Title: The Dovekeepers
Author: Alice Hoffman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: 4th October 2011
Format: E-Book PDF
Genre: Literary Fiction
Source: ARC from GalleyGrab
This is a really captivating read with strong and memorable female characters.
I enjoyed the way the story was told from the perspective of the different woman. Because their accounts appeared in clearly separated parts, there was never any confusion about who was speaking. Each woman continued the linear storyline while also revealing aspects of their past that led them to that point in time. These flashbacks were well presented and didn't interfere with the main flow of the story at all; rather they added to it as they were an insight into the reasons behind the actions of the women as their part in the tale came to the fore.
Hoffman's prose is fairly wordy, but I enjoyed the richness that brought to the text, particularly in the descriptive passages and the inner monologues.
Reading a few other reviews, I see that some people found it overly long, but I wouldn't say that was an issue for me at all. Yes, it is a reasonably long book, but I've read others that were longer and I never felt that it dragged as I was engaged with the story and the characters from start to finish.
This is a wonderful tale that will captivate readers of both historic and literary fiction.