Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Two marriageable British sisters search for suitable partners while practicing a benign sort of magic in this surreal Jane Austen update, the first novel from short-story writer Kowal.Clever and kind, 28-year-old Jane Ellsworth can count painting and music among her many accomplishments, but it is her skill at "glamour" that really sets her apart. Glamour, for Jane and other ladies of her class ... Read full review

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I found this book accidentally while browsing online, but was intrigued enough to buy it. It seemed to combine two things that I was definitely interested in, and in that regard I wasn't disappointed. I had magic, and it was set in the Regency period.
However, I wasn't all that thrilled with the plot. It all seemed very awfully familiar, in that large chunks of it might as well have been taken from at least one Jane Austen novel. I get that this was inspired by Jane Austen, but there is inspiration and then there is Shades of Milk and Honey.
I found a few parts difficult to read as I felt I had to slog through them, as though they weren't flowing well with the rest of the story or were just... difficult to push through. They didn't mesh well. Still, I was pleased when I finished it, and I will read the sequel and hope that it deviates more from its inspiration into a world more the author's own.

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Not bad, I liked the depth of the relationship between the two sisters.

Review: Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories #1)

User Review  - Tadiana - Goodreads

I love Jane Austen and I love fantasy, so you would think this book, which mixes the two, would be right up my alley, especially since it was written by a Hugo Award-winning author. Can't miss! and ... Read full review

Review: Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories #1)

User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

I had the oddest reaction to this book - I enjoyed it while reading it, but the moment I'd finished it I couldn't stem a growing swell discontent. Certainly, Ms. Kowal's command of Regency-era ... Read full review

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