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The Return
3.76
There are many things to like about The Return, but also some things that were too predictable and required a willing suspension of belief. The good p ...more
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Jan 12, 2012
 
The Aviary Gate
3.46
I am finding it hard to write this review. On the one hand, this book uses a lot of Orientalism cliches, as many of the other reviewers have already m ...more
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Jan 12, 2012
 
The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon's Court
3.80
While I usually prefer historical fiction novels that focus on non-royalty or unknown people from history, I have always enjoyed Michelle Moran's book ...more
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Aug 26, 2012
 
Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life
3.85
I enjoyed this memoir, especially the humor she used to face and cope with a very difficult illness. I can imagine how difficult it must have been to ...more
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Jul 13, 2013
 
The Map of Lost Memories
3.30
On the surface, “The Map of Lost Memories” hits all my bookish sweet spots: archaeology, history, an evocative setting, and the political machinations ...more
Aug 04, 2012
Aug 02, 2012
 
The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great (Catherine, #1)
3.55
While I am a huge fan of historical fiction, I generally stay away from books about royals. I prefer books written from a regular person's perspective ...more
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Jan 02, 2012
 
The Coral Thief
3.16
I finished The Coral Thief last night. It's a smart, engaging book on a time period I don't really think about, (right after the Napoleonic Wars and t ...more
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Jan 12, 2012
 
The Fever Tree
3.61
The Fever Tree is a cinematic novel set in colonial South Africa around the 1880s. As many of the reviewers have already mentioned, the story follows ...more
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Mar 29, 2013
 
The Painted Girls
3.61
This book takes place during the late 19th century in Paris. The story focuses on a poor working class family of young women: Antoinette, Marie, Charl ...more
Dec 13, 2012
Nov 18, 2012
 
Half Life
3.24
I was prepared not to like this book simply because of the cover. As an Indian-American, I get irritated at the Indian lit books that have similar cov ...more
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Jan 12, 2012
 
The Red Lily Crown: A Novel of Medici Florence
3.85
I was thrilled to receive The Red Lily Crown in my first Goodreads giveaway! Elizabeth Loupas's other two novels, The Second Duchess and The Flower Re ...more
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Aug 06, 2013
 
The Sister Queens
3.93
I enjoyed reading The Sister Queens, a novel about the relationship and lives of Margaret, queen of France, and her sister Eleanor, queen of England. ...more
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May 03, 2012
 
The Taste of Sorrow
3.78
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It's a beautiful introspective story of a close-knit family that relies on itself for support, ...more
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Jan 02, 2012
 
The Borgia Betrayal (The Poisoner Mysteries, #2)
3.81
I found this to be a very enjoyable and quick read. There is plenty of historical detail from Rome in the 1400s that gives life to the city and it's f ...more
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Jan 02, 2012
 
Watermark: A Novel of the Middle Ages
3.48
I really enjoyed this book. I thought the writer did a good job with communicating Auda's thoughts and feelings without letting her talk with words. I ...more
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Jan 02, 2012
 
The Taint of Midas
3.71
I am sort of in love with these mysteries set in the Greek islands. I've only read the first two so far. While the mystery itself is not hard to figur ...more
May 19, 2012
May 05, 2012
 
Mumbai Noir
3.37
This is the first time I had read noir stories set in India, which I welcomed. I don't generally read noir, but I love gothic novels, could that be si ...more
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Apr 07, 2012
 
The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora
4.05
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Dec 14, 2012
 
Cracking India
3.81
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Jan 22, 2012
 
Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins
3.87
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Jan 02, 2012
 
Life Mask
3.47
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Jan 22, 2012
 
Rebecca
4.18
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Jan 02, 2012
 
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories
4.05
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Aug 09, 2012
 
The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate
4.10
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Aug 31, 2012
 
The Golden Road (The Story Girl #2)
3.90
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Jan 05, 2012
 
How the García Girls Lost Their Accents
3.60
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Mar 24, 2012
 
White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India
3.86
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Jan 02, 2012
 
Monsoon Diary: A Memoir with Recipes
3.67
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Feb 05, 2012
 
A Perfect Red
3.86
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Jun 29, 2013
 
Emily's Quest (Emily, #3)
4.09
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Jan 05, 2012
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