simplify the language, the sentence structure, the images. Most of it just falls flat, and is tediously dull in tone. THIS work is resplendent, luxurious, dreamy, and lyrical. While reading this, one conjers up beautiful, meaningful imagery. You can really really sink your mind into it, like delving deep into a velvety quilt. This work evokes emotions through nuance, through understanding. Quite literally, this is the BEST literary fiction I have read in quite awhile. I am following this author, and eagerly look forward to reading more of her heady fare!