Saturday, April 16, 2011

Book Review: FINDING EMILIE by Laurel Corona

This one I have to admit was a tough one. I went in with high expectations because I truly loved ‘Penelope’s Daughter”. In this case however two novels could not be more than different. The legendary Odysseus’ daughter versus the new daughter of a famous French mathematician; worlds apart from each other Laurel Corona shifts away from ancient Penelope to Lili du Chatelet who even as a young child questions everything about life. A mind like lili’s is a rarity in her times and it could have been tragically wasted on conforming to being a young lady of Pre-Revolutionary France.

Sweet Lili, she was a loving child. She had heart where other less courageous people would falter. Lili I think was born with courage because her mother Emilie had passed away not long after giving birth to Lili. Lili was a fortunate girl in the fact that even with her mother gone she would be truly loved by her mother’s best friend Julie de Bercy. Julie begged to take Lili in as her ward even though she was expecting a child herself any day. Julie would not back down and eventually would have her way. The three women would form a type of merry trio. The ladies were all educated, had social skills, and my favorite aspect of the trio was that Julie had made sure she instilled in the girls when they were young that they were free thinkers. She taught them to question what said reason is with class befitting a lady of their ranks.

Lili and Delphine were the type of girls that struggled with society circles and the rules of engagements as far as the court politics were concerned. On the cusp of The French Revolution Lili struggles with what is to be expected of a typical young woman and as she grows into womanhood she begins her search to find out who her mother Emilie really was. But more importantly who was Lili and where was her place in this world going to be?

⅗ here is my deal first the positive: I really loved Lili, Delphine and Julie the merry trio were fabulous to say the least. I felt really attached to Lili and would love to have had the pages of her story “Meadowlark” more integrated into the book. On the positive I wanted more of Lili’s portion. Or at least more of an explanation of whom these important people of influence were in her life. On the downside from the beginning I was lost. The authors note confused me in the beginning along with the prologue. I really did not figure out who the beginning letters were coming from until at least 100 pages into the novel and even then I was still unsure. I really wanted to enjoy this one more but I felt confused most of the novel. I would fully recommend this one to avid pre-revolutionary France lovers because I feel the reader must have an extensive knowledge of the French elite’s of the times.
  • FTC-This novel was sent to me by the publisher.
  • R-Rating brief sexual references
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7 comments:

Pricilla said...

I really enjoyed this one. I guess i liked the back and forth and finding Lili through Emilie. Even knowing she was fictional

Ms. Lucy said...

Thanks Lizzy. I haven't started reading this one yet, but I will make sure to look to getting things straight from the onset. I hate it when the reading gets too confusing and you have to go back and forth just to keep track. On the positive side; I think I have a pretty good background in pre-Rev and the prominent figures of back then...so I hope that helps! Sending you an email:)

Svea said...

Thank you for your thoughts Lizzy! I would find that frustrating to be so unsure... it seems I have experienced that a lot with my books lately.

Glad to know Penelope's Daughter is so a delightful in contrast; it is on my list of ones to read in the near future :)

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lizzy J said...

Patty, I think it was just me to be frank. I have been struggling to focus these days and this one I enjoyed Lili but just was not driven to devour it. I am lad you enjoyed it.

Ms Lucy, I think you will do great with this one Lucy, honestly it is made for you. I hope you get a chance to check it out and I am off to emails tonight.

Svea, I was frustrating but the kind of frustrating that you keep going though because you still like it. Penelope's Daughter is to die for Helen of Troy has a main role in it and I loved it.

Thank you Hello Dove and it it is pleasure.

librarypat said...

Sorry you had trouble getting into the book. I can understand the problems you had and am glad I am forewarned. I'll have to make sure my attention isn't split when I read this one. I have caught myself having to reread Important sections of books because my mind wasn't focused.
Thanks for the review.

lizzy J said...

Pat, that has been exactly my problem lately. I wanted to enjoy it but my heart just could not get into it.

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