Friday, July 25, 2014

ARC review: The True & Spendid History of the Harristown Sisters by Michelle Lovric

Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):
It is the age of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, when Europe burns with a passion for long-flowing locks. And when seven sisters, born into fatherless poverty in Ireland, grow up with hair cascading down their backs, to their ankles, and beyond, men are not slow to recognise their potential.

It begins with a singing and dancing septet, with Irish jigs kicked out in dusty church halls. But it is not the sisters’ singing or their dancing that fills the seats: it is the torrents of hair they let loose at the end of each show. And their hair will take dark-hearted Darcy, bickering twins Berenice and Enda, plain Pertilly, gentle Oona, wild Ida and fearful, flame-haired Manticory – the inimitable narrator of their on-and-off stage adventures – out of poverty, through the dance halls of Ireland, to the salons of Dublin and the palazzi of Venice. It will bring some of them love and each of them loss. For their past trails behind the sisters like the tresses on their heads, and their fame and fortune will come at a terrible price...
***Many thanks to Net Galley and Bloomsbury for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.***
This insomniac's review:
Do you ever hear reviews about a novel that are so wonderful that you know you're going to love it? Then you actually read it and feel perplexed because you cannot get into the novel at all? That's exactly what happened with this one, friends.
This simply could not hold my interest and was not, in any way, as interesting as the story of the Sutherland sisters that inspired it.And, Sweet Baby Jesus-let me never read a book with so much talk about hair ever again. Ever. Again.     
Rating: 2 stars, only because I'm nice(sometimes).

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