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“At first I couldn't get into this book. The initial story was lackluster and boring and I considered putting the book down, but then I got to the second story... This book actually is composed of three stories that go backward in time. Each earlier story affects the story you read before it. And...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I wanted to love it, and enjoyed some of the dialogue, but the recurring ideas of "No one really understands me because I'm different" and "I love him even though he's awful/a cheater/not interested/ wrong for me" didn't do it for me.”see full review » see other reviews »
“A poignantly, beautiful story told going backwards in time. Well, it starts in the present day ending with the part set in the Fifties, where it all began. What running themes carry across the book? Parental relationships, sick mothers, abandoning fathers, sibling friendships and rivalry, lovers, death and most importantly the Lion Park Hotel in Knightsbridge and Mrs Ridge.
In the first part we have two sisters, the younger whose jealousy towards her sister nearly ruins their relationship. Their mother had cancer during their childhood, their father leaves because he cannot cope. Now Allie, the eldest is getting married to a man who is terminally ill.
In part two, we see Frieda, the groom's mother cope with her life. Frieda has a close relationship with her father until he leaves her mother for the bereaved wife of a patient. When her father moves on she cannot deal with this and she becomes closer to her mother. Frieda works at a Knightsbridge hotel and meets a struggling musician engaged to be married to one of two wealthy, very close, heroine addicted sisters.
The final part of the story is devoted to Lucy, the mother of the sisters in part one. Lucy's mother has passed away and Lucy has come to London with her father and his new wife. After they have booked into the hotel, Lucy escapes her father and his prickly wife, wandering off to Hyde Park where she talks to two sisters, both very blonde and very close. Later on, after a tragic event, Lucy becomes ill and is treated by a doctor.
Without giving too much of the story away, I hope I have managed to give you the gist of some of the pieces which link these people together in far more ways than one.
In real life, they say the world is not that big and in many ways that is true. How many people do you know who are connected in more ways than one or who frequently pop up in your life over the years for differing reasons? That has certainly been the case for me on occasion. ”
“I liked this book. Looking forward to reading more by this author.”Wendy H wrote this review Thursday, August 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Despite glowing reviews everywhere, I found this to be a fairly typical love story, or rather a trio of love stories. Each is centered at the Lion Park, a London hotel, and the characters in each story are somehow related to each other. The stories take place in 1999, 1966 and 1952 and each involves a woman who loves the wrong man. I enjoyed the stories well enough but this book just didn't have the indefinable "something special" that I expect from Alice Hoffman. I vastly preferred her more recent books The Dovekeepers, Blackbird House, and The Probable Future, among others.”Leslie H wrote this review Saturday, June 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Yuck!”Romantic @ Heart wrote this review Tuesday, May 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love Alice Hoffman books.”Nonna wrote this review Thursday, April 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I have never read a book by Alice Hoffman that I didn't like. This is no exception. The description on the book jacket, however, doesn't describe the story. It was really amazing!”Melissa Kristine N wrote this review Thursday, January 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I couldn't get into it and found it boring. ”Dawn wrote this review Wednesday, October 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“whining sisters.....yawn”Darlene wrote this review Thursday, August 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An intriguing story that twists and turns reminding us of how closely we are connected ie the six degrees of separation. The story begins in 1999 focusing on Alllie and Maddy Heller and Allies upcoming wedding to Paul. This begins the introduction of an array of noble but often flawed characters and their personal dramas.
Moving backwards to 1996 when Allie and Maddy's mother, Freda Lewis, was 19 and wanting to spread her wings to fully experience life in the city at any cost. Working as a maid at the Lions Hotel Frieda meets Jamie, her first love and also Stella and Marrianne whose lives will cling to her like velcro in a less than comforting manner.
In 1952 we meet Lucy Green who was destined to be Allie and Maddy's mother. A strong willed child whose mother had died and her father had remarried to a women whom Lucy was told that she had to call her "mother". Her mother had instilled the story of the heron's magical presence.
The Lion Hotel was a reference for each of them.
I think my favorite Alice Hoffman book.