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I'm very much drawn to the beautiful cover of this book, but it also sounds like my kind of read, I love anything with rich social history throughout. My copy has just been ordered.

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I haven't read any of her books since her first. I may have to give this one a go.


I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did, Chris.


I am definitely going to read this book! I looked at the article in We Love This Book, did you also read "We'll Meet Again," by Chris Cleave on page 38? Fantastic!


Funnily enough, I recently picked up the audio recording of the book from my local library (helps ease a long commute). But then Washington had a snow day today, so no commute. Looking forward to it after your description.


I enjoyed this one, too!


I thought the whole mood and feel of the book was just right for its subject matter, and for me it was a super read.


Haven't read it yet, Laura, but I shall now - thankyou!


It would make a very pleasant, quite soothing 'listen', I think Mary.


You're a quilter, aren't you, Jenclair, so added interest there; I loved that aspect of the book.


I've been reading it in bed this week so the quietness has been just right! I loved her Vermeer book, but wasn't keen on the William Blake one. This is very different again.


Perfect bedtime reading!


I've found Chevalier very patchy and so wouldn't have necessarily picked this book up. However, you make it sound as though it might be one of her better offerings so if the library have a copy I'll give it a go.


I've seen more than one comment to the effect that this is Tracy Chevalier's best book since Girl with a Pearl Earring, and I certainly enjoyed it greatly, so I hope you will too if you give it a go, Alex.


Like Alex I am yes and no about TC's books. This is definitely one of her better ones. I remain baffled by the grotesque sexual scene in the cornfield however. I have long come to the conclusion that agents and/ or publishers demand such episodes and authors have to grimly fling them in. This was do inappropriate and never knitted into the book in general.


Yes, that took me by surprise, too, Erika.

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