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In full disclosure, this was the first time I have ever listened to a novel instead of read it. I thought I’d enjoy it during my 45-minute commute each morning and evening and was looking forward to the 14.5 hours I wouldn’t need to find something to fill the time. The problem is, I loved the story so much I couldn’t put the book down and I finished it MUCH sooner than planned. Not a horrible problem to have! LOL The other note about listening instead of reading (on my Kindle) is I missed the ability to highlight specific/favorite words and phrases.
I read in a book review that the “book is beautifully formatted, with lots of drawings throughout and pictures of old newspaper clippings inserted between the chapters.” Unfortunately, I missed all of that too because of listening to the Audible version. BUT, I absolutely loved listening to Julia Whelan’s inflection and many voices…I will definitely seek out other novels narrated by her.
Overall, I thought the story flowed and is very lyrical, alluring, delicious, and wickedly fun. I was engaged from the start and, as I mentioned above, I didn’t want to put it down. The characters are wonderfully detailed. I loved the tidbits of information sprinkled unexpectedly throughout the story; those bits of details sometimes felt out of place but then, brought to the surface later, are why the time period and individual characters are so well developed and the story so enduring.
Love it and recommend it!!
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This book was exactly what I was hoping for. Great imagery, great characters. The story wasn't too heavy, without being paper thin. The author obviously did a great deal of research and applied it to the story wonderfully. I don't want to blather on all day. If you enjoyes practical magic (book or film) you'll like this.
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