Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth: 5 stars
Australian Author and friend Kate Forsyth dazzles readers with her book, Bitter Greens. This is one of my all time favourite reads. So beautifully written, so creative is the storyline which is in fact a fairy tale retelling of “Rapunzel” that is intertwined with the scandalous life of one of the tale’s first tellers, Charlotte-Rose de la Force.
Set in 18th Century Versailles, Charlotte has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV to the nun monastery where she meets an old nun, Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens.
A lot of thought and research went into this story. Kate spent time overseas going through the Brothers Grimm archives so the places and times in this story are historically accurate. I honestly could not put this read down, took approx. 3 days for me to finish. Three women, three lives, three stories, braided together to create a compelling story of desire, obsession, black magic and the redemptive power of love. So captivating.. I gave this 5 stars, would give it 6 if I could..