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BITTER GREENS by Kate Forsyth | Kirkus Reviews

Why is this book going so slow? This background on the witch makes her a more sympathetic character even though she remains a dark element in the Rapunzel story. I could’ve read a book solely concentrating on Charlotte-Rose! Charlotte-Rose is smart and feisty and decides that since she is not beautiful she will go to court in Versaille where she can remain a single woman as gitter member of the royal household of Louis IX. The plot jumps around in time, looping backward and forward through the characters’ lives; this works well, as connections and similarities between the three main characters build throughout the book.

Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Charlotte’s past really made my heart ache. I will be recommending Bitter Greens to everyone.

The story lines become woven together so brilliantly. I knew the story would change as I told it.

Her tale foryth the witch, Selena, is also masterfully written, giving the character more depth than you could think possible. Venice is another supremely romantic city, and one that lends itself well to the beautiful but deceptive stories of the other two characters. The woman begins to tell her the story of a young girl named Margherita who is taken by a woman named Selena Leonelli after her father steals some parsley from the woman’s garden.


Each want something they cannot have; one thirsts for perfection and power, one for love and an independent life, and one for family and freedom. A vibrant read on all counts, Bitter Greens is sprawling, ambitious and impressive.

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Thankfully, amazingly, Kate Forsyth didn’t let me down. There is mystery surrounding how she came to hear of the story, originally published in Italy some 60 years earlier in a dialect Charlotte-Rose would not have been able to read. These sections contain strong fantasy elements, but still have a historical framework: Up to today, e In Bitter Greens, Kate Forsyth braided together fantasy, romance and history into a lovely, intricate tale full of magic, mystery, intrigue, and strong, beautiful women.

If you answered yes to the above questions – and really, I can’t imagine why you would say no – then Bitter Greens is a book for you.

Want to Read saving…. What I can do is highly recommend it!! We start in then move ahead to then back tothen forward again tothen back tothen further back to I enjoyed her story immensely. For my complete review see http: I found myself grateful to be a woman during this time and age and having the freedoms to make 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.


De La Force is the real life author of a Rapunzel variation, and Katee novel guesses at how this Frenchwoman might have heard of the Venetian original. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Whilst young Margherita is physically incarcerated in a remote tower, and bound by both physical walls and magic to stay there. The tale weaves back and forth between all of the women, cleverly intertwining their stories.

Like others on this tour, I’m totally unwilling to part with my copy of this book. 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, sixty-one years later. Keep your eye out — if you like fairy tales, French history, and escapist historical fiction, you’ll want this novel.

Charlotte Rose is a true historical figure and her story is intriguing on its own. In “Bitter Greens,” I loved all of the stories of the characters.

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But, in fairness, I may be overly critical on this point–since reading Wicked I’ve found all other attempts to create wicked witches totally lame.

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth 2 25 Feb 04, Her fierce respect for the art and power of storytelling shines through every page.

Margherita, trapped in a doorless tower and burdened by tangles of her red-gold hair, must find a way to escape.