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Friday, February 8, 2013

Review : The Flower Reader by Elizabeth Loupas

Tittle : The Flower Reader
Author : Elizabeth Loupas
Publication date : April 3rd, 2012 by NAL

Let me tell you something, I always have this soft spot for flowers. Be it floral dress, the current trend floral pants, you name it. Of course the tittle of this book caught my attention as well. The moment I found out about The Flower Reader, I knew I had to read the book.

Marina Leslie of Granmuir (was also called Rinnette) was gifted with a skill of reading the future with flowers. She was also one of the ladies in court and one day, the dying queen summoned her. She gave Rinnette a secret silver casket and ordered her to give it to the queen's daughter once she returned to Scotland. To Rinnete surprise, there were a lot of people wanted the casket and willing to do anything to get it from her. The court was then full of dirty tricks that caused Rinnete's to lose her loved one. Rinnette demanded justice from the new queen, would she get what she wanted? Rinnette was left alone with the flowers as her sidekicks.

I have to admit that The Flower Reader is one of the best historical fiction I have ever read. It kept my heart beating fast and I could feel Rinnette's emotions. I was so into the story and before I knew it, I reached the last page! It is such a page turner!

I like Loupas' writing style. She clearly knows how to write ancient dialogue. When I read them, I  knew that they belong to historical fiction books. I dislike ones that sounds too present, let's say the setting might be in 16th centuries, but the characters speaks as if they lived in the present days. However, The Flower Reader is completely different and it also has a very nice ending. If you call yourself a historical fiction lovers, you definitely have to add this on your to-read list.

The book itself is quite thick, but don't let the amout of pages scare you. They are worth your time for plot is very rich. There is one thing I don't like about this book, though. Some of the dialougues are in French and I don't speak it at all. So yes, I had to go to Google Translate to find out what they meant. If there was a footnote or something for non French speaker like myself, it'd be awesome.

5 rating for The Flower Reader. I might dislike the French dialogues, but it doesn't lessen my fondness of this book. It is a good read, even for those of you who hate historical fiction *winks*.

Now, your turn, have you read this book or other Elizabeth Loupas novel?
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