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The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon
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Feb 23, 10

bookshelves: 2010, england, historical-fiction
Read from January 26 to 31, 2010

I liked Mariella quite a bit more at the end than I did at the beginning of this book. I couldn't really figure out what it was that Rosa loved so very much about her when they met as children, except perhaps that she was so isolated and Mariella just happened to be a person that was there to love. Early in the book she is so proper and obedient and ladylike that, other than her obsession with Henry, she hardly seems to have a personality! But through disappointment, adversity and being forced to learn a little self-sufficiency, she becomes a much more whole and interesting person by the conclusion. It's not easy to grow a backbone, but we all have to sometime!
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