Emmanuel Durand Durand من عند Majhera, Uttarakhand 262540، الهند
I really enjoyed this book. Character's you could root for, a little historical social commentary, the quiet but inexorable love and power of women when they come together. The only reason that I did not give it 5 stars was that I thought that the ending, while a satisfyingly happy one, was a little too convenient. The progressive white lawyer in town is "working" on the legal issues associated with Rosaleen's arrest and escape? While I understand the excuse for why Rosaleen and Lily aren't hauled back home to face trial, jail, and punishment is that "you cannot beat up someone in jail and get away with it." But I'm pretty sure that back in 1964 in the South you could "get away with it" and many did, in fact, get away with it. More importantly, I also think "you cannot break a prisoner -- even a wrongly accused one -- out of jail and escape and get away with it." I found it hard to believe that the sheriff back in Sylvan would so easily let the whole thing drop. And what about the Tiburon sheriff -- was he going to leave Rosaleen and Lily alone? So, while I wanted everything to work out, the fact that it worked without a hitch rang a little hollow to what otherwise tried to accurately portray the broader social mood and factual context of the story.
Started reading Piers Anthony MANY years ago while at sea in the US Navy. The "Xanth TRILOGY" ended up being about 17 books longer than a trilogy. I read the first 6 or 7 and eventually lost interest. Maybe after all these years I should go back and try to finish the series!