- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First edition (December 7, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449977804
- ISBN-13: 978-1449977801
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,986,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The tale has a vicious bite, and the characters remain in place - to watch if you will die." --Brown Brush Books
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As of March 4, 2011 an updated version of Dandelions in the Garden is available and all orders will be filled with the newly released edition. The original text has been re-released with brand new cover art, author note, sneak peek at the sequel, and proofed by Editor, Robert Helle. I'm very excited about the improvements and hope readers will continue to enjoy my stories.
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Charlie Courtland takes us back to the 16th and 17th century to follow the historical Countess Elizabeth Bathory. The story is told from the perspective of Elizabeth's lady in waiting, Amara who is a completely fictional character. Many characters in the book are based on actual people and events. Elizabeth Bathory is also known as the Blood Countess is rumored to be one of the most prolific serial killers in history. The novel begins in 1628 where an older Amara is writing her memoirs for Elizabeth's grandson. She is telling Elizabeth's story and in the process she provides an explanation to the rumors of torture and killing by the Blood Countess. It's an interesting rewriting or theory of history.
The characters were very alive to me. I felt as if I was getting to know Amara and Elizabeth. Their personalities were both very strong and very impulsive. Elizabeth was incredibly rebellious and bold. This duo truly is like a couple of dandelions - strong and defiant - they hold their ground and don't waver.
The author is very talented in fleshing out scene descriptions with just the right balance. I truly enjoyed the schemes that Elizabeth cooked up. All in all, this was a very pleasant read for me. I immediately began reading the Hidden Will of the Dragon upon finishing the one.
The story is told through the eyes of Amara, her lady in waiting. It starts out in a restaurant where Amara is having tea and overhears two lady's gossiping about her former companion. The story then goes back to her early years when she first met Elizabeth and goes through their first loves, arranged marriage, pregnancies and heartbreak.
Despite all the evil in Elizabeth (cruelty, sex, torture and violence,) the author finds a way to make Amara (and readers) somewhat forgive her.
The story was not what I expected. The "nonending" was very abrupt and you need to read the sequel to find out what happens. Despite all, it was a good read.
This novel is full of grammatical errors, to the point where there's nearly one in every sentence. There are run-ons, fragments, tense errors (sometimes tenses shift within a single sentence!), verb confusion, problems with direct objects, punctuation errors, and distracting apostrophe problems. I found the errors so distracting, it was hard to enjoy the book at all. In addition, there were errors in word usage, where words were used incorrectly or homonyms were confused. As a Creative Writing teacher, I shuddered with each new error. Certainly, the author could have found an editor; if she had one (as I supposedly bought the newer, more edited version), she should fire him/her and demand her money back!
Finally, and perhaps most annoyingly, there are quotes from Nine Inch Nails' song "Hurt" sprinkled awkwardly throughout. Every time I read one, it jarred me out of the story and made me think of the song and how unlike the story and out-of-place it was in this piece.
Overall, if you want a bodice-ripper and don't mind song lyrics and bad grammar, this is an all right book. However, if you're looking for something about the historical Bathory, read Johns' _The Countess_ instead.