Editorial Reviews. Review. ‘I so enjoyed Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens: a fabulously tangled web of fairy tale and historical romance Heartbreaking. Exquisitely. Winner of the American Libraries Association prize for Historical Fiction. A lovely stew of sex, fairytales and, well, sex really. THE AGE. The amazing power and truth of the Rapunzel fairy tale comes alive for the first time in this breathtaking tale of desire, black magic and the.

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If you like gloriously remastered fairy tales, twisted and flawed narrators, layered and tragic villains, powerful women, a little bit of romance and a great deal of historical fiction… this book is the one for you!!! At the core of this gorsyth, to my mind, is the notion of release and redemption.


It’s like she had read the list of my favorites princesses, magic, art, poetry, intriguing history, romance, mystery, and beautifully written words and incorporated them all in one book. It’s no reflection on the latter two characters – it’s just Charlotte was a fiery, independent, strong character who lived ahead of her times.

No trivia or quizzes yet. This book is a great historical fiction pick with a magical element! She misses the excitement and luxury of the daring, robust court life she once led and yearns for the young husband for whom she renounced her religion.

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If more copies become available, I plan to do a giveaway. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Oh, everything was so wonderful, and I especially loved the way romance is approached from all angles — ill-fated, true love, and misguided.


Forsyth’s depiction of the katf, its cruelties and hypocritical women is balanced only by Charlotte-Rose’s narrative forrsyth her former life and her dreams for her future. I hope anyone who reads it is enchanted and spellbound: I made a note of the dates when events were taking place in this story and there are sixteen shifts in time in the first pages of the book. View all 14 comments.

Fortunately, I am one of those readers who does enjoy both. The other issue I had was with the shift in setting and storylines, it started to make me dizzy. I thought this portion of the story was richly detailed in both the physical setting and the emotional experiences the characters encounter.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Charlotte’s story is utterly compelling.

September 23, Sold by: From these threads, each an exquisite rendering of the struggles of women in a world that discards love in favor of power, Ms Forsyth weaves the bewitching origins of Rapunzel, and the revelation of how each woman becomes part of the fairytale.

It is always a pleasure to read a book so beautifully written. Like others on this tour, I’m totally fosryth to part with my copy forrsyth this book.

Kate Forsyth | Bitter Greens

Check out my Pinterest page to see my visual inspiration for Bitter Greensor to see Titian’s many paintings of his museor to see as many beautiful Rapunzel paintings and illustrations that I could find. I’m not fond of descriptive sex scenes at all. She was sent to a covenant where she meets a woman who grows herbs and tends bees in the garden. Highly recommended for fans of Philippa Gregory and Juliet Marillier, Bitter Greens is a tale kte romance and intrigue, seduction and superstition, obsession and betrayal and… I could keep going forever.


You may think you know the story of Rapunzel Book Fiend rated it really liked it Shelves: To help us recommend your next book, tell bittdr what you enjoy reading. View all 11 comments. Overall, I thought this a simply amazing book that once again left me in awe of this woman’s formidable talent and grateful that she and I!

Forsytth Gregory, watch out! The story which is the trait d’union between Charlotte-Rose de La Force and Rapunzel was very engrossing and my favorite part. Read reviews that mention bitter greens fairy tale grefns forsyth historical fiction louis xiv sun king charlotte-rose de la force charlotte rose selena leonelli fairy tales back and forth sister seraphina king louis caumont de la force rapunzel story highly recommend tale of rapunzel retelling of rapunzel charlotte-rose de caumont beautifully written.

Award-winning author Kate Forsyth braids together the stories of Margherita, Selena, and Charlotte-Rose, the woman who penned Rapunzel as we now know it, to create what is a sumptuous historical novel, an enchanting fairy tale retelling, and a loving tribute to the imagination of one remarkable woman.