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I am a stay at home mom with three girls. All of the time I should spend cleaning or making things I see on Pinterest is usually spent reading instead. Pinterest can get expensive. The library is free. At least until I rack up the fines for overdue books. If I'm not reading something that interests me, I'm listening to my seven year old read to me about fairies or princesses or fairy princesses. If she's not reading to me, I'm reading to my four year old twins about Batman or Star Wars or Legos. We value diversity around here.

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The Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley

The Splendour Falls - Susanna Kearsley

I have read other reviews by people who love Kearsley's work that suggest this is the weakest of her novels. If that's true, then the only thing stopping me from running out to find the rest of her work is the sick, sleeping child on my couch. 

 

If I my bank account would allow it, I would be booking the next flight to France. Upon arrival I'm making a beeline to Chinon and staying for a week, maybe two. Kearsley sells the town better than any travel agent could.

 

It was the atmosphere Kearsley created that kept me reading. The story was a little slow moving. A lot of time was spent building up to the final four or five chapters. I have no idea how far along I was when I felt the story picked up. I was reading an e-book I loaned through my local library system and the only way I could read was through a web browser on my iPad. I did not get page numbers or percentage. It was slightly annoying. None of that is the book's fault. 

 

This novel had quite the character list. Normally I don't care for novels with such a cast of characters. I feel most authors have a hard time pulling off any real development when there are so many people to focus on. In this case, everyone had a part to play in the end. The characters were all brought together quite nicely. Even the animals helped to pull things together. 

 

Despite the fact that I sense Kearsley heaps on the romance a little more than I generally care for, I am excited to read more from her.