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Daughters of the Storm
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2000
This is another example of Buchans excellance in writing a story full of atmosphere and imagination. The story is set in brink of the French Revolution in the shadow of "la mere guilliotine", a time in which many french aristocrats were put to the guillotine because of the rebellions in places such as Versaille and Paris. Buchan descirbes this beutifully with great attention to detail and also showing the emotions in words. Daughtrs of the Storm is epic but also romantic adventure of three young ladys which turn into women forging ther way through the French Revolution and breaking ties to find love and romance. Dealing with issues such as adultery. a great read I would recomend it to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2014
I have enjoyed a number of other novels by Elizabeth Buchan, but I have to say I was very disappointed with this one. I think she's trying a bit too hard for effect. I've given it 3 stars partly because it was so cheap, and for that it could just about be considered OK as holiday reading. What really annoyed me are the number of typos. They are everywhere and of all types, I suppose this may be because the price is so low, and some of them are quite funny.... I particularly enjoyed a sentence about 'Fat' taking a hand (should be Fate I think!)
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on 21 May 2015
A story set around the French Revolution, that intertwines the lives of three women.
For me, the history and the retelling of the events of the French Revolution surpassed the characters own story. The author did not shy away from the horrific events, but put them front and centre which really made the events real for me, and she really bought Paris and Versailles to life - from the sewer filled streets of the capital to the bright and glittering palace, all with an undercurrent of unease as the stirrings of revolution began.
The characters themselves were fleshed out well, but while I really didn't connect with them it was interesting to see where their story went and I'm glad the author didn't sugarcoat anything. Sometimes the narrative was confusing, it would go from a thought to action without me realising it. The to and fro-ing of the characters sometimes jarred the plot but I quickly got used to the format. But overall, I really enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 2014
I notice that others have commented on the poor quality of the typing. So many errors - words missed out or repeated, sentences that didn't make sense on first reading. It certainly spoilt my enjoyment of this book and puts me off choosing another by this author. Surely books that are put on Kindle have proof readers?
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2001
As a French Revolution obsessive I had high hopes of this novel -- however, although it was nicely written with a suitably evocative style it was also extraordinarily badly researched with the author continually making factual errors and showing little understanding of the society (high or otherwise) of the period. The book also shamelessly 'borrowed' from the authentic 'memoirs of madame de la Tour du Pin' in even the most trivial details of events and dress... Avoid.
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on 12 August 2014
Words cannot describe the horror of the French Revolution but Buchan succeeds in conveying the terror and violence of the
Period in a way I've not come across. Here is the story of how the aristocracy lived during the Reign of Terror. It's truly horrific and with a blow by blow account interspersed within the story you feel as if you're there experiencing all of the terror and bloodshed. I've never really thought of how this time affected the ruling classes, it's easy to sympathise with the downtrodden and hungry poor. This book sheds a light on how awful it was for people who didn't do anything wrong but were born into the wrong family. A truly haunting novel and well worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2014
This book kept me focused and interested to the end. The characters were 'real'.
I dont often read historical npvels but this stimulated my interest and imagination.
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on 27 July 2014
I had forgotten what a great book this is. Now that 'Daughters of the Storm' has appeared in kindle form, I read it again after many years. I found myself fascinated as Elizabeth Buchan brought the French Revolution alive for us in all its gruesomeness. The Author portrays the almost obscene opulence of that period before the revolution where she has set her characters and plot. The inevitable consequence of the events that happened during 'The Terror' in Paris are beautifully handle by Elizabeth Buchan. This is well worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 May 2014
Poor dialogue, sometimes bad. Interesting historical detail but could have been much better if personal relationships had been more true to life.
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on 8 April 2014
Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the characters and the plot as a whole I couldn't stand the amount of typos. To say there were hundreds is probably an understatement. At times I had a read a sentence two or three times to get the gist of what the writer was trying to say. Is English her first language I wonder? Did anyone proof read this? If so they should get the sack. So in spite of enjoying the story it doesn't deserve anything more than 2 stars. Such a shame, with more care it would have been 4.
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