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Octavio Ribeiro loves truth, beauty, literature, and above all else, his wife Salomé. As a student in Chile, he courted her with the words of great poets, and she fell in love with his fierce intelligence and uncompromising passion. Then a sudden coup brings a brutal military dictatorship into power, and puts anyone who resists in grave danger. Salomé begs Octavio to put h Octavio Ribeiro loves truth, beauty, literature, and above all else, his wife Salomé. As a student in Chile, he courted her with the words of great poets, and she fell in love with his fierce intelligence and uncompromising passion. Then a sudden coup brings a brutal military dictatorship into power, and puts anyone who resists in grave danger. Salomé begs Octavio to put his family’s safety first, rather than speak against the new regime. When he refuses, it’s Salomé who pays the price. Belatedly awake to the reality of their danger, Octavio finds political asylum for the family in Sweden. But for Salomé, the path back to love is fraught with painful secrets, and the knowledge that they can never go home again. Previously published as Swedish Tango


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Octavio Ribeiro loves truth, beauty, literature, and above all else, his wife Salomé. As a student in Chile, he courted her with the words of great poets, and she fell in love with his fierce intelligence and uncompromising passion. Then a sudden coup brings a brutal military dictatorship into power, and puts anyone who resists in grave danger. Salomé begs Octavio to put h Octavio Ribeiro loves truth, beauty, literature, and above all else, his wife Salomé. As a student in Chile, he courted her with the words of great poets, and she fell in love with his fierce intelligence and uncompromising passion. Then a sudden coup brings a brutal military dictatorship into power, and puts anyone who resists in grave danger. Salomé begs Octavio to put his family’s safety first, rather than speak against the new regime. When he refuses, it’s Salomé who pays the price. Belatedly awake to the reality of their danger, Octavio finds political asylum for the family in Sweden. But for Salomé, the path back to love is fraught with painful secrets, and the knowledge that they can never go home again. Previously published as Swedish Tango

30 review for The Rhythm of Memory

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chrissie

    BEFORE READING: I am drawn to read this because the characters come from different cultures: Chilean, French and Finnish . They live in Sweden as foreign exiles, so Swedish customs will also be part of the picture. The status of foreign exiles in Sweden is sure to be an interesting subject. Furthermore it concerns the overthrow of Allende in Chile, and Pinochet's subsequent rule. Finally, I simply very much liked that style of writing found in the sample. NO SPOILERS!!!!!!! Who might be interested BEFORE READING: I am drawn to read this because the characters come from different cultures: Chilean, French and Finnish . They live in Sweden as foreign exiles, so Swedish customs will also be part of the picture. The status of foreign exiles in Sweden is sure to be an interesting subject. Furthermore it concerns the overthrow of Allende in Chile, and Pinochet's subsequent rule. Finally, I simply very much liked that style of writing found in the sample. NO SPOILERS!!!!!!! Who might be interested in reading this book? What is its central theme? What side issues does it cover? The prime theme is how people relate to each other in a family. How do we achieve happiness? Is it through chasing our own individual dreams or is it through the consideration of others in the family? How do you balance these sometimes conflicting goals? Of course there is no rule that fits all situations, but these are the topics central to this book. I believe each reader will have different responses to these central questions and will agree and disagree with the different choices made by the various characters. I believe the purpose of the book is not to show you, the reader, the right answer but to consider these questions. The ending clearly shows the author's point of view. The reader need not agree. The enjoyment is in the observation of how people react differently and in realizing that there is not set answer that is right for all. And that we all make mistakes…… The above central theme is delivered through a story focusing upon four characters with completely different backgrounds and countries of origin. That is what originally drew me to the book. I like books that show how individuals are changed by the historical events of turbulent times. It is my belief that people are influenced by both their "genes" and the events of their lives. People respond to a given "event" so differently. It is this mix of these two forces that I find fascinating to observe. Why does one child growing up with the same parents turn out so very different from his or her sibling? How can one person live through a war and come out whole and able to appreciate life while another can never smile again? Why does one person laugh at another's divergent opinion while another individual is saddened? How do you love a person? I am referring to both the physical, sexual and psychological aspects. How does our love toward our spouse change with time? I absolutely adored the beginning scenes described in this book of how Octavio courted Salomé. She lived in a convent. It was her "job" to collect the oranges from the orchard. Well, Octavio he caught sight of her, and it was love at first sight. So what does he do? He collects oranges and in the navel of each one he inserts a poem. And eventually they meet……. When you read of this fairy tale courting it is beautiful. However, do not expect a fairy tale story. Love is not all sweet words. But, should a man make love differently to a woman after she had been abused? Should he hold her differently – more gently – to keep her from breaking? (page 273) Every reader will immediately respond: "Well, it depends on this or that or…." But you do not read these lines unmoved! Other themes upon which this book focuses are the appropriate guidelines for psychological therapy including the relationship between psychologist and patient, the status of political refugees and the difficulties of assimilation into a foreign culture, survivors' guilt, physical abuse inflicted by corrupt regimes and the resultant psychological problems that arise, Finnish War Children and the psychological problems that arise for those orphans who never regained contact with their biological parents, the need to come to peace with our past, how parents respond differently to each of their children, what is kept secret and what is revealed in a relationship and the courage needed to relive horrible events of our past to ensure that the cruel events of history are brought to light. All of these various themes are beautifully interwoven and each one draws you in. When Kaja at two years of age travels alone from Finland to Sweden, alone with numerous other scared and frightened Finnish children, the writing puts you there on that boat with her and the others. When no one claims her, when one person is kind and another indifferent to her feelings, you empathize. The book grabs your emotions and it makes you think. It has beautiful episodes and horrific episodes. I like the mix. My intention is that this review will help you decide if YOU want to read this book. Do these themes interest you? If the answer is yes, the writing skills of the author will certainly draw you in. I will read more by the author. This alone shows the degree to which I enjoyed the book! There are so many different authors to test, so I rarely read more than one book by the same author no matter how good the book proved to be. Her other books do not cover the same themes. That is a plus too! :0) P.S. I know this is trivial, but it annoyed me immensely. A large part of the story takes place in Västerås, Sweden. This city is on the western tip of Lake Mälaren. Stockholm is located on the eastern tip of this same lake. The book spells this city Vesterås. It must be possible to put the two dots over the a; thy managed to put the circle over the a! They managed to spell Göteborg correctly; why not Västerås?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Glenn

    In “Swedish Tango,” Alyson Richman covers, through tales of personal devastation and resurrection, the tragic political upheaval of Allende’s Chile, the sad, and to most of us I’m sure sadly obscure story of Finnish War children, and the complexities of survivor’s guilt through the eyes and heart of a man only part of whose family escaped prewar France. With these enormous events as backdrop, she manages to at the same time delicately navigate two larger-than-life relationships; relationships wh In “Swedish Tango,” Alyson Richman covers, through tales of personal devastation and resurrection, the tragic political upheaval of Allende’s Chile, the sad, and to most of us I’m sure sadly obscure story of Finnish War children, and the complexities of survivor’s guilt through the eyes and heart of a man only part of whose family escaped prewar France. With these enormous events as backdrop, she manages to at the same time delicately navigate two larger-than-life relationships; relationships whose paths are heartbreaking in their small details and particulars. Because of the ambitious cutting back and forth from story to story, from decade to decade, it would be easy for the author to lose the reader. Yet Ms. Richman never loses her firm grasp on each character On the contrary, that seeming device keeps the reader focused on the people involved--flawed, admirable, impetuous, passionate, and all too human. With an true artist’s hand, she allows you to eavesdrop on them--their conversations, which sound like actual people talking, the way people who know each other, deeply talk to each other, even when they are speaking of events so much larger than themselves. They stay, in today’s vernacular, real. With each choice the characters make, with each turn of the plot, you find yourself leaning forward with them, urging them on, hoping that the choices they make do not destroy them, and fearing for them, as they encounter circumstances beyond imagining. But we don’t have to imagine. Alyson Richman has wonderfully captured the richness of these people in “Swedish Tango,” and their stories echo and reverberate long after the last page.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda Tuplin

    Sometimes, the things we need to do to heal from our past make no sense to others and even less to ourselves. "...even broken things need a home." Such a beautiful, tender story of peace reclaiming shattered lives. Raw in its depiction of prisoners of brutal political regimes, it brings the real life struggles and pain of political refugees to light in a stark, unnerving way. The secrets people carry alone, holding them even from those they most love, can cause such suffering and appear to do so Sometimes, the things we need to do to heal from our past make no sense to others and even less to ourselves. "...even broken things need a home." Such a beautiful, tender story of peace reclaiming shattered lives. Raw in its depiction of prisoners of brutal political regimes, it brings the real life struggles and pain of political refugees to light in a stark, unnerving way. The secrets people carry alone, holding them even from those they most love, can cause such suffering and appear to do so much damage, but the strength and tenacity of the human spirit is almost beyond belief. Never judge another's journey. There are always pieces you will never hold. A book I will hold close to me for a long time.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie Geiser

    Unlike "The Lost Wife," this one left a lot left unanswered. I really liked the other one. This was was a disappointment. Unlike "The Lost Wife," this one left a lot left unanswered. I really liked the other one. This was was a disappointment.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karen zi

    2,5 stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jill Bautista

    I wanted to like this book, but I felt bored reading it, and also the jumps in time confused me.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This was a quick-moving good summer book. The chapters were short and the story moved right along. I like the characters and enjoyed learning a bit about Allende and Pinochet in Chile and also about Finland and Sweeden during the war. The beginning kept jumping around a lot and I had to keep going back to previous chapters to remind myself of who was who, etc. It was a good book, but not well-written enough to be great, in my opinion.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maryanne

    I have read a number of books by Alyson Richman and particularly like the way she writes. Using the reflective process, with vivid descriptions of sights, sounds and smells and bringing some historical elements into the story narrative. In this novel, she merged different cultures, the Finnish and Chilean characters are war survivors that have immigrated to Sweden. They are undergoing the process of healing and reconciling their memories of the past to their present circumstances.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelli

    This book was disappointing for me. I loved the lost wife and I think this book had big potential but it just didn’t work for me. And I probably wouldn’t have read it at all if I had known about the affair but I was already 3/4 of the way through before it happened. The characters seemed too extreme, they were either too idealistic and flighty or they were bitter and unforgiving, which made them seem a little too unrealistic. I did love the transition of the Chilean woman going from a naive girl This book was disappointing for me. I loved the lost wife and I think this book had big potential but it just didn’t work for me. And I probably wouldn’t have read it at all if I had known about the affair but I was already 3/4 of the way through before it happened. The characters seemed too extreme, they were either too idealistic and flighty or they were bitter and unforgiving, which made them seem a little too unrealistic. I did love the transition of the Chilean woman going from a naive girl who adored her husband completely to someone who had gone through the worst possible thing and had to work through this eye-opening experience while also trying to find a way to forgive her husband. I didn’t really understand the point of the other two storylines and wish it had focused more on the coup in Chile and the family there.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    Two individual stories are interwoven and it all comes together beautifully throughout this deeply touching book. The intriguing characters are well developed with a lot of historical background which gives a good understanding of the life and politics in Chili in the 1960's - 1970's. The book comes to life with the beautiful descriptive writing of the landscapes and countrysides. Octavio and Salome Ribeiro are a couple living in Chili. Salome is abducted and wrongly imprisoned by Pinochet's reg Two individual stories are interwoven and it all comes together beautifully throughout this deeply touching book. The intriguing characters are well developed with a lot of historical background which gives a good understanding of the life and politics in Chili in the 1960's - 1970's. The book comes to life with the beautiful descriptive writing of the landscapes and countrysides. Octavio and Salome Ribeiro are a couple living in Chili. Salome is abducted and wrongly imprisoned by Pinochet's regime. She is taken because her husband, Octavio, refuses to retract his criticism of Pinochet. Because of his beliefs of the new regime, the lives of his wife and family are at stake. The family of Octavio and Salome eventually seek asylum in Sweden. Samuel and Kaija are important characters in the story. Samuel and his family escape France during WWII, when Samuel is a young boy, and flee to Sweden. Many family members are left behind in France. Kaija is a Finnish war child. Over 70,000 of Finland's children are sent to Sweden during the war for safety and the prospect of a better childhood. Kaija lives a life of privilege in Sweden. Nearly all the children were returned to their original families when the war ended, but Kaija was not returned until later. Kaija and Samuel eventually meet in Sweden and the story continues on. Alyson Richman has such a creative way of weaving this multi layered story, that spans several generations, into a compelling read. It goes without saying - I highly recommend this book - almost as good as The Lost Wife.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    This was all new to me. I really knew nothing about Augusto Pinochet’s brutal regime…I knew the name, but I could not have even told you what country he ruled. I hoped that what I was reading about him was more fiction than history, but it was not. It was not all that long ago either! I also was not aware of Finland sending war children to Sweden. I knew that Britain sent children out of London, some to other countries, but I had no idea other countries also tried to protect children by sending This was all new to me. I really knew nothing about Augusto Pinochet’s brutal regime…I knew the name, but I could not have even told you what country he ruled. I hoped that what I was reading about him was more fiction than history, but it was not. It was not all that long ago either! I also was not aware of Finland sending war children to Sweden. I knew that Britain sent children out of London, some to other countries, but I had no idea other countries also tried to protect children by sending them away from the war. This is a story of sadness and while I enjoyed learning from it, I really did not like the characters or the basic storyline. If you want to read something fantastic by Alyson Richman, I highly recommend The Lost Wife. This one is just okay, not fantastic.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    What a story. It is the story of Octavio Ribeiro and his wife,Salome, taking place in Chile and Sweden in 1974 and ending in 1998. It quickly follows their courtship and marriage which is followed by a brutal military dictatorship in 1984 . The brutality of war with Salome paying the price when Octavio refuses to put his family's safety first was so overwhelming at times, I had to put the book down. There were other times when I had to simply close it and hold it close because it touched me in s What a story. It is the story of Octavio Ribeiro and his wife,Salome, taking place in Chile and Sweden in 1974 and ending in 1998. It quickly follows their courtship and marriage which is followed by a brutal military dictatorship in 1984 . The brutality of war with Salome paying the price when Octavio refuses to put his family's safety first was so overwhelming at times, I had to put the book down. There were other times when I had to simply close it and hold it close because it touched me in so many different ways. Alyson Richman has become one of my favorite authors. The Lost Wife is the first of her books that I have read and I highly recommend that one also.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    The author has a strong ability to verbally describe subtleties and depict a realistic scene. Unfortunately it's also her downfall. She turns the narrative into an overgrown rose garden and loses some truth in her unpruned verbosity. There was an element of historical interest popping up here and there in the tangoesque (sic) writing, but that was drawn out to its thinnest veneer. The book started out with promise but by the end, turned into a silly Harlequin novel. Disappointing. The author has a strong ability to verbally describe subtleties and depict a realistic scene. Unfortunately it's also her downfall. She turns the narrative into an overgrown rose garden and loses some truth in her unpruned verbosity. There was an element of historical interest popping up here and there in the tangoesque (sic) writing, but that was drawn out to its thinnest veneer. The book started out with promise but by the end, turned into a silly Harlequin novel. Disappointing.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    At first I kept going back to keep track of the dates (years) because I thought it might be like Time traveller's wife but anyway, I got through it easily. Also, I was puzzled as how three stories connect with one another eventually it did but I found myself slightly dissatisfied. I don't get how significant their connection was, to be honest. It was nice read all in all. Just not the way I wouldn have hoped. At first I kept going back to keep track of the dates (years) because I thought it might be like Time traveller's wife but anyway, I got through it easily. Also, I was puzzled as how three stories connect with one another eventually it did but I found myself slightly dissatisfied. I don't get how significant their connection was, to be honest. It was nice read all in all. Just not the way I wouldn have hoped.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette Cortez

    This book is amazing, This book is a page turner. The book was very vivid and may be a bit graphic sometimes but it is a well written book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Bolton

    This book was exquisitely written. The kind of book that stays with you. Wonderful characters and just the ending I wanted. So good!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Probably 4.5 stars, but being stingy was never my strong suit. I didn't realize till I was well into the novel that I'd read the authors first book, The Lost Wife, before as well. The two share some similarities, poignant narratives, difficult historical times, tragedy that is somehow not only endured but eventually surmounted. I loved the vignettes of Chile in this. The description of Santiago seemed all the more real for the time I had spent there. The calamity all the more visceral. I have to Probably 4.5 stars, but being stingy was never my strong suit. I didn't realize till I was well into the novel that I'd read the authors first book, The Lost Wife, before as well. The two share some similarities, poignant narratives, difficult historical times, tragedy that is somehow not only endured but eventually surmounted. I loved the vignettes of Chile in this. The description of Santiago seemed all the more real for the time I had spent there. The calamity all the more visceral. I have to check my more gullible side to keep from looking up Octavio's movies. Ah, I'll probably do it anyway against my more logical assertions that that was fiction not fact. But isn't that the mark of a great story? It makes you believe that everything was real? I suppose that's the trick to historical fiction. This book, if nothing else stressed the importance of communication in a relationship and emphasized how toxic secrets can be. Some of their relations made me so sick with grief and sorrow for their lapses. Some of their passions seemed too melodramatic and made me mentally role my eyes. But are they unrealistic? No, just the typical frustration associated with people who can't see all the foreshadowing as we can. I'd also like to comment on the author's signature of starting the story at the end. I guess that gives you hope, no matter how bleak (though to be honest I often forget it during the muddled middle of the story), but I think it also makes the actual endings seem too brief and abrupt. I'd love in the future if she could draw them out a little more. Create that space from which they will continue forth into the future, give the reader time to let it all sink in.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ann Boytim

    The story is set in Chile among the disruption of government and a sudden coup. Salome is a beautiful woman married to a man who becomes an actor in movies. Their start in life was very humble but Octavio changes when he becomes a movie star. The couple live with their three children in comfort but the new regime is cruel and takes Salome is for questioning even though she is an innocent party and it is her husband who is the outspoken one. Salome is imprisoned, tortured and scarred for life. Fi The story is set in Chile among the disruption of government and a sudden coup. Salome is a beautiful woman married to a man who becomes an actor in movies. Their start in life was very humble but Octavio changes when he becomes a movie star. The couple live with their three children in comfort but the new regime is cruel and takes Salome is for questioning even though she is an innocent party and it is her husband who is the outspoken one. Salome is imprisoned, tortured and scarred for life. Finally she comes home but the family has to flee from Chili and move to Sweden where they begin a new life but Salome cannot forget what has passed.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I loved The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman, so I was very excited to start this book. However, I had trouble getting into this one. It was a very slow read for me. It did not hold my interest. In fact, the first time I checked it out of the library, I ended up taking it back without finishing it. The timeline jumps from past to present and back almost every time the character viewpoint changes. That was also the case with The Lost Wife so it must be a characteristic of Richman. Somehow it worked in I loved The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman, so I was very excited to start this book. However, I had trouble getting into this one. It was a very slow read for me. It did not hold my interest. In fact, the first time I checked it out of the library, I ended up taking it back without finishing it. The timeline jumps from past to present and back almost every time the character viewpoint changes. That was also the case with The Lost Wife so it must be a characteristic of Richman. Somehow it worked in the The Lost Wife but not in The Rhythm of Memory. I am a little disappointed that I did not love this book as much, but that will not keep me from reading another Richman book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I had just travelled to Chile in February and visited the human rights museum in Santiago, so was interested that the book covered the period of time during Pinochet's dictatorship. Not particularly insightful about historical happenings, but certainly an account that would be reflective of some of the terrible experiences of people who were tortured and how it affected their lives. The author kept using unnecessary extra adjectives which put me off a bit. I had just travelled to Chile in February and visited the human rights museum in Santiago, so was interested that the book covered the period of time during Pinochet's dictatorship. Not particularly insightful about historical happenings, but certainly an account that would be reflective of some of the terrible experiences of people who were tortured and how it affected their lives. The author kept using unnecessary extra adjectives which put me off a bit.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    The original title of this book, Swedish Tango, was much more appropriate. Why do publishers muck about with titles like they do? Especially for the American market? The story revolves around refugees: from the Pinochet regime in Argentina to Sweden as well as second world refugees to South America and the Finnish children who were sent to Sweden during the war. The paramount theme though, in my mind, is forgiveness, how, when and why we forgive. A very complex subject

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Written after I read this novel in 2006. Written by a fellow Wellesley grad, this novel has the feel of an epic...in a concise 300 pages. It captures the evil of torture...featuring a Chilean woman in 1974. Today's NYTimes reported that this morning Augusto Pinochet (who is now 91 y.o.) was rescued from death after a heart attack. It actually crossed my mind that instead of saving the bastard they should have given him a jolt or two. Written after I read this novel in 2006. Written by a fellow Wellesley grad, this novel has the feel of an epic...in a concise 300 pages. It captures the evil of torture...featuring a Chilean woman in 1974. Today's NYTimes reported that this morning Augusto Pinochet (who is now 91 y.o.) was rescued from death after a heart attack. It actually crossed my mind that instead of saving the bastard they should have given him a jolt or two.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    This book was so intriguing. I read it between two WWII era books and it was a good fit. I'd never really knew much of the situations in South America during this time period and certainly was unaware of the Jewish people who fled there during the war. I also did was not aware that people fled South America and ended up in Sweden. The Nazis were certainly not the only ones capable of terrible torture as this book showed. The author did an excellent job of following the various characters and ble This book was so intriguing. I read it between two WWII era books and it was a good fit. I'd never really knew much of the situations in South America during this time period and certainly was unaware of the Jewish people who fled there during the war. I also did was not aware that people fled South America and ended up in Sweden. The Nazis were certainly not the only ones capable of terrible torture as this book showed. The author did an excellent job of following the various characters and blending their stories together in a story that was hard to put down.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    I read this book while cruising down the coast of Chile and Cape Horn. Historical fiction, it covers a period from 1973 through 1990 during the rein of terror of Pinochet and describes how one family's decisions has overreaching consequences for decades to come. I thought it was well written and depicts an important story that needs to be told. I read this book while cruising down the coast of Chile and Cape Horn. Historical fiction, it covers a period from 1973 through 1990 during the rein of terror of Pinochet and describes how one family's decisions has overreaching consequences for decades to come. I thought it was well written and depicts an important story that needs to be told.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christina Polychronis

    An enjoyable novel sharing how strong women can be in the mist of issues that are beyond their control. Story shares the insight of how the action of others can so affect the innocent lives of females. Story focuses on different locations as well as time periods. Definitely shows how love endures as well if it's a strong love. Read it. An enjoyable novel sharing how strong women can be in the mist of issues that are beyond their control. Story shares the insight of how the action of others can so affect the innocent lives of females. Story focuses on different locations as well as time periods. Definitely shows how love endures as well if it's a strong love. Read it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Neon the middle of the night with several dozen slips of paper in his pocket and a small knife, he went to the gates of the convent school . With moonlight above him he carved out each fruits navel, rolled up the love poems and inserted them within. From the balcony Octavio could hear her joyful laughter.

  27. 5 out of 5

    May

    May contain spoilers: The unethical abuse within the therapuetic relationship late in the story ruined the entire book for me. The abuse of power is treated too lightly and unrealisticly suggests it might have somehow helped or strengthened the patient.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Smagacz

    An emotional journey back and forth through time. I appreciated the development of characters as well as their respective traumas. At the end of the story I found myself truly caring for each individual even more than I realized. Well written, fast read. Would recommend.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ofra Keny

    It's not that I've expected a page-turner, nor a masterpiece, but the book just felt...unfinished. Alyson Richman is a talented author, but the story was missing a plot, none of the stories was explored deeply, none of the characters evolved...it just felt as if I'm reading a draft to a novel. It's not that I've expected a page-turner, nor a masterpiece, but the book just felt...unfinished. Alyson Richman is a talented author, but the story was missing a plot, none of the stories was explored deeply, none of the characters evolved...it just felt as if I'm reading a draft to a novel.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Great story and beautifully written.

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