Friday, January 26, 2007

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

This is my December book pick - I LOVED this novel. It is mystery, Gothic romance in the style of Jane Eyre or Rebecca. If you enjoyed those novels, I highly recommend The Thirteenth Tale.

The Thirteenth Tale is the story of a young woman named Margaret Lea who is an avid reader and works in an antique book store with her father. She also publishes obscure biographys on the side, one of which is read by Britian's greatest living author, the mysterious Vida Winter. A sickly Vida contacts Margaret and hires to write her biography before she dies. Margaret travels to Vida's reclusive estate in Yorkshire . . . and the stage is set for a gothic mystery as Vida recounts her life.

I liked the descriptive story and the fact that it was a real page turner. I was super busy with work when I read this book - and it was a nice break that took me away! Let me know if you liked this book too - I think I turned off my Kewaunee book club when I mentioned the words, "gothic romance in the style of Jane Eyre and Rebecca."

Speaking of Jane Eyre, if you are a fan, Part II of the new miniseries is being aired on PBS this Sunday!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Laura!

    I recently read about this book (haven't read it myself yet), but had planned to tell you about it. I see the news got to you first, though! I'm reserving it at the library now!