Friday, January 8, 2010

Alice I Have Been Blog Tour





About The Book:


Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole–and the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.
But oh my dear, I am tired of being Alice in Wonderland. Does it sound ungrateful?
Alice Liddell Hargreaves’s life has been a richly woven tapestry: As a young woman, wife, mother, and widow, she’s experienced intense passion, great privilege, and greater tragedy. But as she nears her eighty-first birthday, she knows that, to the world around her, she is and will always be only “Alice.” Her life was permanently dog-eared at one fateful moment in her tenth year–the golden summer day she urged a grown-up friend to write down one of his fanciful stories.
That story, a wild tale of rabbits, queens, and a precocious young child, becomes a sensation the world over. Its author, a shy, stuttering Oxford professor, does more than immortalize Alice–he changes her life forever. But even he cannot stop time, as much as he might like to. And as Alice’s childhood slips away, a peacetime of glittering balls and royal romances gives way to the urgent tide of war.
For Alice, the stakes could not be higher, for she is the mother of three grown sons, soldiers all. Yet even as she stands to lose everything she treasures, one part of her will always be the determined, undaunted Alice of the story, who discovered that life beyond the rabbit hole was an astonishing journey.
A love story and a literary mystery, Alice I Have Been brilliantly blends fact and fiction to capture the passionate spirit of a woman who was truly worthy of her fictional alter ego, in a world as captivating as the Wonderland only she could inspire.

You can read an excerpt here.


About The Author:

Melanie Benjamin lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two sons, where she is working on her next historical novel. Visit her website at www.melaniebenjamin.com.

My Review:

If you enjoyed reading Alice In Wonderland and if you also enjoy the genre of historical fiction, you will definitely enjoy "Alice I Have Been" by Melanie Benjamin. This book is beautifully written and I love how Benjamin brings to life the many characters in the book such as Alice, her sisters, and Charles Dodgson.

There is an easy flow to this book, and there is a poetic vibe to the writing itself. I love that the author divides the book up into three sections - young Alice, young adult Alice and Older Adult Alice. This gives the reader a great overall look at what her life would have likely been like.

This book is a great mix of fiction and biography, filled with romance (with possible scandal), suspense, heart-break and I was filled with all kinds of emotions as I read this book.

I highly recommend this book if you are a fun of Alice In Wonderland or Historical Fiction, as its a great combination of both worlds. As this is Melanie Benjamin's first novel, I have to say it is definitely an awesome one, and I look forward to reading more of her work down the road.


BUY IT: Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin can be purchased through Amazon.com and Amazon.ca

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****Thank you to Cheryl at Pump Up Your Book Promotion for providing me with a copy of this book for the purpose of review and participating in a blog tour****

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