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An Almond for a Parrot: A Novel Hardcover – February 28, 2017
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Was a very pleasant and entertaining read.
Briefly, An Almond for a Parrot is the story of Tully Truegood, a girl with a peculiar gift. If there is a weakness to the story, it centers on her magical powers which seem to be that if she believes she can do something, she can do it. No boundaries to this are ever explained, leaving the reader with a sense that her magic is both convenient and chaotic, and we are never really certain how she came by them. I came to the end of the story wondering why she didn't do this thing or that thing and avoid all the problems? And of course the answer is that there would have been no story then. (It doesn't do to ask too many questions about magic because you'll end up wondering why Gandalf didn't just have the eagles drop the ring into Mt. Doom instead of sending the fellowship into so much danger.)
But the book is well written and engaging, moving quickly through Tully's girlhood, her changes in situation, the ups and downs of her life as a courtesan, and finally to the resolution of the love story (which is a little too contrived, in my opinion, but I can overlook that.) It's appealing that the strongest characters in the book are all women. Men propel the plot line to a great degree, but its the women who live it, who cope with the weakness, folly, and malice of those men, and rise above it.
On the whole I think it's one of the better and more engaging historical romances I've read in the last few years, with memorable characters. If the plot has bumps along the way, they're not so large or troubling that they take away from the enjoyment of the book.
The story starts with our heroine, Tilly, in jail. Tilly decides to write about her life on some paper that is left with her. Thus starts Tilly’s life story; it is a story filled with sadness, happiness, brutality, warmth, and magic all in turns. Tilly’s life starts out hard; she is the only daughter of a lord who has drunk and gambled away all his fortunes. At the age of 12 Tilly’s dad sells her into marriage to clear his debts...but Tilly’s husband goes off to war and Tilly is never forced to consummate the marriage.
From that point Tilly’s life is a series of magical and beautiful fortunes that alternate with periods of tragedy. Tilly falls in love, learns what it is to be a courtesan, and suffers the sacrifices a woman must make to be independent in this time of history. Amidst this Tilly learns she has magical powers which help her to make her way and gain notoriety.
The story flowed beautifully and I enjoyed the main character of Tilly quite a bit. Tilly is naive and witty when the story begins and as she ages and learns she keeps her wit. The story is told in Tilly’s own ironic and amusing voice and was very entertaining to read. This book was effortless to read and I ended up loving it. It was very hard to put down and I was desperate to know how everything would end up.
I also enjoyed some of the fun twists in the story. There are some very ironic events that happen especially toward the end of the book that will make you shake your head and smile. As mentioned above there is a lot of explicit sex, some violence, and sexual violence in here; so if that really offends you I would steer clear.
Overall this ended up being a highly entertaining book and I really loved it. The story has a lot of highs and lows but somehow still comes off as being happy and hopeful. I loved Tilly and the characters that surrounded her and enjoyed the touches of magic throughout. I would recommend to those who enjoy historical fantasy and don't mind some eroticism in their stories.