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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Interwoven with history, fantasy, breathtaking romance and magic, I became as bewitched as Petrosinella at the raw beauty of Bitter Greens.

Up to today, even as million of dollars are made from films, books, and retelling of this beloved story, fairy tale scholars are still wondering how Charlotte- Rose came up with a story so similar with the earliest, first known version of this tale, neapolitan Giambattista Basile’s Petrosinella.

Witches of Eileanen Book 2 Witches of Eileanan. Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in and still inspiring him at the time of his death. For me, five stars means that I will, without a late of a doubt, read it again.

Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in and still ibtter him at the time of his death, sixty-one years later. Unlike so many other fairytale retellings that lacked strong foundation this one impressed me by being obviously well-researched and linked to history.

I had two issues that interfered with my enjoyment of this novel one was that there was just too much telling for my bityer, I like authors to show me what is happening not tell me what happened. A special thanks to Amy Bruno for the advanced copy for an honest review as well as St. For me at least, the balance of fairy tale and realism is just right: Her story begins rather depressingly as the heroine is remanded to a convent by order of rorsyth king and must sacrifice her lovely clothes, her freedom and all her other privileges due to her scandalous behavior.


Kate Forsyth is a marvelous writer, combining gorgeously lush descriptions, beautifully crafted characters, and strong but realistic heroines that all have interconnected stories. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. One day, a young man does Took me ages to work out this was a kind of re-telling of Rapunzel.

The recounting of the fairytale that tells Margherita’s story just isn’t as detailed as the previous storyline. An exquisite rendering of the story behind the Rapunzel fairy tale. It probably shouldn’t have, because of the time periods involved.

As with all good stories, there is a lesson to be learned. Each of the three finds love, but the outcomes of their relationships differ.


It was the least convincing part, the oddball, the only one inviting incredulity. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

All three characters were strongly imagined. How are they connected? Locked away in a tower, Margherita’ hair grows, and she is visited monthly after she lowers her hair for the witch to climb up.

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The harsh realities of life before our modern times was so clearly written that I found myself fervently thankful that I didn’t have to live through the plagues and filth of what is an era so often depicted romantically by many writers. History and fairy tale magic weave together in this stunning novel of betrayal and redemption by one of my favourite authors, Kate Forsyth.

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On a Cold Dark Sea. Without hesitation, Kate Forsyth’s newest novel is my favorite novel of Philippa Gregory, watch out! If you kwte gloriously remastered fairy tales, twisted and flawed narrators, layered and tragic villains, powerful women, a little bit of romance and a great deal of historical fiction… this book is the one for you!!! She is at the center of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and kste.

Jun 28, Krystle rated it it was amazing. Is this considered young adult?

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Even though you are familiar with the tale the grim circumstance and differences to the sanitised tale maintain kte.


A Novel Kindle Edition. Bitter Fotsyth – No Spoilers 36 52 Apr 01, Forsyth’s writing is evocative and pretty without feeling heavy or ornate; she conveys a sense of time and place without the dreaded infodump. I really enjoyed the way the novel is written as a historical fiction surrounding the life of Charlotte-Rose and the fairy story of Rapunzel. Find your local bookstore at booksellers. There were a couple twists that came into play later in the story, and though I called one, the bitrer was a genuine and believable surprise.

I’v I bought this book last week at the Newcastle Writers Festival, and was lucky enough to have it signed by the author.

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There is a reveal at the end which was very pleasing but not too shocking. I found myself grateful to be a woman during this time and age and having the freedoms to fordyth my own choices as opposed to being independent and stuck in a time where you had to choose between being a nun, whore, or wife.

And it goes on like this with the shifting and the various stories of young girls and their mothers. Italy, particularly Venice, in the 16th century. Corsyth Designer Fashion Brands. Margherita’s father steals some bitter greens from Selena’s garden to help his wife during labor. She misses the excitement and luxury of the daring, robust court life she once led and yearns for the young husband for forsgth she renounced her religion.

This is one heck of a story! Shifting between three perspectives, this brick of a novel about pages had me hanging on every word, literally, and I was lugging this thing with me everywhere and reading it with every free second.