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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

TWO EMPRESSES by Brandy Purdy_Review

Two EmpressesTwo Empresses by Brandy Purdy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of TWO EMPRESSES by Brandy Purdy

On the Island of Martinique in 1779, Vodoun rules the native population, while the white European planter class consider themselves to be the top caste. Two young girls, daughters of planters, Rose and Aimee, are cousins, but wildly divergent in personality and character. Rose, the elder, is just as wild as the hurricane during which she was born, while Aimee is mild and a follower. When the Voodoo Queen predicts the girls shall become “Two Empresses,” neither is certain of belief, but Fate, in which Rose is a complicit believer, has in mind for both girls lives they could not possibly have predicted.

TWO EMPRESSES is a diligently-researched and strongly-imagined recreation of an era lost to us two centuries earlier. Lyrical and sensual, this is a vivid and compelling fictional history in which both characters and historical periods come alive.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

PHANTOM LIMB by Lucinda Barry_Review

Phantom Limb: A Gripping Psychological ThrillerPhantom Limb: A Gripping Psychological Thriller by Lucinda Berry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review: PHANTOM LIMB by Lucinda Barry

PHANTOM LIMB is a psychological suspense novel focusing on a set of emotionally intertwined twins. Elizabeth and Emily had a totally horrendous early childhood, offspring of a mother absent emotionally and physically, both neglectful and abusive. Although the author doesn't detail specifics, enough is revealed to make it clear that the twins suffered terribly. By age seven, when rescue finally occurred, the damage was permanent. As adults, both twins still suffer mentally and emotionally.

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