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  • War, Love and Heartache

    War, Love and Heartache The time is 1917 and WWI is raging on overseas. In Boston it is not felt so much. Emma's doctor husband goes to France to help with the injured soldier with the Red Cross. Emma wants to work as a sculptress, making art from lumps of clay. She is very good at it except she cannot get the faces correct. I love the part where she goes to Paris and make masks from clay for soldiers that have lost part of their face in the War. That was very interesting and I would have liked to have read more about it. I have to say I love V.S. Alexander's books, this one I was a bit disappointed in. I need to write an honest review. I would have liked to hear more about her sculpted masks and perhaps some of the stories of the men she helped. However, the storyline was of her different love's and it appeared to be the focus of the story rather than her sculpting which the title would lead you to believe. There were some sexual scenes and one at the end that just really didn't add to the story and personally I felt like it didn't belong. I will continue to read V.S. Alexander's books and I did enjoy part of the story. Thanks to V.S. Alexander, Kensington Books, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a copy for an honest review.

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  • World War I Historical Fiction

    The Sculptress by V.S. Alexander is Historical Fiction set in World War I Boston and France. The reader is drawn into a time, events and places that are difficult to even imagine. The characters seem so real with their early 20th Century culture, speech and values. Emma the main character is a Sculpturess who does not fit in well in the artistic community in Boston. At first it was difficult to empathize with Emma because of her self-absorption but she is influenced by circumstances in her life and gradually matures. The author does not spare the reader and describes the gritty details of life, poverty, illness, war and love. My only disappointment in this was the end of the book seemed incomplete. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I appreciate the opportunity and thank the author and publisher for allowing me to read, enjoy and review this book. 5 Stars

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  • Historical Fiction WW I

    Emma Lewis is given the opportunity to study sculpture with Daniel Chester French, a form of art that many men think isn’t suitable for women and the feminine mind can’t create works of merit and how sexists is that! Later on Emma meets Dr. Thomas Swan, he takes her mind off her broken heart, they marry and it’s not the passionate union she hoped for. Surgeons are needed in France during WW I and Tom quickly volunteers to help the Red Cross. Emma’s left behind in Boston, she’s busy with her sculpting and gets distracted by another male artist Linton Bower. Tom keeps asking Emma to join him in France and she’s not keen until one day she notices a returned soldier begging on a footpath. He’s badly disfigured, people ignore him and turn away disgusted. Emma is horrified by his injuries and appalled at the way people treat him and maybe she’s needed in France after all. Emma decides to go Paris, use her skills as a sculptress and create facial masks for mutilated soldiers. Arriving in Paris Emma opens her studio and her patient’s wounds are horrific, taking casts with plaster and bandages she then creates a mask made out of copper and hand painted to match the patient’s skin tone. Emma’s relationship with her husband Tom has always been strained, it only gets worse with both Emma and Tom continually making more poor choices. For me the story focuses too much on Emma’s romantic relationships, her controversial decisions and her disastrous marriage to Tom. I thought the story would be about WW I, Emma being a sculptress, helping the wounded, maybe working alongside her husband, changing damaged men’s lives and I was really disappointed with The Sculptress’s plot. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and sadly I can only give it three and a half stars.

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