I love the 1920’s and I love Paris. These are two things that feature heavily in this book, which also features a few famous figures of the day too; FI love the 1920’s and I love Paris. These are two things that feature heavily in this book, which also features a few famous figures of the day too; F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway to name a few. They were vibrant and I loved seeing them in what was very much their own element. In Ms. Robson’s capable hands, I was enjoying the story but I did have feelings of it being not quite complete. It was good but it didn’t reach its full potential, is what I’m getting at, which is a shame given the art, literature and general renaissance that was occurring there in the post-war world.
I confess, I wish Helena had been more lifelike, she never quite made it to the level of unforgettable main character. I don’t know if this is more because of the author or because Helena just isn’t that wondrous. I wanted her to really embrace the ideals and spirit of the twenties, but it felt like everyone was being held back by the antiquated rules of yesteryear. But all in all, I enjoyed the book, it was a nice read, even if it was slightly predictable and saccharine in spots....more
By now, you know that I am very fond of anthologies; so I was rather thrilled to take part in this tour. I'm very happy that this was set in WWI, a peBy now, you know that I am very fond of anthologies; so I was rather thrilled to take part in this tour. I'm very happy that this was set in WWI, a period of time that I feel is often neglected and forgotten. These wonderfully talented authors have come together, each weaving a story for this poignant anthology.
No two stories are the same; none of the author's sound the same. This is a wonderful thing because if they all sounded the same, they would lose the special touch tht each one possessed. From the first page to the very last, you're in for an emotional roller coaster; one that will leave you breathless at the end of the book.
This isn't a light read; it is one that yes, you can finish quickly, but I think you ought to let the content sink in, y'know? The great loss of life, the tragedy of it all...war stories are never to be taken lightly, whatever war it might be. I enjoyed reading about each character and being invited into their world during the war and the resulting Armistice. Everything and everyone is excellently developed in each story, giving you a rich, well balanced story.
My particular favourite was Marci Jefferson's offering, 'Daughter of Belgium'. ...more
You know when you’re reading a book and you’re enjoying it….then a few hours later, you’ve finished it? This was one of those books for me. It was anYou know when you’re reading a book and you’re enjoying it….then a few hours later, you’ve finished it? This was one of those books for me. It was an all night read for me, actually, but I didn’t mind sacrificing sleep to read about this very fascinating woman. I had never heard of Ms. Woodhull, which is what I think was the point, to take her from the annals of history and to finally give her a much deserved spotlight. We often hear of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, but Victoria Woodhull deserves her place right beside them, if not even more in front of them, seeing as she ran for president with Frederick Douglass as her running mate.
I was struck by Victoria’s tenacity and desire to rise above her ‘station’ and to become a warrior for women, if you will. She was just as much a part of trying to get equal rights for women as the above mentioned women. One can’t help but wonder what she would think about Hillary Clinton running today. I was struck by how the world seemed to work against her, how her ambition seemed to cost her dearly. Yet, she preservered and never wavered, no matter the cost.
I wish I had learned about her in school, but we barely even touched on Ms. Anthony and all of her efforts. I feel this is a disservice as I think it’s important for young women especially to learn about the women who paved the way for us in today’s world.
Ms. Flynn did an outstanding job in giving Victoria a voice and her research is displayed vibrantly and with a passion that I think would match Ms. Woodhull’s own. I was delighted to learn about her and I hope to read more about her in the future.