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  • Jane H. (Prospect, KY)
    I REALLY wanted to like this book. But 240 pages into it, I really didn't care what happened to anyone I was reading about. I was into the first part of the book but when they crossed over into the imaginary world of Remembrance, they just lost me. It's a compelling enough story on its own, why insert fantasy into the mix?
  • Judi R. (Jericho, NY)
    Another approach to history
    I was expecting to read an historical novel but instead found that Remembrance was more a mystical adventure story about slavery and the Underground Railroad. What I liked was the location which was a very new approach for me. I found myself in Haiti and for a short time in New Orleans during the time of slavery. The author beautifully described the setting in each location bringing the sights, smells and sounds to life. But unfortunately for me, the story took a turn to a more unrealistic narrative employing spirits and conjuring. There were several timelines and for a while I couldn't see how the author was going to bring them together but in the end I think she did a satisfactory job. I liked the beginning and the end but the middle of the book, on a tangent I didn't expect, and don't usually like, was a disappointment for me. If you approach this more as a magical enterprise with historic overtones, it might be what you're looking for.
  • Mary S. (Hilton Head Island, SC)
    Wanted To Like It, But---
    The author writes well and clearly has a story in mind, but I found her message hard to follow. The history of Afro-American culture was interesting, but had no real purpose as far as I could discern. Maybe the voodoo and black magic didn't appeal to me, but try as I might, I could not finish the book. One of the few stories in my experience that I could not finish. Sorry- can't recommend.
  • Angela K. (Tiburon, CA)
    Remembrance - Not For Me
    I gave this title 75 pages, but it did not engage me as I had hoped because my "go-to" books are historical fiction. I love such stories as Underground Railroad and Orphan Train, but I did not think this novel was close to either of those books. The dialog was disjointed at the beginning and prose a bit too flowery. In the end, I needed to move on to another story.

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