Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This audiobook was a beast to finish--16 CDs meant 19.5 hours of listening time. But the narrator, Kate Reading, made it worth it.
Three different stories come together in this historical fiction novel with a fairy tale twist. Charlotte is banished from Versailles to a nunnery. While there, an old nun tells her a fairy tale story of a young girl who is sold to a witch for a salad (hence the bitter greens title). The witch didn't always used to be a witch--she was the famous model of the painter Tiziano, and she was part of the exciting life that was Venice during the Renaissance. The young girl is locked in a tower (Rapunzel) and hopes to be rescued.
Although it took awhile, I was content when the stories of all these women came together in the end. Satisfying read and an interesting take on many of the old fairy tales.
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