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review 2019-03-12 15:48
His Lovely Wife by Elizabeth Dewberry
His Lovely Wife - Elizabeth Dewberry

When tall, blond, and beautiful Ellen Baxter enters the Paris Ritz the day before Princess Diana dies, she’s mistaken for Diana by the paparazzi. The next morning, as Ellen’s older, Nobel-laureate husband attends a physics conference, she goes to the site of the fatal crash and finds an uncharacteristic photograph of Diana. Surprised by how deeply the death has affected her, Ellen pockets the photo. As she hears Diana’s voice in her head and begins to understand the parallels between their lives, she tracks down the person who took the photograph, hoping that this man who deals in surfaces can penetrate her beauty, as he did Diana’s, and help her love the woman inside. Elizabeth Dewberry’s complex, surprising novel uses string theory to weave together two women’s lives and explore a culture that celebrates women for their beauty―then exacts a terrible toll.





American Ellen Baxter travels with her Nobel Laureate husband to Paris, where he is to attend a physics conference. As he socializes with colleagues at the hotel restaurant -- "the most interesting conversation I've had in months" --- nice of him to say to his wife *eye roll* --- she decides to take in the sights of the city.


Ellen's first day in Paris happens to be the day before the tragic death of Princess Diana. Papparazzi mistake Ellen for Diana. It confuses her, but after the crash Ellen feels compelled to visit the site of the wreck. There at the site, and after (back at the Paris Ritz Hotel), Ellen begins to hear the voice of Diana and gradually begins to see interesting parallels between their lives.


The cover of this book might lead you to believe you're going into a fluff read. At times it is, but largely the story ends up being much more layered than it lets on. Through the story of Diana's sad marriage, difficult divorce and untimely death, we also learn of similar hardships in Ellen's marriage (minus the death part, obviously). Put the two stories together, and the reader gets a compelling study of a woman's role as a wife in general terms --- the good and the bad, the struggle to get out from under the shadow of a spouse society deems the more successful one. But no worries, it's not all heavy. There's plenty of humor slid into the mix as well. This story had me thinking how entertaining it might have been to trade mother-in-law venting stories with Diana! 


A couple of things for readers to note:


* There are no chapter divisions in this book, only paragraph breaks to indicate scene change --- just a heads up if you're a stickler about format.


* Some of Ellen's inner thoughts are pretty sexually explicit or otherwise graphic... again, just a warning for readers who prefer to keep their stories tame.


If you're at all interested in anything to do with the Princess Diana story, this novel is a unique take on the events, while also bringing in thought provoking commentary on the concepts of domestic harmony and maintaining a strong sense of self-worth while in a partnership.






* When picking up this book, you may notice that it is dedicated to the novelist Robert Olen Butler. Elizabeth Dewberry was previously married to Butler, but the marriage crumbled after a rather public revealing of an affair with media mogul Ted Turner. 

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review 2019-03-05 06:44
Mariette In Ecstasy by Ron Hansen
Mariette In Ecstacy - Ron Hansen

The highly acclaimed and provocatively rendered story of a young postulant's claim to divine possession and religious ecstasy. In 1906, a beautiful seventeen year old postulant enters the convent of the Sisters of the Crucifixion in upstate New York. When she begins to bleed from her hands, feet, and side, the entire community is thrown into turmoil. Is Mariette a cunning sham, or sexually hysterical, or does God stalk her like a pitiless lover? Mariette in Ecstasy is a stunning immersion into the society of a small convent at the turn of the century, where a mysterious and ultimately harrowing world lies beneath the lovely, placid surface of everyday life. This is an intimate portrait of a fascinating young woman in the grip of an intractable fate, and it raises provocative questions about the complex nature of passionate faith. 






In 1906, seventeen year old Mariette decides to leave her life of wealth and privilege as the pampered daughter of a successful daughter to enter the Our Lady of Sorrows convent in Arcadia, New York. Serving as a postulant for the Sisters of the Crucifixion order, Mariette begins to show signs of stigmata. Mariette also confesses to having conversations with Christ that escalate into an all-consuming, nearly sexualized level of religious ecstasy. As Mariette's behavior and emotions become increasingly erratic, her explanation is that she desperately wants to experience the literal suffering of Christ. The nuns are beside themselves trying to figure out how to handle this. Once the story moves beyond the walls of the convent, a panel of church officials is pulled together to come in and interview the nuns to ascertain if Mariette is truly having a powerful religious experience or slipping into insanity. 


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Geraldine O'Rawe the 1996 film adaptation of Mariette in Ecstasy


From the childhoood of Mariette down to the nuns in the convent she joins, imagery of self persecution plays heavily into the whole novel. In fact, the novel opens with scenes of each nun starting her day and from the very first introduction to Mother Saint Raphael, we read of her practicing self penance through the wearing of thorned rosebush branches under her habit. There are also descriptions of nuns participating in flogging or various other forms of self-persecution or lying on beds of thorns to strengthen their commitment to the vow of chastity.


Mother Saint Raphael tugs her plain white nightgown up over her head. She is hugely overweight but her legs are slight as a goat's. Tightly sashed around her stomach just below the great green-veined bowls of her breasts are cuttings from the French garden's rosebushes, the dark thorns sticking into skin that is scarlet with infection. She gets into a grey habit, tying it with a sudden jerk. She winces and shuts her eyes. 


The entire novel spans the time period of a few months. Even for a brief story, there are some slower moments here, but the intensity certainly picks up the closer we come to the end! One incident and its aftermath are reminiscent of the stories of the Witch Trials era, as Mariette's life before and after entering the convent are investigated. The church panel wishes to determine: are her behaviors are a detailed hoax? Or is she being consumed by the Devil? Should she be kicked out of the convent? Committed to an asylum? 


I did feel for Mariette's father, the little we get to know about him. Being a doctor, he's a man of science who gravitates towards the tangibly provable. He struggles to understand Mariette's deep devotion to the religious world, he misses being able to have a normal, friendly father-daughter relationship without all the rules about contact, but he tries to be there for his daughter as much as convent protocol will allow. 


Mariette In Ecstasy does go to some WEIRD places at times, but what keeps it highly readable is Hansen's wonderful, slow-brew way with prose. And that last line! Love! 






* Author Ron Hansen himself is an ordained Deacon in the Catholic Church


* Ron Hansen wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of his book. His characters were portrayed by quite a few notable names such as Rutger Hauer, John Mahoney, Mary McDonnell, and Eva Marie Saint.


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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-02-27 21:47
First Book was better
Duty to the Crown (Daughters of New France) - Aimie K. Runyan

This isn't a bad sequel, but it is very predictable.  It follows the sisters and adopted daughters of two of the main characters from the first book.  So both Nicole and Elizabeth make appearances.  But the focus of the book is on Nicole's sister Claudine and adopted Huron daughter Manon, as well as Gabrielle (who is Elizabeth's adopted daughter).


Basically it is about their marriages and finding their place in society.  The problem is that any reader can pretty much call what is going to happen.  In fact, when Claudine loses her virginity, it actually feels very contrived and almost forced.  Her following story is also one that you can call about thirty pages before it happens.


Even with Manon and Gabrielle you can figure out what is going to happen.  It's worse with Gabrielle because the story of her abusive marriage is actually well done and when she arrives at her conclusion to kill her husband, it makes sense. It works.  It flows.  But then there is an act of author as opposed to act of god to stop the character from doing anything too bad.


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review 2019-02-22 14:54
Not So Clever, After All
The Elusive Pimpernel - Emmuska Orczy,Joanna Ward

Ye gods! the irony of it all! Had she not been called the cleverest woman in Europe at one time? Chauvelin himself had thus acclaimed her, in those olden days, before she and he became such mortal enemies, and when he was one of the many satellites that revolved round brilliant Marguerite St. Just. And to-night, when a sergeant of the town guards brought him news of her capture, he smiled grimly to himself; the cleverest woman in Europe had failed to perceive the trap laid temptingly open for her."

Totally with you there, M. Chauvelin, I'm afraid -- Marguerite is behaving like the worst of literary history's headless TSTL chickens here.  This is one of the books that really should have captured me, because it is from this book (not from the first one) that the creators of virtually all screen adaptations of The Scarlet Pimpernel (and its sequels) have drawn a plethora of the screen "Pimpernel's" signature attributes and plot highlights, or almost all of the things, anyway, that go beyond the central features of his dual identity and his league's activities: The "demmed elusive Pimpernel" ditty, the attempt to draw Sir Percy into a duel by creating a scandalous scene at a social gathering involving Marguerite, the explicit entrapment of Marguerite (and / or her brother) in order to entice Percy to travel to France (where a trap will be laid for him in turn -- and where he will have to save one or both of the St. Justs in addition to completing the venture that is actually taking him there), the use of a treacherous French actress, and the suggestion of a fencing duel between Sir Percy and Chauvelin in a fortress on the Channel coast, with Blakeney's yacht Daydream waiting in the waters off shore, ready to take him and Marguerite back to England at the end.


Unfortunately, however, this book only worked for me up to about the halfway point (or actually, only a little before that even); i.e., as long as Marguerite was displaying at least a modicum of wit.  The moment she basically allowed her brain to shut down and decided to heedlessly run after her husband, with no idea (nor really any way) how to help him on his mission to France and every probability of making his life about a million times harder, the whole thing turned into a pretty consistent groan fest.  It also didn't exactly help that there is a whole lot of telling instead of showing going on in the second part of the book, as well as scenes and dialogue that don't exactly advance the plot -- this is not an exceptionally long book, but the final (or, well, next to final) part still dragged interminably.  All of which is a shame, as the book starts with a lot of wit and panache, and Sir Percy himself is, once again, in great form.  So, three stars for the beginning, for the Pimpernel himself, and for the odd scene here and there in the second part.  Others might give even a less favorable rating, but I just can't bring myself to go any lower than this for one of my all-time literary heroes (though I do seriously hope Marguerite will recover her wits in the next book).

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