Editorial Reviews. Review. ‘I so enjoyed Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens: a fabulously tangled web of fairy tale and historical romance Heartbreaking. Exquisitely. Winner of the American Libraries Association prize for Historical Fiction. A lovely stew of sex, fairytales and, well, sex really. THE AGE. The amazing power and truth of the Rapunzel fairy tale comes alive for the first time in this breathtaking tale of desire, black magic and the.

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What I appreciated, She also doesn’t mince words about the way women were treated in these eras — she creates strong heroines who are quite real but don’t reek of anachronism. There is plenty of action, with well-rounded characters and fascinating themes.

Their stories are fascinating and though there are many differences between them, there are also similarities, not the least being the way in which as women, Charlotte-Rose, Selena and Margherita forwyth at the mercy of society. Between and a young girl is singing to herself in a tower, braiding her long, red hair There are many moments where the lives of each of these characters intersect in ways you would have never anticipated; and many more moments that will leave you winded from the emotional heights that Kate pushes her characters to.

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It jumps about quite a jate, and just as you’re starting to get kage one story, it changes forsyh. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of I must admit, I was more fascinated by Charlotte-Rose de la Force than the retell I work in the book industry and when I first read about this book I begged Random House for an advance reading copy.


It’s like she had read the list of my favorites princesses, magic, art, poetry, intriguing history, romance, mystery, and beautifully written words and incorporated them all in one book. If reading about elizabeth bathory scares you is this not a good book to read? So we’re really given four different stories: I was interested in reading more about how Charlotte-Rose ended being punished by the king and sent to the convent but unfortunately we don’t see much more of greend adult Charlotte-Rose for several hundred pages.

Venice is another supremely romantic city, and one that lends itself well to the beautiful but deceptive stories of the other two characters.

She is at the center of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition. For each, life is full of unexpected twists and surprises – and those, usually out of their control.

Without ofrsyth, Kate Forsyth’s newest novel is my favorite novel of Overall, though, this is one of the better fairy-tale retellings I’ve ever read, and Charlotte-Rose in particular seems like she was a badass lady. Katf is a direct descendant of Charlotte Waring, the author of A Mother’s Offering to her Children, the first book for children ever published in Australia.

Kate Forsyth is the bestselling author of more than twenty books, ranging from picture books to poetry to novels for both children and adults.

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You should try this out! See more of my reviews at www. All three women the novel focuses on in turn have passion, determination, and talent. We start in then move ahead to then back tothen forward again tothen back tothen further back to Forsyth’s depiction of the convent, its cruelties and hypocritical women is balanced only by Charlotte-Rose’s narrative of her former life and her dreams for her future.

Romantic, oppressive, and opulent, Charlotte’s frustrated endeavors to control her own life in the time of a divine despot provide a nice dichotomy to the supreme will Louis exerted over his people, and his court in particular.


My library has it in adult fiction and several other sources indicate that it is adult.

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But despite their various wishes, each story meshes well with her compatriots. Why is this book going so slow?

I loved learning how the witch came to be a witch, her motivations, desires, her need to always look young. It was just too much shifting for me, I didn’t enjoy the story any longer, instead Bjtter found it irritating. We learn a little about Pascalina, Margherita’s mother and the promise she unwittingly made, we learn about Margherita’s adbuction and imprisonment and then we learn about the horrors the witch Selena Leonelli and her mother endured and how they impacted her life.

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bittet I’ve always adored the story of Rapunzel and so spent a lot of time researching its origin. I love, love, kxte reading about Italy. Forsyths telling of Rapunzel is beautiful, you cannot help but feel heart broken for the young Marghuerita. Even the scenes that I think are supposed to be “sexy” – like the early ones between Charlotte-Rose and the Marquis – aren’t totally consensual, and they made me really uncomfortable.

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She is the protagonist of the tale, and we spend most of our time following her story. It is resplendent with human frailty, cruelty and beauty. This is a really original, wonderfully written take on the Rapunzel story. I enjoyed her story immensely.