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Oleanna Paperback – September 3, 2015
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"Oleanna is a fabulous character. She's strong but personable and definitely the sort of character that you find yourself rooting for...Historical fiction lovers will eat this book up!"
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"Oleanna by Julie K. Rose is quite simply a beautifully written book...This novel paints such a vivid picture of life at this time in history and you feel drawn in from the very first page. You feel the hardships, love, loss, loyalty and family that flow from the pages of this book all the while feeling haunted by the shadows of ghosts past. I don't often turn the last page of a book and want to go right back to the beginning but that's how this novel has made me feel with all the beautiful passages and the quiet but deep and touching tale."
- Peeking Between the Pages
"This is a novel of quiet depth that evokes strong imagery; it is a story that is stark and humble and at the same time, finely drawn...brightly painted through the author's judicious use of language. A beautiful story."
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"I was touched by this book, by its very poignant starkness...a gentle tale with quiet depth, atmospherically stark yet richly detailed like the culture and people of Norge herself. Beautiful. The prose was simple yet expressive; no fancy writing gimmicks or extraneous details, but every word was carefully chosen."
- Queen's Quill Review
"There's elegant restraint in how Rose articulates love and loss, passion and madness, the rhythm of farm life, the quietude of rural Norway. In this book, I saw shades of both Sigrid Undset and Willa Cather...A story of ordinary women, unique and astounding in their own way, that will charm and captivate."
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About the Author
Julie K. Rose is an author of historical fiction, fascinated by stories and settings slightly off the beaten track. From 12th century Burgundy in The Pilgrim Glass, to early 20th century Norway in Oleanna, to 1930s Tunisia in Dido's Crown, she has a deep love for history and a terrible case of wanderlust. Her love of language, history, and art history led her to degrees in Humanities and English - and a lifelong passion for creativity.
Julie lives in the Bay Area with her husband and rescue cats, and loves reading, following the San Francisco Giants, and enjoying the amazing natural beauty of Northern California.
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Oleanna is not a book for people who want non-stop action, but for those who want to explore human nature and experience in depth, it will satisfy. I look forward to reading more by this very talented author.
The backdrop of the freedom from Sweden and early women's voting right's movement didn't add much in the way of historical information. I felt a lot more could have been done in this area.