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The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
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Jan 27, 2011

it was ok
Read from February 05 to 10, 2011

Not up to Alice Hoffman's usual standards. The idea was intriguing - telling the story of the town through a couple of centuries through the eyes of different residents. The residents are all related in one way or another and each short story ties the current resident back to pioneers of the town. Each story was in itself interesting. The book held my attention but mainly because I kept expecting more from Ms. Hoffman. You figure you know why the garden only grows red plants, but when you are told for sure it is not exciting or compelling at all. I just thought....oh, I knew that. The ending is flat as well. I like good endings that leave me feeling satisfied. I was not satisfied. I just sat there and thought 'is that all there is?'

An interesting read but I would not call it a good read. Not my favorite Alice Hoffman volume.
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Judie I totally agree on all points!

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