The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli

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  1. I don’t mind love stories but it wound me up that Sam was such a seemingly macho guy having one affair after the other. I didn’t want her to fall for him. I enjoyed the story between her and Linh.

  2. I don’t know why it took me so long to get into this novel but once I was hooked I really was and didn’t like it to end.
    I forgot about Helen’s father and brother when I wrote my review. It’s a very complex novel, so many elements. I could imagine this appeals for a wide range of people. It works as a love story, a story of war, friendship and many other things.

    • I liked the complexity of the novel. It really brought to life a number of aspects of the way and how it impacted those involved, watching, and at home away from the war. I had an easy time getting into the novel, but I don’t mind l “love” stories as long as they are part of something larger.

  3. I like the depth of your review, and how you include quotes to back up your points. Make me want to read this book.

  4. Looking forward to reading this book!

  5. Great review Serena. I really wish I had participated in this tour. The book sounds so good!
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  6. I loved Vietnam when I visited. It was such a beautiful country and the people had the most amazing smiles. Interestingly, they call it “the American War”. As a Canadian, I really don’t know much about this war at all but would love to read more about it. This sounds like a fascinating read. Thanks for the review!

  7. Great review of this very well-written book, Serena. I loved it too 🙂
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  8. Another great review for this book! It really does sound like a must read and it looks like it will be making a few “best of” lists this year. Glad it grabbed you, Serena.
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  9. I’m with you–this one definitely belongs on “best of” lists!
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  10. This sounds like a very emotional book. I’m interested in seeing how a woman’s view of the war is handled.
    .-= Janel´s last blog ..Estrella’s Poem =-.

  11. I haven’t read much about the Vietnam War, afraid it would be too distressing. However, this book, from the angle of a female journalist, sounds very appealing.

  12. Wonderful review – it really is a remarkable book, isn’t it?
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  13. Wow, Serena, what a fabulous review!! I’m so happy you enjoyed the book. Thank you so much for being on the tour.

  14. Great review, Serena. This book really moved me. I was sad to see it end.
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  15. Glad to see you loved it as much as I did!

  16. I loved this one! It was so well written!
    .-= Sheila (Bookjourney)´s last blog ..It’s Monday! What Are You Reading! =-.

  17. I got this one because I thought it would work for the Vietnam Challenge, so I’m glad to see it’s so good!


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