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392 pages, Hardcover
First published March 8, 2016
Hello my fellow bookworms! You know how sometimes you have read all those books but just don't have the words
or time for a full review? I certainly do and thus Bookworm Bites was born. These are essentially mini reviews. Enough to give you a good idea about my feelings though. Hope you enjoy!
This book exceeded my already high expectations. Thanks to my darling friend Pili, I was introduced to Sharon Biggs Walter with her first book, A Mad Wicked Folly. I loved it. I was expecting a crazy expedition about some flower. What I got was so so much more. There was so many different unique settings which was such a huge portion of the book, such as a clipper ship and the journey itself through China. There was also a perfect introduction to the new love of my life Alex. He was such an intricate part of Elodie's journey and in a totally non-romantic way (smirk). I loved this book so much that I know I am jumping all over the place but there was not a single thing I wasn't entranced by. You can tell Sharon was incredibly well versed in the times and the goings on. Everything felt so extremely authentic. It seems like Elodie's sudden travels from her safe life in England to a grand adventure to procure an rare Orchid is a bit grandiose but, it was told in such a perfect manner that it felt realistic. Such a perfect read for Historical Fiction lovers like myself. Its a perfect blend of suspense, family, love, adventure, and self discovery. Don't be fooled by the blurb it's about so much more than a flower.
THIS IS NOT A RETELLING OF JANE EYRE! I would say it's an extremely loosely based on it. Blurbs can be so deceiving. What this book is is an extremely smart, tale of a girl who grows into a woman and deals with some very unfortunate situations. The writing itself is incredible tongue and cheek. I LOVED it! The beginning was a bit slow and I was very unsure if I was even going to finish reading but once over those initial 50 pages I was knee deep in witty delight. This is not a Mike Myers type of killer. It is more victim of circumstance who doesn't let the world come down on her. Jane's voice and perspective are simply splendid and wildly entertaining. This is a MUST read for anyone who enjoys a witty smart tale about about a woman who take sher future into her own hands in a time when that was unheard of.
“I hope that the epitaph of the human race when the world ends will be: Here perished a species which lived to tell stories.
We tell stories to strangers to ingratiate ourselves, stories to lovers to better adhere us skin to skin, stories in our heads to banish the demons. When we tell truth, often we are callous; when we tell lies, often we are kind. Through it all, we tell stories, and we own an uncanny knack for the task.”
― Lyndsay Faye, Jane Steele
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"The bottom half, this . . . pouch" - she was whispering so quietly that I had to lean in to hear here - "resembles a man's . . . parts. And the top of this flower resembles a lady's" - she waved her hand below her waistband - "bits."
"Oh," I said, I looked at the plant, and I could see it, at least i thought I could see it, having never seen the male part myself, but it made sense. Then I couldn't help it. I began to laugh and laugh despite Mrs. Wainright's sputters of indignation.
And I could not stop.