I waited a while to write this review but not because I didn’t like the book. Oh it is very the opposite of that. I want to gush over this book so badly I do not have the words to make it sound how good it is.
The author Melanie Benjamin has a knack for delving into the world of true history and bringing out the essence of what should be remembered, and what I can only believe what may have been felt by these characters. Now I know it’s historical fiction but I truly believe the author has tapped into something.
I enjoyed every minute of reading about Vinnie’s life, the up and the downs. I felt her heartache for the person she ached to be and the sister she shared so many things with. For the time that she lived in that her life was so extravagant amazes me. Especially since most of those good times took place during the Civil War. In fact her wedding took top pages over the war when it took place. That to me is amazing!
Not only has this book like Alice I Have Been made me more interested in history I have actually followed through with reading more history now.
Melanie Benjamin is now my new favorite author. What does that mean to me is that I vow to read all of her books. So far I have read her first two and I have not been displeased. I have been ecstatic to read them!