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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 2014-03-25 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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text SPOILER ALERT! 2013-10-19 17:53
Day 11 * 30 Day Book Challenge * A book you hated
Through a Glass Darkly - Karleen Koen

 

 

What did I hate about this book? Oh I could write a very long list... But I will start off by saying that this book was well written and seemed to be very well researched. I will give the author credit for that. Now, Normally I LOVE dark and gothic, truly.. But this book left me with such an overwhelming feeling of depression that I had to read 2 Julia Quinn's, 3 M.C. Beatons and a Dr Seuss just to wash my mind of this bitter book.

 

 

[spoiler] I was so depressed after reading this. I don't think I have ever read anything more depressing. It seemed to be well researched, but my guess would be that the author chose only the unknown things that would shock people. Like a french princess who was so vile and filthy that she reeked. She burped loudly in front of anyone, her teeth were rotten and she felt herself above a chamber pot so she would relieve herself standing wherever she was, like at a dinner party. But that had nothing at all to do with the plot.
I am sure that in the 18th century within the nobility, many 15 year old girls were married off to titled 42 year old men. But I can't help to wonder how many actually desperately wanted their chosen man. 15 is 15, be it now or then. They are not mature, period! Well this man was deeply, madly in love with his future 15 year old brides grandfather! So he wants this girl because she has her grandfather's smile. WTF???? Never-mind that he does finally start to fall in love with his 15 year old bride, but once things start looking up for her, he runs into a prince that he had a torrid love affair with. Yeah of course they start that up again. Plus all the other whoring going on including orgies threesomes (not descriptive like erotica, but not closed door entirely). While that is going on, the girls 4 little siblings that she loves with all her poor little heart, get the small pox and die. The author gives us vivid descriptions on what a body goes through with that along with what a face looks like while sections of it are falling off the little babies. while she is deep in depression over this, her husband is walking the clouds because of his love for the prince.
And love? Everyone in this story, and there were many players, were in love with someone, but in every situation that love was not returned.
What I don't understand, is how the men all went to orgies and whores and such, but no one had any kind of std.

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