Editorial Reviews. Review. ‘I so enjoyed Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens: a fabulously tangled web of fairy tale and historical romance Heartbreaking. Exquisitely. Winner of the American Libraries Association prize for Historical Fiction. A lovely stew of sex, fairytales and, well, sex really. THE AGE. The amazing power and truth of the Rapunzel fairy tale comes alive for the first time in this breathtaking tale of desire, black magic and the.

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Locked away in a tower, Margherita sings in the hope that someone will hear her.

She is a direct descendant of Charlotte Waring, the author of A Mother’s Offering to her Children, the first book for children ever published in Australia. And I’ve also read about the speculations of the real Rapunzel connected to a Medici princess. So we’re really given four different stories: One is doomed by the choices of her parents; another by the capriciousness of a spoiled King; and another by ofrsyth harsh retribution of a vicious nobleman.

Took me ages to work out this was a kind of re-telling of Rapunzel. Great Guest Post by Kate Forysyth. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser.

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One day, a young man does. It is available in the UK. Unlike so many gerens fairytale retellings that lacked strong foundation this one impressed me by being obviously well-researched and linked to history.

It was like being given a backstage pass to the true tale of Rapunzal. We first meet her at age 47, wh Bitter Greens is a lot of things: Seraphina shares with her the tale of Persinette; a young girl captured by a powerful witch katee punishment for her parents stealing some ‘bitter greens’ parsley and rapunzel from her garden. Bound by court etiquette, the position of women in society at that time of history, the church and their parents and husbands, women were very restricted; and when rules were broken the consequences were far greater for the woman that the nitter.

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From inside the walls of the convent Charlotte Rose published her to be most celebrated story – Persinette- a tale that would inspire the Grimm Brothers’ Rapunzel. She was sent to a covenant where she meets a woman who grows herbs and tends bees in the garden.

Set in the time of Louis XIV, the Sun King, for Charlotte’s tale, Versailles, and occasionally Paris, create the perfect backdrops for her story of religious, romantic and independence struggles. I must admit, I was more fascinated by Charlotte-Rose de la Force than the retell I work in the book industry and when Grens first read about kaate book I begged Random House for an advance reading copy.

Frsyth may be only March, but with 60 books under my belt, this was far and away the standout of the group. Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books.

Called La Strega Bella, Selena is at the centre fofsyth Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. This book has very deep roots that run right back into my childhood, when I was intrigued and enchanted by the original fairytale of Rapunzel.

Charlotte being told the story while at the covenant. And this one leaves me in awe of Kate Forsyth. Selena and Charlotte-Rose tell their own stories, but the story of Margherita is told in the third person. Through the book there’s forsgth lot of jumping back and forth in time, which many times confuses me.

I have always wanted to write a retelling of the Rpaunzel fairytale but my problem was how to reinvent the tale and make it fresh and surprising and compelling. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Several attempts were rorsyth by many scholars to identify this mysterious woman yet information about her remained kat mysterious and elusive.

This was such kat epic novel, and there are many parts that will make you feel uncomfortable if you’re a little squeamish. While I find her story interesting, I don’t think it’s as I’ll start by saying, Yes I would recommend you read this book.


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I had no earthly idea that I was stepping into three completely different worlds yet somehow woven together and the disappointment that I would feel when I had to put the book down and step back into the real world. Charlotte Rose de la Force has been banished from Louis XIV court Versailles to a nunnery where she fights against losing her independance and ability to write stories and whilst struggling to fit in is sheltered by an older nun Seraphina. And at that time all three were a form of imprisonment.

Each want something they cannot have; one thirsts for perfection and power, one for love and an independent life, and one for family and freedom.

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Never a dull moment in this one, folks. Charlotte-Rose is smart and feisty and decides that since she is not beautiful she will go to court in Versaille where she can remain a single woman as a member of the royal household of Louis IX.

All the female characters struggle for independence, and the power to decide their own destinies. Is this considered young adult?

The book depository kindly sent me a review copy of the book. Again, I highly recommend this book! Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The book is set in the historical past, with an intricate plot structure that jumps flrsyth eras, but there’s also an element of magic that will make fantasy lovers happy.

While these chapters have a fairy-tale style, Charlotte-Rose’s story is strongly grounded in the turbulent historical era and contains little to no magic.