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The Lady's Slipper by Deborah Swift
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Sep 03, 11

bookshelves: first-reads
Read from February 11 to August 30, 2011 — I own a copy

I am fond of historical fiction in general, and the basic plot had real possibilities. I had a hard time getting into this novel, however, and abandoned it several times before finally finishing it. While it was a decent enough novel, the story felt too fantastical to me. I was left wondering what her point was and why she didn't flesh out the relationships between her characters more. There seemed to be too many voices clamoring for attention and I was left with the feeling that the Epilogue was the most well crafted part of the book. It seems that every political and cultural issue of the day was jammed into this story, at times feeling like it served no other purpose than to show the author did research on the period so she could push the book from novella to novel.

Overall, once I got into the book it was somewhat enjoyable, if a bit disjointed. It was a decent attempt and I will be looking for more novels from this author to give her writing another try.

I received this book through the Goodreads First Read program.
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