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City of Dreams by Beverly Swerling
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Nov 05, 08

Read in January, 2007

I am sorry, as much as I love historical fiction, and as much as I LOVED Shadowbrook: A Novel of Love, War, and the Birth of America, I could not get into this book. While I appreciate the amount of research the author did into medical history of this time and treatment of slaves, the gore factor is WAY OVER THE TOP. Page after page after page, compounded with unappealing characters who even if one started to care, disappeared into another generation.

I gave up after 200 pages. I give the author kudos for the well done research and keeping with known facts, but as stated before, the gore factor is way over what I can stomach for 600 pages. If you are not sure if this is for you, I suggest you check it our from your local library. Then, if you absolutely love it, buy it. JMHO.

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