It all started when I stumbled across Nefertiti in the library and was immediately captivated by the imaginative writing from Michelle Moran. Then thr...moreIt all started when I stumbled across Nefertiti in the library and was immediately captivated by the imaginative writing from Michelle Moran. Then through email I was able to meet her and was delighted by her as a person and continued to be excited as both The Heretic Queen and Cleopatra's Daughter hit the market. With each novel I swore that Michelle's stories were getting better and better. A portion of history that I faintly knew was being brought to life off the page and I was enamored. I love her Egyptian novels and I do hope that she'll continue to write some more.
As a student in high school my second life was my French class. When I heard that Michelle was going to write a novel based in the time period of the French Revolution I was very excited. Again it is a period and place that I know pretty well, but with her story telling the people are so real and off the page. Having had my only real experience with this time period being from Alexandre Dumas, it was a delight to find the same characters in a similar fashion with more story to tell.
I am very impatiently waiting for her 2012 release Empress Josephine's Crown about the young Austrian princess who was forced to become Napoleon's second wife (filling the very large shoes of Empress Josephine).
*Thanks to Michelle for providing a copy for review and keeps.* *wink*
This is an absolutely awesome book. It is a FIRST Tour book which usually means that I post about it, but do not quite have time to read it all. Yeste...moreThis is an absolutely awesome book. It is a FIRST Tour book which usually means that I post about it, but do not quite have time to read it all. Yesterday I started reading and had serious trouble putting it down. I'm about half way through and plan to finish it today if possible. (We've already had a late start, so we'll see...) Last night I found myself trying to tell the Enginerd about this book and why I like it so much. Honestly it is hard to put it into intelligible words outside of Margaret-language. I have a Bachelor's of Religious Studies and books like this are what my college experience was for. I was trying to get an education in things that I wanted to understand. It seems that everything that I went to school to learn appears to be summed up in this one book that is just long enough, but could be oh so much longer (I'll have to check into the television documentary...). I wonder if I still would have pursued my degree if this book had come out first.
Robert Barron has a great way of explaining things. He is capable of bringing ancient examples to life to mix with the contemporary and in detail make clear life and faith. I'd say this is a hard book for me to review, because it is so personal and makes me want to expound and explode back into my research papers and exegesis studies. However what I can tell you is that even with his vast vocabulary this book is understandable and one that anyone and everyone should read. It's not "What is Catholicism?" to me, it's what is Christianity, what is true faith, what is my background, what is my heritage.
*Thanks to Image Books for providing a copy for review.*