Michele's Reviews > The Red Garden
The Red Garden
Oct 19, 2011
While I enjoyed each individual story, the 2-star rating comes mostly from the frustration I had due to the fact that the stories were just far apart enough in time and with just similar enough names (given names as well as surnames) that I was never sure who was related to whom and what the lineage was. Two things that could have helped with this would have been a) to make the stories just a bit closer in time, historically, or b) to provide a family tree chart at the front of the book. Or both. As it was, I eventually stopped trying to connect everyone, but it detracted from my overall enjoyment of the book. I especially liked how "Dead Husband's Meadow" became "Husband's Meadow" and eventually "Band's Meadow" and wished there had been more references like this. "Harry's Bear" was mentioned once, and could have been a great place name to see a century later, but we never heard it again. Red Garden had a lot more potential than it delivered, ultimately, and I was a bit disappointed in it because I usually have a much stronger connection to Alice Hoffman's books. My two favorites remain Blue Diary and The River King.
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October 18, 2011 – Finished Reading
October 19, 2011 – Shelved