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New Release Book Review: Bridget Crack by Rachel Leary

Date of publication: 2017-07-09 07:49

Great review Amanda. I loved Beauty in Thorns also, but Georgie 8767 s narrative was my favourite. And Forsyth 8767 s imagery and symbolism superb.


She needs to catch 8766 The Withering Wringer 8767 , but it 8767 s not going to be easy. Demoted for her inappropriate behaviour, she must take orders from a man and not just any man an ugly one.

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Beauty in Thorns offers a rousing narrative, focussed on the alluring world of the arts in nineteenth century Britain.  The Pre-Raphaelites, a secret society of artists who were opposed to conventional art, come before the reader’s eyes, through the guiding light of accomplished storyteller Kate Forsyth. My knowledge of the Brotherhood only extends as far as observing some of their beautiful paintings in the Tate London and my viewing of the television miniseries, The Desperate Romantics , which recreated the Brotherhood on the silver screen. Forsyth filled the gap in my knowledge in this area and extended my understanding further, by providing me with a unique female centered perspective on the Pre-Raphaelites.

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Beauty in Thorns is another unforgettable and original tale from a writer I hold in deep regard. Forsyth’s ability to provide the reader with a story seeped deep in the alluring art society, deftly merges themes of love, loss, obsession and ambition. Beauty in Thorns , is the perfect combination of fairytale and history. Forsyth works hard to provide a voice to an influential collection of women to have lived and loved in her latest novel. Beauty in Thorns is definitely one for those who love historical fiction, appreciate art history or  love the magic of fairytales.

This is a difficult book to describe really. I thought I knew what I was getting in for but it was so much better than I could have hoped. Wrapped in a classic crime mystery is a really hard look at the way society treats the different genders and what it 8767 s like to live on the other side. I found it to be a much more fascinating read and once I got over my initial stumble, I flew through the book.

William Morris fell head-over-heels for a ‘stunner’ from the slums, Janey Burden. Discovered by Ned, married to William, she embarked on a passionate affair with Gabriel that led inexorably to tragedy.

I was so excited when I received the newest book in the St Grizzle 8767 s series. I loved the first book and I couldn 8767 t wait to see what the girls (and boy, and goat!) at the school have been up to since the events of the last book.

She runs from there and finds herself imprisoned by the impenetrable Tasmanian wilderness. What she finds there-what finds her-is Matt Sheedy, a man on the run, who saves her from certain death. Her precarious existence among volatile and murderous bushrangers is a different kind of hell and, surrounded by roaring rivers and towering columns of rock, hunted by soldiers and at the mercy of killers, Bridget finds herself in an impossible situation. In the face of terrible darkness, what will she have to do to survive?

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