Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry







Richly Textured Like a Piece of Good Lace








Towner Whitney returns to her hometown of Salem, MA from California after the mysterious disappearance of her Aunt Eva. Towner comes from a family of women who can read the future through lace. The family has buried secrets that unfold throughout the novel, including the truth about Towner’s twin sister’s death.

Towner starts off by stating that her real first name is Sophya. She say’s "Never believe me. I lie all the time..."

When I requested an advance reader’s copy of this novel, I was under the mistaken impression that it was both about modern day Salem and an historical fiction about the Salem witch Trials. Though the historical was only slightly touched upon, the story did not disappoint!

This richly textured novel paints a vivid portrait of modern day Salem and how self-proclaimed witches live today. With a cast of eccentric characters and themes abound such as abuse, mental illness, witches, forgiveness, etc this is a real page-turner! This is sure to become a classic. Highly recommended!

4.5/5

Thanks to Harper Collins for an Advance Reader Copy of this book!

Note to my fellow bloggers who also reviewed this book: If you would like me to link your review at the bottom of my review, please leave a comment with the link to your review.



16 comments:

I've looked at this book a couple of times! Sounds like you enjoyed it!

Yes, I really did Marg. Even though it isn't historical fiction, I think you would enjoy it as well.

Stop by for a BBAW cyber-Chocolate Martini, Teddy!

Lezlie

I've been hearing about this a lot lately. It sounds really good!

Welcome home! Glad to hear this is a winner. I've got an ARC in my stacks, but wasn't sure if it was my cuppa tea. My best friend is heading to Salem at the end of next month and this sounds like something she might enjoy in preparation for her Halloween vacation.

Tanabata,

I think you would really like this one. Let me know if you read it.

Les,

It does touch on lace reading and witches a bit, but it is really about family relationships and dealing with sibling loss, etc.. It didn't make me think of Halloween at all.

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This is in my TBR pile and I can't wait to get to it.

bermudaonion,

I think you you will like this one!

I have this book on my wishlist so I am going to sign up on the very off chance I might win it. Either way, I will be getting it to read.

Lovely review.

Gayla

gayla.c@bresnan.net

Thanks;
Gayla

Gayla, please leave your comment on the actual giveaway page. This was just linked so you could read the review, but I need everyone signing up in the same place or I wont be able to keep track. Thanks!

Here's the link to the giveaway post:
http://teddyrose.blogspot.com/2008/10/lace-reader-by-brunonia-barry-giveaway.html

As I mentioned in the giveaway comments, this is a book I really want to read. Your review makes me want a copy that much more!

Wanda,

I am sure you would love this book. You have really increased you odds of winning with all of your wonderful comments.

I can't wait to read this book!
Wonderful review Teddy Rose, thank you...makes me want to read it even more ;-)

-Bobbie

Book Reviews By Bobbie
http://bookreviewsbybobbie.wordpress.com/

It really does sound like such an amazing book! Thanks for the review.

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