Saturday, November 30

Book Review: Fair Exchange

Title: Fair Exchange

Author: Michèle Roberts

Pages: 246

Summary: In the early 1800s in a small village in rural France, a peasant woman named Louise summons her priest. Fearing she is about to die, Louise begins her final confession to the bored cleric and reveals a lifelong secret involving a famous woman writer, a young English poet, and a wicked and unusual crime. Inspired by the lives and loves of the eighteenth-century pioneer of women's rights, Mary Wollstonecraft, and her contemporary, William Wordsworth.

My Rating: 7/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The book was a bit of a slow start for me and it wasn't exactly a story I'd usually pick up and read, but I ended up enjoying the book more than I thought in the end.

Although it was set in the 19th century, it was written very modernly. Which was one of the things I disliked the most about the book. While there were definitely people during the 1800's who were very progressive thinking, I did find that the characters and narratives went too far in how they thought and held themselves. The narrative especially threw me off, and while I loved the writing and narrative itself, it felt off for the time period the book was suppose to be set it. The mood of the book felt more like the early 1900s, rather than the early 1800s.

The characters also lacked something to keep me invested in the book. The characters were very bland, one dimensional characters. There was nothing to the really. I think part of this was the actual setting of the book versus how the book read, again the setting didn't fit properly and I think it influenced the characters.

Despite the above issues I had with the book, I did like the basic idea behind the story. I was becoming invested into it, waiting for the big reveal, and the quality of writing was excellent. Had I not had some of the issues with the setting and time period, I think I would have enjoyed the book a lot more.

It may not have been book I loved, but I can say that was well worth reading.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, it wasn't what I expected and but it did end up being a good read. It wouldn't be high on my list, but I think there would be a few readers who would enjoy the book.

What to read next: I'm not sure about this one.

Challenges: Mount TBR Challenge



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