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  • More A Social Commentary

    There is a LOT of reading in this one, and with very little dialogue it is a long, solid read. The Milton family are a bit of a dynasty in New York; the 'young' Miltons, Ogden and Kitty are a bit of a golden couple. With a secure place in society, three wonderful children - cared for by their nanny - and Ogden's business flourishing, their future seems certain, until tragedy strikes . . . This part of the novel was my favourite! I really enjoyed the characters, the period details and everything about them. Then the timeline started moving, focusing on different generations and the story moved backwards and forwards without warning. Even a date at the beginning of each chapter would have made it easier. Working out where we were in the family tree grabbed my attention, taking it away from the story and, to be completely honest, I struggled through the pages. I did learn details I was unaware of historically and those I really enjoyed. This is very much a social commentary-cum-family saga and I just wished it would make up it's mind which. It didn't set my world on fire - it was a family history with a few high points and a lot of low points along the way. I'm happy to give it three stars.

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