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Shomeret | 1371 comments 4)Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese (historical fiction) Source: Net Galley Started: 1/14 Finished: 1/21

Why Read: I didn't know very much about the artist, Gustav Klimt, and wanted to find out more.

Comments: The viewpoint characters are two women. One is the subject of the Klimt portrait Woman in Gold which is his best known painting. The other is her niece who famously sued Austria in order to get ownership of the painting. Adele Bloch-Bauer, the woman that Klimt painted, is a more interesting and sympathetic character than her niece. I learned a great deal about Klimt from the book and from the research I did after reading it. Rating B+. If you're reading this on or before February 14th and you would like to win a copy of this book, see my blog tour review at . If you just want to read my complete review, see

5)Exiles: A Mystery in Paris by Lawrence J. Epstein (historical mystery) Source: Amazon Started: 1/22 Finished: 1/23

Why Read: I committed to review this because it takes place in Paris in the 1920's with Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald as characters. It sounded like my idea of a fun read.

Comments: This is not by any means the author's first book. He's written many, but it is his first mystery. You'd never know it because it's very well done. The protagonist is complex, there are plot twists and an unexpected ending. The only thing that might bother a mystery fan is that the MC hesitates to investigate for the first third of the book. For me it worked because I was interested in the MC, the historical personages and the 1920's Paris milieu. Rating A. See my review at

6) Mama Day by Gloria Naylor (magical realist contemporary fiction) 312 pages.
Source: Library Started: 1/28 Finished: 1/31

Why Read: It takes place on a Gullah island off the coast of the U.S. Mama Day is a healer and hoodoo woman. It sounded like it was right up my alley. I've been meaning to read it for years.

Comments: I loved Mama Day, but the MC was her grand-niece Cocoa who left the island to work in New York City. I wasn't that interested in her life because I've lived in NYC and I've read similar stories many times. The parts of the story that take place on the island are wonderful though. Rating B+

I read fewer books than I wanted, but most of them were very good. Two were A rated M/Ts. So it's a really good month even though the journaling was chaotic.

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Ann (annrumsey) | 14402 comments All three of these look like interesting settings and characters Shomeret!

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