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To Turn Full Circle by Linda Mitchelmore
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Jul 23, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: for-review, ebooks, historical-fiction, read-in-2012, romance
Read from August 10 to 24, 2012

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Up until now, I haven’t really ventured into the world of historical fiction – I wasn’t really intrigued by these stories and I knew they wouldn’t be my cup of tea. But then I saw To Turn Full Circle and something changed. I genuinely liked the sound of this story, the story of a young girl with a difficult past, and decided that this novel would be a great way for me to branch out and to start my journey into unknown territory. And I have to say, it was definitely worth it.

What I loved about it the most is the fact that it appeals to such a wide audience. Based on the fact that the main character, Emma, is only 15 when the novel starts one would think it’s aimed at the young adult generation only. And how wrong I was in assuming this! To Turn Full Circle, I think, is definitely one of those books that all generations would enjoy – adult and young adult alike. There are no cheesy make-out sessions or anything else that would be too “offensive” for young readers and adults will no doubt find it a charming story.

Emma is a lovely narrator and main character and I really liked her. She’s still very young and naive at the beginning and she has a lot to learn but I loved the fact that she didn’t let go of her dreams and she was brave enough to stand up for herself. To be honest, I have a love-hate relationship with good guys like Seth because I often find them almost “too good to be true”. I felt the same way about Seth but I really started to like him by the end. In a way he’s quite similar to Emma. They’ve both been through a lot but they do everything they can to forget the past and to achieve their dreams, to be happy. Matthew Caunter, however, was someone I loved from the start. He’s quite a mysterious and complex character who I hope to see more of in the sequel.

The only reason why I’m giving this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because I didn’t find it unputdownable. It didn’t keep me up until 2 in the morning, holding my Kindle with white knuckles, not wanting to put it down. Having said that, it’s a beautiful romance which both the young adult and adult generation would adore. If I had to sum it up in one sentence, I’d say To Turn Full Circle is Pride and Prejudice meets a modern Romeo and Juliet. The setting, the whole era and Emma herself reminded me of Jane Austen’s stories and their atmosphere, but at the same time the rivalry between the Jagos and Emma’s family and the forbidden love theme is like a modern version of Romeo and Juliet. It really is a great combination and fans of historical fiction are guaranteed to fall in love with it. It’s the first book in a trilogy so I’m really looking forward to seeing how Emma’s story continues.

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