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text 2015-01-04 18:02
What a blast!
Through a Glass Darkly - Karleen Koen

This was such a fun read. Gorgeous descriptions of the fashion and food of the time and a vivid depiction of life and politics in the 1700s. I guessed the South Sea Bubble would play an important part and I wasn't disappointed. 


If I had any niggles, it was with Koen's habit of putting explanations in brackets after anything she thought the reader might not understand. I know what an apostle spoon is and a stomacher, and even if I didn't, I'd go and look it up. If you're that keen to explain everything, just use footnotes as they're less likely to snap me out of the story.

 

 

The book reminded me of Forever Amber, but with a heroine who I sympathised with, rather than one I wanted to strangle. (Though I did want to yell at her for not choosing the man who truly loved her).

 

And talking about Forever Amber, the descriptions of the plague in that book were brilliantly written and researched, and in Through a Glass Darkly, Koen does the same with smallpox and it is heartbreaking. 

 

And there are plenty of loose ends to be tied up in the sequel. 

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text 2015-01-02 21:07
Mount TBR 2015 - Book 1
Through a Glass Darkly - Karleen Koen

I know this one came out of the Candy Bowl last year, but I'm counting this one as my first book of 2015.

 

I love the descriptions of the fashions of the time and of the people and the buildings, though occasionally the author gets a bit enthusiastic and it tips over into info-dumping. I'm quite happy to go and find out more by myself rather than have the description get in the way of the story. 

 

And talking of the story; it's got everything you could wish for. Rakes and mistresses, impoverished heroines, lovelorn heroes, domineering matriarchs, and more dukes and nobles than you could shake a stick at. And lots of sex. (Which explains why my mum hid this book from me many years ago.)

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text 2014-12-30 23:15
Mount TBR Challenge - Book 23
Through a Glass Darkly - Karleen Koen

I do enjoy a juicy historical, and the final book out of the Candy Bowl this year is one that was recommended to me by a number of Booklikers. 

 

Looking forward to it. 

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review 2014-09-21 18:52
Before Versailles
Before Versailles: A Novel of Louis XIV - Karleen Koen
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review 2014-03-25 00:00
Dark Angels
Dark Angels - Karleen Koen I could NOT finish this one at this time and therefore cannot review or rate fairly. I am disappointed in myself. Even if a book is bad I have to finish it but this is just not going to happen with this book. Perhaps I shall come back to it. Ooops!! Dropped in the tub and now it's soaking wet and ruined.
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