Friday Morning Bookclub

July 17, 2010

Amandine By Marlena De Blasi

Filed under: Book Recomendations,Literary Tidbits — susanbright @ 9:50 am

I  just finished reading an advance copy of Amandine, which I recieved from Ballantine Books. When a short lived love affair results in the birth of a girl with a weak heart, the child’s grandmother, a Countess decides to take matters into her own hands. Thinking she is protecting her unwed daughter, she tells her the child has died and takes her to a remote convent to be raised by a young Governess named Solange. The Countess arranged for the child’s financial needs to be met and in return is assured that all records of her birth be destroyed. Solange names the child Amandine and grows to love her as if she is her own. Amandine never stops wondering and searching for her true identity and of course her mother. This is an amazing story about Amandine growing up in Europe during WWII. The only thing that could have made this book even better is one more chapter. I would love to have seen all the loose ends tied up, but I guess the author wanted to leave it to our imagination!


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