Luigui Avila Avila من عند 10020 Pavarolo TO, إيطاليا
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** spoiler alert ** I love historical fiction... and what drew me to this book was the fact that it was about the Plague, an event in history, rather than a specific person or royalty. The author's prose was beautiful and eloquent which made a nice contrast to the images of death all around the characters. Ok now let's get to the reason for the three stars. Everything is going along nicely. It's suspenseful because you don't know who's going to die next or what crazy thing (hanging the local midwife) is going to happen next. Then 30 pages until the end of the book the author just started going nuts throwing totally random things in. The priest's wife (who you know will die from the beginning) gets stabbed to death instead of dying from the plague (um what??). Next, the protagonist Anna hooks up with the priest which the author has been subtly building to throughout the book... except instead of it being a happy ending since both of these two lost their spouses, Anna is disgusted because surprise surprise the dude doesn't believe in God anymore so she runs away from him. Runs away to a house where someone is giving birth and they want to kill the baby to save the family from scandal... so Anna ends up taking the kid. Oh but the randomness doesn't end there. Now she has to escape town before the baby's dad finds her and instead of taking priesty's advice and going to a safe house, she takes to the high sea. The book then ends with her being one of many wives to a Muslim doctor where she is raising the girl that she adopted as well as the daughter that she just gave birth to from the priest. WTF??? The first 200 some odd pages are all about how much it sucked to live during the Black Death but you've got a widow whose kids died coming into her own and finding her purpose... then all of a sudden a whole books worth of events get thrown into the last few pages. Maybe it wouldn't have been so off-putting if these events had been built up to, but it was so rushed I'm pretty sure I gave myself wrinkles from having my eyebrows furrowed in a WTF position for 30 pages. I think the author is a really good writer and I'm going to read March since I love the premise and have heard such good things. I'm just going to pretend the last 30 pages of Year of Wonders didn't happen.