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Palace Circle by Rebecca Dean
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Mar 21, 2009

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Read in May, 2009

I am still debating whether or not I should have given this three stars. I think 3.5 would have been great but I find myself still thinking about this book so maybe it does deserve four stars.
A sweeping story set over 30 years about a woman named Delia and her posterity. Delia is 18 at the start of the novel and the new wife of Lord Conisborough. She is a rowdy American and quickly falls into life as a rich aristocrat in London. The story is in parts and each parts highlights the life of a particular character all while still keeping your abreast of the others.
I liked this book. I found the characters to be enjoyable and the story, set during WWI to the start of WWII, to be quite interesting. A lot of the story is set in Cairo and I loved reading about its role in getting ready for WWII. I think my only complaint about this book is the brevity in which some incidents are just glossed over. Like one character is introduced to a certain male and in the next paragraph is marrying him. I guess the author had to fast forward through their lives at times to get everything in she wanted. I mean she does focus on five different characters and 30 years. So, I am reconciling myself to abruptness I felt at times.
Overall, I really enjoyed this. I mean I read all 425 pages in about two days and that is something with two kids. I MUST have really enjoyed it. That or I have no more TV shows to watch!

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