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When she signs up for her scholarship, she has no idea what a roller coaster ride her life would become when she finished college. I like the first person narrative and the journal style of writing. It brings you closer to the character and you empathise with what she goes though. It has a bit of everything, reality, fantasy, intrigue, love and after a slow beginning, you kind of rush to the end. Looking forward to the next one.
I can't wait to read the rest of this amazing series, and I also look forward to many more great reads from Ms Liebig in the future. I most highly recommend DEAR MAUDE!
Lovers of period drama, romance, mills and boom novels, suspense, mystery, readers that love novels set in affluent environments, young adult readers, people who love a story about a young inexperienced girl falling in love, these readers will fall head over heals with this book, and this is something I can say unequivocally. There is a huge market for the "Dear Maude Trilogy." People will adore this young novelist whose main character Emily Stanton is both intelligent, inexperienced and lacking what colloquially we call the state of being, 'street wise.'
Her main character is a beautiful, humble, young woman, who is both modest and warm of heart.
Readers will find the protagonist of the book endearing, empathic, engaging, and involved. These affects are executed by the author stylistically via the manner in which she writes the book which is both: emotional, warm, and full of awareness of how others that surround the main character are cold and adrift from basic human decency. Thus, other characters act as baselines of comparison to Emily Stantons good heart, for although their bank statements maybe healthy, too many of the people Emily Stanton will encounter will be merely spiritually redundant and mentally impoverished, especially in regard to what it is to be a human being in this life. Because the author writes in the first person she achieves by this format of writing the ability to really grasp the inner world of Emily Stanton. What the reader gets in return is an excellent example of what it is like to be an outsider from the out-group attempting to fit in to the in-group, terms I learnt from my studies of social psychology and sociology.
The descriptions of the hyper affluent, how they dress, how they dine, is magnificent. What it feels like to be an underling, to be a person not from this society is so well done that all we can do is salute Denise Liebig and encourage her to finish this trilogy which she intends to provide us readers with.
The author manages to play on our nerves. We have no idea, as we read through the book, if the novel is a young adult book, a romance, a science fiction, a dystopian novel (for e.g. the contract provided by The Evergreen Research Corporation seems like a barbaric example of where Corporate American is headed in terms of workers rights and human rights) or an example of historical romantic fiction. Well done to Denise! in this present zeitgeist readers love a cross-fertilization of genres. The author keeps us in a sense of mystery, we wonder what exactly is happening to Emily, is she being used, or is she simply being employed to perform a set amount of duties that may or may not be to her personal detriment? These factors help to make this novel splendid and rather appetizing for perspective readers.
Denise Liebig shall find a loyal following as an authoress and many more praise worthy people than I shall sing her praises as an authoress.
I thought the advancement of the plot was unique by the use of Emily's journal, which she calls Maude, named after her grandmother's aunt, who had a somewhat eccentric personality for her time period. This all ties in together at the end. I found myself drawn into the story, waiting with expectancy, as Emily found out what Evergreen Research Corporation really stood for, and their intended use of her knowledge and expertise. I also found my head spinning, just like Emily's, as she was confronted with the past, present and future, all at the same time. My favorite scene is while Emily is brushing her horse, Estelle, and she breaks into an air guitar recital with the brush, then Wendell Berringer walks in. Well, you had to have been there.
I found this a very entertaining tale and look forward to book 2. There is no bad language or sex scenes, so anyone who enjoys a light, time travel fantasy should enjoy this book. I give it 4 feathers.
During the entire time she journals her life, writing the entries to her deceased aunt Maude whom she adored.
This story is chocked full of adventure, mystery, romance and time-travel. The unexpected twists and turn of this intriguing novel had me reading it in one setting. Well worth losing some sleep. The characters come to life and the descriptions were so vivid I felt as if I had fallen into time with Emily.
Denise Liebig crafted a well-written and captivating story to begin her series. Don’t worry, there is not a cliff-hanger. Everything comes together nicely in the final chapter. I highly recommend this novel and am ready for the rest of the series
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