#TLBookTours: The Third Daughter

September 6, 2019 Uncategorized 7 ★★

#TLBookTours: The Third DaughterTitle: The Third Daughter
Author: Talia Carner
Source: from publisher for review

Summary: Definitely a case of ‘it’s not you, it’s me’. Well-written story about a fascinating time period, but just too dark for me.

I have to admit that I messed up with this one. I saw that it was historical fiction by an author I had previously enjoyed and jumped on the tour. I did not realize in advance that it was about a young Russian Jewish girl tricked into leaving her family only to be trapped in an Argentinian brothel. I’ve avoided reading a book on such a dark topic before. This book convinced me that I should continue to avoid similar books in the future. It’s not completely fade-to-black for the worst scenes, but could be significantly more graphic. However, the main character’s age and naivety made this too heartbreaking for me to enjoy. If it’s a topic you think you can handle, I do think there’s a lot to recommend this book.

As with the author’s previous book, Hotel Moscow, this was about a fascinating period in history. The author also did a great job incorporating Jewish traditions and Argentinian culture into the story. She used just the right amount of Yiddish and Spanish to enhance the setting, without obscuring meaning. This is also as gripping as her previous book. Although i personally struggled to enjoy this, I still found myself wanting to know what would happen next. The book was well written and the main character was easy to admire. She did a great job adjusting to or taking control of her circumstances, as required to survive. I think a lot of people will love this story of a strong, inspiring girl. It just wasn’t for me.

For other opinions, please check out the other stops on the TLC book tour. You can also learn more on the Harper Collins website.

7 Responses to “#TLBookTours: The Third Daughter”

  1. Megan

    Sorry to hear this one was a bit too dark for you. It sounds interesting, though, and I tend to “enjoy” dark books, so I might give it a try myself. Thanks for the review!

  2. Sara

    Sorry this wasn’t a good fit for you, though I can see how this would be an intriguing topic for others, certainly relevant. Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

    • DoingDewey

      I definitely think other people will enjoy it more than I did! I really did love the author’s previous book and I think anyone with a higher tolerance for dark topics could love this one too 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      It really did have a lot going for it! I think anyone who enjoys historical fiction about impressive women would love this, as long as they can get through the dark bits better than I did 🙂

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