Apr 30, 2012

2012 eclectic reader challenge: april - historical fiction

From www.goodreads.com : 

"At fourteen, Simone Fleurier is wrenched from her home on a Provençal lavender farm and sent to work in Marseilles. Her life there is hard and impoverished, but Simone discovers the music hall and a dream: to one day be a famous dancer and singer...

Belinda Alexandra has created a tale of passion and courage that moves from the backstreets of Marseilles to the grand music theatres of Paris, from the countryside of Provence to decadent pre-war Berlin and jazz-age New York. " 

Felt a bit 'meh' in the 1st half of this book, but am so glad I pressed on! I loved the story & the WW2 history from a French perspective was fascinating. The characters were maybe a bit 2D if I'm gonna b picky - but I really loved this. 

Never read anything from this author before (this was recommended by a bookmobile regular!), But will def read more of Belinda Alexandra's stuff! I gave it 4/5 stars on Goodreads (Would've given it 4.5 stars if I could've!)

1 comment:

  1. Glad you enjoyed it in the end Anji.
    You might want to try Fiona McIntosh's The Lavender Keeper which seems to have similarities to this

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out