Judy G. (Carmel, IN)
Bone Tired of Reading It
I was disappointed in this read although I was initially intrigued by the description and the author. I felt the story dragged on way too long with relatively meaningless dialogue for 2/3's of the book. Predictable; with some surprise at the end. After reading this I doubt I will choose this author again. Megan Chance has a gift for describing certain scenes in a beautiful way; however, I feel she has not mastered sustainable prose throughout a book of this length.
Janice T. (Ruckersville, VA)
I really enjoyed this book. It is quite different from anything that I have read. The characters are totally believable. Leonie has promised her dying father to marry his assistant, 20 years her senior. Her father has trained her as an "ethnologist", studying indian artifacts and remains in Pacific Northwest in the 1800's. She discovers an indian mummy in a basket. The mummy speaks to her in dreams. She is drawn to her and her long ago buried secrets and this changes her life forever.
The story has a nice twist that I only discovered towards the end of the novel. Very enjoyable reading.
Joanne V. (Towanda, PA)
An Excellent Read
I really liked this book! The characters were well drawn and I could feel the atmosphere, the cold and wet and the struggles of Leonie. Even though I sort of figured out the ending, the author really made it even more compelling in the way she tied it together. I would definitely recommend this book and it would be a really interesting book group discussion.
Joyce S. (Tyrone, GA)
A Woman's Strange Journey
A very engrossing story. I liked Leonie Russell from beginning to end and cheered her struggle to be herself and think for herself against the wishes of both her father and her husband. An inherently kind and thoughtful person it isn't always easy for her to make waves but she learns to seek her own life and happiness. Enough surprises to keep you really interested.
Mary D. (New johnsonville, Tn)
Thanks for this opportunity to give my first impression. I always read to escape. My work has enough realism. I love to read a book and forget everything around me. I couldn't wait to get back to reading each time my responsibilities made me stop. There was just the right mix of suspense, romance and history. I look forward to reading more novels by Megan Chance. Sometimes I find myself rushing the ending of a book in order to get to the next one. I always want to be in a story not ending one. That was not possible with this novel. I didn't want to miss anything. Great read.
Patricia D. (Woodland Hills, CA)
Historical Fiction at its best
Here is a story in which you actually lose yourself and become one with the characters. As a reader, I floated around like the spirits Leonie dreamed about and needed to know the secrets kept by the the Leonie's father and her husband Junius. Megan Chance writes with detail and feeling and allows the reader to feel the cold of the storms and waters of the oyster beds. She has researched the time period with great precision and given her character, Leonie, the strength to fight for what she needs and wants as a woman.
This is one of those special books that tells a unique story through mystery and romance by an author who knows how to write and intrigue her readers. This will be one of my favorite books of 2012.
Betty B. (Irving, TX)
One of My Favorite Books This Year
Once I began the prologue, I was hooked. I read page after page, and hated when I had to put it down. And then as I neared the end I felt like I didn't want it to end. In my opinion, that's a really good book. The characters are compelling, especially Leonie. The writing is beautiful and atmospheric. Throughout the book I felt as though I was there on the Querquelin River. I found the native American culture interesting and I was sad at how their culture was treated by ethnologists. And I was reminded how hard the life of a woman during this period was.
There are many wonderful themes for discussion, and I can't wait to recommend to my Book Club.