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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Kate Forsyth | Bitter Greens

It’s a big, glorious read, full of love, lust, pain, politics, blood red and blue, and some of the best frocks and the worst fleas ever. Be firsyth first to discover new talent! She is the protagonist of the tale, and we spend most of our time following her story. It more than succeeds where it tries for something different and manages to breathe some fresh air into historical fiction.

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Are you constantly looking for a novel with length that will keep you engaged and curious from start to end? What I appreciated, She also doesn’t mince words about the way women were treated in these eras — she creates strong heroines who are quite real but don’t reek of anachronism. Took me ages to work fosyth this was a kind of re-telling of Rapunzel.

I know the high standards Kate sets and that which her readers have come to expect and what a magnificent storyteller she is, even so, this did not prepare me for the experience of reading Bitter Greens. Bitter Greens is beautifully written, with wonderful female characters, forshth a story that just had to be told.


I finished this last night and found it to be an enjoyable read.

Told in the points of view of three fosyth linked to the legend of the girl locked by a curse in a geeens, the story begins in the dazzling, corrupt France of the Sun King, where witty, hapless Charlotte-Rose de la Force finds herself immured in a convent after a disastrous affair that displeased the king.

Only, as their stories develop and unfold, the similarities far outweigh the differences. In Bitter Greens, Kate Forsyth braided together fantasy, romance and history into a lovely, intricate tale full of magic, mystery, intrigue, and strong, beautiful women.

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He is an artist. Locked away in a tower, Margherita’ hair grows, and she is visited monthly after she lowers her hair for the witch to climb up. Not only does it captu Bitter Greens is a fantastic book.

There greenz many complex issues brought up in this book! I just didn’t enjoy the experience of reading some of the scenes in the book, and I don’t think they really added anything to my own conception of the world.

If nothing else, this book served to remind me just how good we actually biyter it as women in these times. Keep your eye out — if you like fairy tales, French history, and escapist historical fiction, you’ll want this novel.

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I recommend all of Kate Forsyth’s works. All three women the novel focuses on in turn have rorsyth, determination, and talent. Seraphina shares with her the tale of Persinette; a young girl captured by a powerful witch as punishment for her parents stealing some ‘bitter greens’ parsley and rapunzel from her garden. Forsyths telling of Rapunzel is beautiful, you cannot help but feel heart broken for the young Marghuerita.


I love how this botter combines historical fiction as well as fairytales. The plot jumps around in time, looping backward and forward through the characters’ lives; this works well, as connections and similarities between the three main characters build throughout the book.

Set in the time of Louis XIV, the Sun King, for Charlotte’s tale, Versailles, and occasionally Paris, create the perfect backdrops for her story of religious, romantic and independence struggles. Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in and still inspiring him at the time of his death, sixty-four years later.

Back in those times, women had few options in life – they could choose to enter a nunnery, they could choose to marry a man for security, not often for love or they could choose to prostitute themselves. This is my first Kate Forsyth novel, but you can bet it will not be my last. Do you enjoy reading new twists and interpretations of old fairytales? The story lines become woven together so brilliantly. I understand that this is historically accurate, and I understand that women had very little freedom in these societies; as Selena’s mentor tells her, a woman can be a nun, a wife, or a whore.

Telling the story of Rapunzel birter its attendant themes from several viewpoints, she has created a darkly compelling novel, which simply seethes with sex scenes.