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Review: The Golden Bowl

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The Golden Bowl Book Review
It is difficult to give a low review to one of your favorite authors. And I’ve read this book twice. But it barely changed me upon a second read. Somewhere between a 2 and a 3 out of 5 stars, this book has many great moments; however, it’s also very disconnected, almost as those there are several stories consolidated in a single book with at unmatched effort made to weave them together properly. The language — great and consistent. The characters — strong and memorable. The plot — confused and confusing. The theme and lesson — uncertain where it is trying to go. If I separated the stories, they’d each get a 3+, but when I look at this as a whole, as characters in a charade, or people in love… it’s time period seems inaccurate. I am considering reading this a third time, as it’s been a good 15 years since the last read. And I do adore him as a write, but this one was a miss.

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Review: The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter Book Review
4 of 5 stars to The Scarlet Letter, a classic romantic period tale written in 1850, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Students are often required to read excerpts from this book, if not the whole book, during school. I was one of those students, but then I read it again in college as part of my American Romanticism course during freshmen year. But I also read it a third time prior to a movie being released, as I liked the actors in the movie, but wanted to be able to compare the literary work against it… and it had been a while since I’d read the story.

It’s a tough work to get into, given the language and style. But once you do, it flourishes. Apart from being one of the most influential works of Puritan belief systems, it also broke ground by truly focusing on a woman who has done something sacrilegious above and beyond any normal broken sins. To lay with a man when you are not married… ugh, let’s throw some stones at that vixen! Phew… not that I got that out of my system…

I love the story. It was necessary at that time to push the envelope. People needed to break away from Puritan traditions of the former century. Minds were starting to open up about what it meant to be in love, to have a child and to be on your own. I may not agree with some of the lessons in the story, nor with the beliefs of all the Puritanical books, but there’s something to be said when this story can transcend time — and become a much copied work of literature. So many modern stories and books reference The Scarlet Letter… show the “A” on a woman’s chest… even down to something like Pretty Little Liars which has nothing to do with this book, but the villain simply goes by “A” in the first few books. Some may think I’m pushing it by connecting those dots, but it all got its start from this book, in my opinion.

Love it. But can’t give it a 5 as the language is difficult, tho I understand it was fine for the times.



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Review: Cloche and Dagger

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Cloche and DaggerMy rating: 4 of 5 stars to Jenn McKinlay‘s Cloche and Dagger, the first in the “Hat Shop Mystery” series. I’m fond of the author’s other series (Library Lovers) and bought her first issues of all other series. The Hat Shop series has potential and I look forward to learning more as I travel through the remainder.


Story

After a disastrous relationship awkwardly made public, Scarlett takes up her cousin’s offer and moves to London to help manage their jointly owned inheritance, a hat shop from their late grandmother. When she arrives, her cousin has disappeared and sent the business manager, a handsome Harrison, in her place. Scarlett later recalls meeting “Harry” over seventeen years ago, but their relationship has definitely changed this time around. When she delivers a hat to a difficult client, Scarlett finds the woman has been stabbed to death and is naked on the floor. What happened? Scarlett is later almost strangled and then the hat shop is robbed. She decides to investigate several customers who had a connection to the late woman and learns their is a lot of adultery going on in London! But she of course escapes with only a few bruises, eventually finding her cousin back from a trip to Africa on a mysterious mission. But how is it all connected to hats???


Strengths

Scarlett is very likable, as are many of the other characters supporting her into the hat shop-owning foray. Characters are well drawn, quite humorous on many occasions.

The concept of a transplant from southern US to London, where she once visited, is a good one. You don’t want to know anything about her former life in Florida, which is a good achievement by the author as you are already completely absorbed into her new life in the hat shop.


Suggestions

The setting was good, but not extensive. I’d like more descriptions of the street where the hat shop resides, the parts of London they visit, etc. The actual hat shop is well-described but I want more!

The plot on this was a little too simple. It felt like it should have started sooner than it did, as the characters to suspect don’t show up until almost 2/3 into the novel. The wrap up was therefore too quick at the end.


Final Thoughts

While the book felt a little weak, it has the promise of good characters, strong relationships and interesting drama. Hopefully book two doubles down and brings on the depth!

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