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To A Strange Somewhere Fled Paperback – March 9, 2015
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About the Author
Writer and artist D.M. (Diane) Denton, a native of Western New York, is inspired by music, art, nature, and the contradictions of the human and creative spirit. Through observation and study, truth and imagination, she loves to wander into the past to discover stories of interest and meaning for the present, writing from her love of language, the nuances of story-telling, and the belief that what is left unsaid is the most affecting of all. Her educational journey took her to a dream-fulfilling semester at Wroxton College, England, and she remained in the UK for sixteen years surrounded by the quaint villages, beautiful hills, woods and fields of the Oxfordshire countryside, and all kinds of colorful characters. This turned out to be a life-changing experience that continues to resonate in her life to this day. She returned to the US and Western New York in 1990, and has since resided in a cozy log cabin with her mother and a multitude of cats. Her day jobs have been in retail, manufacturing, media and career consulting, and as a volunteer coordinator for Western New York Public Broadcasting. She is currently secretary for the Zoning and Codes administration in the town where she lives. In addition to writing, music and art, she is passionate about nurturing nature and a consciousness for a more compassionate, inclusive and peaceful world. Please visit her website, http://www.dmdenton-author-artist.com, and blog, https://bardessdmdenton.wordpress.com where you can contact her. Also, find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google Plus.
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I spent the whole novel waiting for this man. I don’t know if I missed him, or if this was a set-up for the third novel.
Some historical writers had a conversation about writing historical fiction, and where our emphasis should be, and we all agreed that character and plot come first, and we should strive not to show off our research. I think that could be my main problem with this book. Lack of plot, character, tension, and too much description. But because the prose is written almost like music itself, music being the underlying score, that is probably the author's strengths, and I'm sure, as other reviews show, there are plenty of readers for Ms. Denton.
Some descriptions don’t work for me but they are mostly related to the human element. “He smiled shakily, forgetting the gaps in his front teeth.” One, how does an observer know this? Maybe he doesn’t care. Two, smiling shakily does seem to indicate a discomfort with his smile. I did like the reference of the turtle carapace in the more human sense. For me, in seeking the human element, I found reasons to be critical that might otherwise run unnoticed by others. You won’t invest much time looking for errors, if this is your kind of reading. You won’t find them.
Overall, this book reads as though the people and plot are the backdrops of the gorgeously described time period set in England in the 1600s—as though the furniture of the past were set up first, and then, like in a play, people created to walk through it, touching and being touched, here and there.
By halfway through there is developing a plot of sorts—does our young heroine want a suitor? For they are coming out now, asking for her attention, and recognizing that she has voice. Others, such as her parents, make her feel ill for her choices of the past. She suffers from past loss in this book, but we sense a slow rise above it, toward a real life of her own. If you like to sink into a time period and live as though you were there, this is the book for you.
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