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IMG_4797“Part feverish thriller, part historical romance, the story of the outspoken heroine’s sentimental education—a comprehensive curriculum including every conceivable transgression—sometimes comes off as a heady blend of Browning’s “My Last Duchess” and Anaïs Nin. But Dunant’s skill lies in combining these elements with a finely textured and pertinent depiction of a cultured citizenry in the grip of rampant fundamentalism.”
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Book Review: The Alice Network

The latest by Kate Quinn is a departure from Roman intrigue, be it during Antiquity or Renaissance, but not from her masterful gripping storytelling. The Alice Network is a wartime novel about daring female spies, a determined American socialite on a rescue mission and a lot of damaged souls on a quest for redemption.

About Me

Status: writer, blogger, designer, reader, connoisseur of sorts
Here to: talk books, talk writing, start a book club

I read, write, design and obsess over movies and TV shows.

I am passionate about stories, because they are about people – about the way people interact with each other, with the world, with what they do and do not comprehend. People matter and voices matter.

Above all I value authenticity and self-expression. I am moved when I see basic instincts crushed by compassion and fake sophistication crushed by true nature.

The length of my to-read list is a growing frustration and my reading speed is laughable. I got a soft spot for good historical fiction and zero tolerance for poor writing.

I love to talk books –  not sure my friends like me much for it, but they are being tolerant. I get a lot of tolerant discussions on books and book-related stuff, but what I need is less tolerant and more passionate.

In other words, pleased to welcome you in my online reading space!

For starters, this is what Pretty Doesome is about – a lifestyle with books, words and storytelling at its core.