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Daughters of Rome by Kate Quinn
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Aug 31, 2011

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c2011. A charming book but nothing like Phillipa Gregory who Ms Quinn is compared to by Elle magazine. I don't think that I 'felt' the historical detail as I do with Ms Gregory. Certainly the motivation behind the actions of the 2 sisters and the 2 cousins are explained but I just felt that something was lacking. Not sure what it was - on paper it had everything; gladiators, hunky slaves, brutality, army action, political intrigue, horse racing etc etc...but still left me looking for a pudding. The male characters were fairly one dimensional which is expected considering that the story is from the POV of female characters. Rather hunky, though! Recommended though - as it was a good read." Because we are like a chariot team,' Diana explained. 'Cornelia on the inside - slow but like a rock around the turns. Marcella next, steady on the inner pair. Then Lollia, fast but wild. And on the outside, me. Fastest of anybody.'

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