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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 3 minutes
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- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 5 Feb. 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQF7JI
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Mariella goes to Sebastopol to visit her sick fiance, Dr Henry and also to try and find her missing cousin Rosa. The book jumps from past to present taking the reader through the build up of Mariella and Rosa's relationship to Mariella's search for her. Whereas I usually love the inconsistent time setting in books, I think this one would actually have benefitted more from a linear narrative. I think it would have built up a better understanding of the before and after Mariella. However, the story was still beautifully told and a joy to read. The only let down was the ending which was such a shame because, for me, it really ruined the book. There was so much possibility for the ending that it just felt to me that the author just gave up on her story which was really upsetting. However, the book is still a great read and i would recommend it.
Sadly, the story doesn't live up to the richness of the background in which it's set. The characters are cliched, bland and two dimensional and although the action and plot do drive the reader towards the end, the denouement is predictable in almost every respect. In addition, at the end, the whole thing suddenly grinds to a halt in a most unsatisfactory manner.
On balance, The Rose of Sebastopol is a solid 3 star novel. The story although told well, won't deliver anything you haven't read before but the vivid depiction of the period and the affecting war scenes rescue this novel and render it a worthwhile read.
In the beginning timid Mariella and her fiery cousin Rosa could not be more different in character even though the facial similarity between the two is often remarked upon. However, their respective journeys to and in the Crimea and their relationships with the other characters alter one of them in particular and following her journey of self-discovery is a very rewarding one.
The reason i have given this only three stars is that the ending was a bit of a let down and the characters unravelled towards the end leaving me unsatisfied as to a true solution. The added factor of the "Richard and Judy" book club style questions and discussions that are printed at the back of the book only added to my annoyance. But that was probably because I bought it in paperback and it is going to be reviewed by them. Gawd help us all!
Totally involving until you get to the end. And no, tapestry and needlework will not save the world!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
On the whole I enjoyed this book. I like reading historical fiction, and this book painted a great picture of life for a women in the mid 1850's. Read morePublished 11 months ago by ThePaiges
Lots to discuss at the book club around the subject of this bookPublished 16 months ago by joan harkness
Mariella's life is a fairly simple one. She is devoted to her duties within her family and sewing circle. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jo D'Arcy
Mere word-spinning. The Crimean War researched and then clumsily blocked in to fill out a trashy romantic bit of nothing. Inconsistent and flimsy narrative.Published 20 months ago by SMM
A Biographical story which is fascinating. My wife enjoyed this book very much.Published on 17 July 2014 by K. Slater