Thursday, January 31, 2013

Stealing AthenaStealing Athena by Karen Essex

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think this story would be improved if the different narrators had more distinctive voices. I realize the attempt to draw parallels between them but that does not make them the same person.
I must have been feeling pretty dense this week because it took me a while to put 2 & 2 together and realize this was about the real Elgin marbles. Sometimes it does help to read the flyleaf before jumping in to a book. :)
Although I'm very much a devotee of the period romance novel, I am grateful for stories like this that point out how difficult it used to be for women. Sometimes downright horrific. It's easy to romanticize the past but it's not very realistic.

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