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The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise by Julia Stuart
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Sep 17, 2011

it was amazing
Read from September 17 to 22, 2011

How many ways can I say I love a book? This was a quaint, light-read. Not a very long book, either, and font that makes it easier to read overall. Balthazar Jones is a Beefeater working at the Tower of London, where although history has long exited the quarters, the inhabitants of the Tower, those who work there, the tourists who flock to see the attraction, as well as the menagerie of animals, make this a quirky little tale. Balthazar and his wife Hebe have lived there for many years, and are struggling to keep their marriage together amidst the unresolved grief over the death of their son Milo. Hebe finally cannot take it anymore and leaves Balthazar, who is thrown into a state of turmoil unlike anything he thought he'd already went through. In the meantime, his 180 year old tortoise disappears, the komodo dragon escapes and apparently slaughters the endangered raccoons, the clergyman in the area is writing erotic novels in secret, the barmaid at the neighborhood bar is pregnant and trying to keep it secret, the Ravenmaster is boffing in secret amongst the ravens he keeps, Hebe's co-worker has a curious habit of inhabiting facial hair when distressed, and Hebe is trying to track down the owner of a pomegranate rose urn. Sounds like there's a lot going on? Oh yes, and that's part of the fun of this novel. You never want to let any of these characters go, they become like family members by the time you're done reading this. There's a heart beating under this story, and it's one you never want to stop beating.

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