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Madame Bovary's Daughter: A Novel Paperback – July 26, 2011
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“[A] lavishly textured sequel to a timeless literary masterpiece . . . With more and more readers and book clubs revisiting the classics, there should be built-in interest.”—Booklist
“Readers will cheer [Berthe Bovary] all the way...Urbach includes lots of details for reading groups to discuss about social class, women’s roles, and fashion, while never forgetting to tell a good story.”—Library Journal
"Grand in scope...Urbach relays a classic tale of rags to riches, tragedy to triumph and passion to vengeance. Saga fans who adore Rosalind Laker and Barbara Taylor Bradford will rejoice."—Romantic Times, Top Pick!
“Skillfully continues Flaubert’s story…An entertaining romance for readers of historical fiction.”—Publishers Weekly
"In this richly detailed, stunningly imaginative novel, Linda Urbach has created a fascinating, complex heroine. As Berthe Bovary determines to distance herself from her infamous mother’s legacy, she discovers, instead, that a passionate life can be a life well-lived. Readers will rejoice in her journey to understanding and forgiveness."
—MELANIE BENJAMIN, author of Alice I Have Been and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb
“Engrossing, vivid, beautifully written, adventurous, and often heart-rending—a young girl finds her way from the depths of poverty to the top of the nineteenth-century French fashion world, led by her wistful dreams of the lovely way life could be and by her gift for making those dreams a reality. I just loved this novel!”
—STEPHANIE COWELL, author of Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet and Marrying Mozart
"Very hard to put down. A very intriguing story, and Gustave Flaubert would be proud to have Berthe's voice finally on paper. 4 1/2 stars."--Burton Book Review
"Having read and enjoyed Madame Bovary years ago, I liked reading about Emma’s daughter, and finally knowing that she turned out alright after all."--Luxury Reading
"I found myself enjoying this book far more than I did the classic Madame Bovary. Mainly because I never wound up caring about Emma Bovary like I did her daughter in this excellent book...I highly recommend Madame Bovary’s Daughter to fans of Historical Fiction."--Danvers Reads
"Madame Bovary's Daughter is a wonderful homage to a great novel that also manages to work on its own compelling terms." --Connecticut News
"Madame Bovary's Daughter is a powerful and deeply satisfying return to Flaubert's world of mid-19th century France." --Connecticut Post
"A rich tale of high society and, finally, a love [Berthe Bovary's] mother never found."
--Cape Cod Times
"Urbach wonderfully integrates the classic novel with her own creation. Madame Bovary’s Daughter is a beautiful rag to riches story filled with desire, dreams, poverty and wealth." --Book Garden Reviews
"Madame Bovary's Daughter is an exceptionally written masterpiece rich in period detail. Linda Urbach powerfully brings to life the opulence of the rich in nineteenth- century France." --Fresh Fiction
"It's a creative idea and an interesting story. It's a great book for romantic and true Victorian novel-lovers." --South Coast Today
"Madame Bovary's Daughter was an extremely well-written novel that did justice to the original while creating a new storyline that kept me interested and reading." --Night Owl Reviews
"Urbach posits her view of Berthe’s life in pretty much flawless homage to Flaubert as the beloved character he created. It is easy to get lost in the tale and forget that you aren’t reading a book by Flaubert when learning what happens to the penniless orphan of a truly scandalous woman. The novel is like a visit with an old friend." --City Book Review
"Madame Bovary’s Daughter is a fun book that provides some much needed closure to Berthe’s story. Recommended." --Devourer of Books
"Madame Bovary's Daughter is definitely a historical romance that is intriguing to read and a great, juicy follow up to the old classic." --Peace Love Books
"In a novel written in the clean Gallic style of the original, Madame Bovary’s daughter is a wonderful character, struggling to overcome her mother’s legacy and the expectations of her own fantasies. --The Historical Novels Review
About the Author
Linda Urbach was an author and playwright best known for the 2011 novel Madame Bovary's Daughter. She also published the novels Expecting Miracles and The Money, Honey as Linda U. Howard. The founder of MoMoirs Writing Workshops For & About Moms, she also taught creative writing at the Westport Writer's Workshop. Urbach died in 2014.
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Its a wonderfully woven story, based on the actual fogotten Berthe, the poor pathetic child of the infamous Madame Bovary.
I for one wondered what happened to the child from that dysfunctional home? Urbach has drawn us in and holds us, developing her character Berthe as she develops into a young woman.
Not an easy start to life and then there are some even more serious bumps along the way but I was with her all the way, quietly cheering her on and hoping that she would triumph despite the obstacles she faced.
This story is a beautifiul and sensitive example of the obstacles many woman can face in life but the lesson, one of holding on to a dream and never letting go. Which is what I did untill the very last page...it was a pleasure getting to know you Berthe.
As for Ms Urbach, keep those wonderful stories coming, I am hooked and cannot wait to see who you will share with us next!
Enjoy this one!
Randye Kaye, author of "Ben Behind His Voices"
--Monique Citron Stampleman, author of Wanderlust. A Näive Adventurer in Europe and Asia.
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