I’ve been approved twice for early copies of Alice Hoffman’s books and both times I nearly did cartwheels around my house. I am a fairly new fan of Hoffman’s but what I have read swept me away into new dimensions. I honestly lose my bearings once I open the pages of her books- it’s as if a gentle hand lifts from the pages and guides me into a new and magical world.
“The Marriage of Opposites” was no exception. Although it took me a chapter to really get a feel for where the book was taking me, it most definitely didn’t disappoint. I will say that there was less of a magical theme, or less than normal, but the storylines were so engaging that I was mesmerized just the same.
There were various timelines (all linear) and the story shifted points-of-view depending on the character but everything revolved around a woman, Rachel Pomié (Petit Pizzarro), and those closest to her. The stories took place primarily in St. Thomas and Paris. Hoffman was successful in turning the atmosphere in St. Thomas to one that was vibrant and magical and I could even smell the salt from the water and hear the water lapping over the sand. Once in Paris it was as though my bones felt cold just reading about the brutal winters.
What impressed me most was how the characters were so developed that Hoffman didn’t skip even the smallest nuances in their personalities as life and experiences slowly molded each personality and left them far from generalized.
I tend to write less what the book is about in my reviews and more of my experience as I don’t like to give too much away, but I will say that I highly recommend this book.
I would like to thank NetGalley, Simon & Schuster, and the author for an advanced copy for an honest review.