A Crown of Bitter Orange

A Crown of Bitter Orange (La Vie en Roses, #3)A Crown of Bitter Orange by Laura Florand
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the author: I adore Laura's voice, described perfectly by three (modified) quotes from 'A Crown of Bitter Orange'.

Sensuality captured, distilled, spread forth again, [in prose]. [She] pulls everything about the world into [her] and then gives the essence of it back out. [The hours and hours of research she can] absorb distilled into a gift for [all her readers.]

There is no other author who captures the reader's imagination, engaging all the senses, the way Laura does.

About the book: Being from Europe and being force-fed World War 1&2 history ad nauseam in school, I tend to shy away from books based on the subject. A 'Crown of Bitter Orange' is different. It understands that history shapes us; it doesn't define us. We must remember a past that can't be rewritten, but we must live in a future that can.

About Tristan: No one writes larger-than-life, insecure heroes better than Laura. I loved the nod to ADHD and the way Tristan learns to deal with his uniqueness.

About Malorie: It's beautiful to see that Malorie accepts and loves Tristan as he is. She doesn't try to change him into someone fitting the mold of normalcy.

A great addition to Laura's other books.

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