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I know I shouldn't judge but that book cover is just so sexy and alluring that I just had to pick it up. I knew I could not leave the shop without this book. I am SO SO SO GLAD I picked this up. It is just wonderful and would have gotten full 5 stars together with the greats had the ending not been so... bland.
It's Queen Anne's England, well at least the last 3 years of it. The book starts with Alexander Pope's first person POV (narrated as 3rd person) but then shifts into different POVs within one chapter. It can be rather disjointed sometimes with this style. But I am just so in love with Arabella Fermor. Had this book been written entirely in her perspective, it would have been twice as enjoyable. Alas, we had to go through Pope, the Blount sisters, and Lord Petre (I don't mind some of his POV). I understand that Arabella wouldn't have had the guts to find out the things concerning the Jacobite story-arch. But since Gee is executing creative license anyways, it wouldn't have been too far to have her take on a bit of daring adventures. I am as enthralled with her as with the rest of London society. She's just so unpredictable and adorable.
I would definitely recommend this. But don't expect too much at the resolution. It was done badly. I had feeling that Gee was rushing to tie them up together and have Pope read that bloody poem in the end. We all know about it as it's standard reading. I wanted the more exciting angle of the poem - the one experience by Arabella. Still, the three quarters of the book was wonderful. It was wit and romance and academic... all blended together in a wonderful creation. Good work, Gee.
Oh by the way... BACON!!! It's on page page 163 and it's hilarious!!!
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