Pages: 480 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/England
Challenges- 100 Books In A Year 2012, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge 2012, Krazy Kleypas Reading Challenge,
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I have been working on this review for a while. It was one of the victims of my epic computer failure of 2012 not once but twice. I had to read this book twice so luckily I loved it both times. So much that I will be buying the first book, The Lady's Slipper, right away.
I didn't know what to think of Ella when I first met her. She's a bit difficult. She's selfish, she's sometimes not the nicest person on the planet. But I liked her. I really did. I spent more time identifying with her than I did disliking her. I think that's a mark of a great writer...making a likeable character out of someone like Ella. Sadie was so different from Ella. She was shy, sweet and an utter victim without being weak. I felt for her and was rooting for her throughout the whole book.
This was one of the most interesting books I have picked up in a long while. I loved that I liked and identified with both Ella and Sadie. They are two completely different women but Swift drew them both so well. The storyline was also quite interesting and the writing was absolutely beautiful. I haven't read a pure historical fiction in a long time and I think this may have reawakened my love of them. The historical detail was amazing. It was authentic from the language to the descriptions and dialogue. Swift was true to the time period and the setting. I appreciated the detail and the fact that this book is quite chunky. I love a good 400+ page book.