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The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney
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Feb 18, 2009

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Read in March, 2009

I definitely enjoyed this book, but I didn't *love* it. While the story was interesting and engaging, I didn't find myself particularly moved by, or connected to, the characters. Somehow, the story and the characters didn't seem authentically rooted in the 1867 era. Also, I found the writing to be somewhat clunky. Going back and forth between present tense and past tense was a bit distracting, as was the approach of having one character's perspective told in 1st-person while all the others were in 3rd-person. Still, the mystery itself was intriguing and kept me wanting to turn pages, and the character of the mother was somewhat captivating. While I don't think the writer fully captured the look and feel of the period, or of the horror of the cold north, I do think her story could make a great movie.

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