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Family History Part 1 Kindle Edition

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Length: 309 pages

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  • File Size: 492 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006T89E7W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,711,085 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My name is KT Hall, and I'm not a romance author, I'm not a literary fiction author, nor am I a Science Fiction, Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Young Adult, Children's, or Chick-Lit Author. I'm just an author, and I write stories.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Pineda on February 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
KT Hall's Family History Part 1 is a generational tale about Collie Barrett and her descendants and how they deal with an old family curse. The story begins with Collie and her brief but passionate sexual encounter with a stranger. She gets pregnant from this encounter with Marie. Marie grows up to become a beautiful albeit naïve girl who, like her mother before her, finds herself with child and an uncertain future.

It's easy to mistake the novel, which is set in the backdrop of 19th century England, as a historical romance. It's not. Far from it. Even though the bulk of the book deals with romantic love, the characters are complex and do not adhere to any kind of stereotype that you might find in romance books. Collie for instance is a strong-willed woman who is quite intuitive about people. Yet, her daughter, Marie, is almost the opposite. It's revealed in the book that while she thought she was pregnant with her beau's child, it was in fact his cousin that she had unwittingly been sleeping with.

The writing is focused and does not meander. You can tell that KT Hall is a precision writer who values control. In fact, it might be too controlled. The story is divided into different time periods that almost read like thinly connected vignettes. This is a good thing if you like reading snippets of what life is like in 19th century England. However, in this case, you won't know it without the chapter titles. The author does not take the time to world-build so you're left with little to discover about what life was like back then. The characters all talk like it's Midwest USA, 2012. Maybe that's a point, if not the point. Some readers will like it because it's postmodern.
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This is such an interesting story about the history of a family that spans from the 1800s to the early 20th century. I will say this without a doubt, this was a good story and I look forward to reading the sequel.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Persimmons on February 12, 2012
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Family History is a tale of epic proportions, its narrative voice flows as steadily as a 19th century literary novel and yet makes for an easy and entertaining read by using mostly modern vocabulary.
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