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The Perfume Garden (2012)

by Kate Lord Brown(Favorite Author)
3.73 of 5 Votes: 3
1848879334 (ISBN13: 9781848879331)
review 1: Kate came to the Penzance Literary Festival to talk about her book. I read it beforehand as I was interviewing her. Often, if one has to read a book, it can be a bit of a chore, but Kate's book immediately grabbed my imagination. I am anyway interested in the Spanish Civil War, and am currently writing a book myself set in the context of that incredible, imagination-grabbing conflict, and there are so many books about it that it can be difficult to get a new perspective. I loved Kate's angle of weaving a contemporay story in amongst a very personalised view of the conflict. I also love to find out abut new things, and I knew nothing about Robert Capa and Gerda Taro - and the origins of war photo-journalism. I didn't feel it needed the modern romance element - but I prefer ... morehistorical fiction to romantic fiction, so I'm sure most people would love that element too.
review 2: What a disappointment. A setting and plot with so much potential, I even like the flicking between past and present - however it left wanting throughout. Key events in history watered down by a predictable plot, 2D characters and a general lack of depth. Just too many mentions of crisp white cotton, masculine jaws and effortless elegance - I had to double check a light-hearted romance novel hadn't slipped in between the covers - rather than the stimulating read the marketing promised. less
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I really enjoyed escaping from the crazy busy world into this book
Seduced by the cover, cheated on by the book.
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