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Earthly Joys by Philippa Gregory
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Nov 18, 2008

really liked it
Read in November, 2008 , read count: 1

I felt the story was compelling; it was easy for me to want to read more. The characters were complex and learned and changed as they grew. It also inspired me to do more with my garden! It reminded me once again how much we take tulips for granted...
I was very interested in the history behind it. Most of the characters are real, I understand. Was the main character a real person? This is a period of time I know less about than other periods (Elizabethan, for example, or Georgian and later), so it was interesting to me to fit this in to the other eras I know about.
I like that she tackled big issues (religion, monarchy and hierarchy and fealty), but didn't have a dictated answer, even at the end.
Although I thought the end, when he finds a nice young lady to take care of his grandchildren was a little bit of an easy out... Overall, very nice, though!
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