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Although it is an alternative history, the book gives a great deal of insight into the Romanov family. It is a fun and informative read and was thoroughly enjoyed by the members of our club.
Most members found the book not to their taste, although they did find it informative about the state of mental health care in this country.
All of the members of the club liked the book (which is a first). They liked the fact that they could recognize places in the book (we are in GA). Felt the story was somewhat predictable, but with a surprising twist.
Most members found the language daunting, but the story itself was very interesting. We discussed the limitations of women during this time period, and in our lifetimes.
Cute story with parallels to Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Fun read.
Eye-opening book about the beginnings of the women's rights movement, as well as the story of two Southern women who were leaders in the abolitionist movement.
The title is misleading. The book focuses more on Michael's story than on Philomena. The story is a depressing look at the Irish Catholic churches mistreatment of unwed mothers and their children. It is also a dark look at the pain and misunderstanding of gays during the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. The book purports to be non-fiction, but it is written without notes and reads like a soap opera.
Reaction to the book was very positive. The use of the plural "we" as opposed to "I" made most of us feel like we were part of the action. Stimulated much discussion.
Almost no one in the book club could finish this book. The language is overwrought, overly descriptive, just plain overdone. Most members believed there was a good mystery in there, but just too difficult to see it through the verbiage.
All of the members of the book club loved the book. The information provided about Alzheimer\\\'s, seeing the effects of this disease from the patient\\\'s point of view -- both of these made the book very scary, but very interesting. Our discussion was wide-ranging and even talked about the possibility of suicide if diagnosed with this disease. Great book!
Soap opera-like; our club only liked it slightly more than our last book which was terrible. There were no ethics or morals in this book; people took the expedient way out in every case, rather than face up to the crimes they had committed. Do Not Recommend.
The club definitely enjoyed the book and we had a lively discussion about it. We enjoyed the large number of characters with all of their quirks. Definitely recommend this book.
Our group read the book; most said it was not something they would have picked to read themselves. It was a thriller, but we did not feel that the author tied up the loose ends at the end of the book. We did not think that we would read another book by this author.
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