Bright & Distant Shores

Bright & Distant Shores

Book - 2011
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When a late-19th-century Chicago insurance magnate sponsors a South Seas expedition to collect various Melanesian artifacts, his schemes ensnare two orphans including a recently engaged itinerant trader and a mission houseboy who longs to be reunited with his sister.
Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, c2011
Edition: 1st Washington Square Press trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781439198865
1439198861
Branch Call Number: FIC Smit
Characteristics: 470 p. : map

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salgeogal
May 17, 2016

Gotta agree with the other comments. It was a lot of story. Could have used some editing. It wasn't a painful slog (and I've read several of those), but it was a lot and moved really slow in places. And even after all that, it felt a little unfinished. 5 out of 10

sewdaisy Dec 31, 2011

Did not finish. This one seemed ike a lot of work to read.
Historical fiction, 1890's, sailing ships to South Pacific.

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maven
Dec 11, 2011

I really wanted to like this book. The reviews of it seemed good, and the story sounded really interesting. The writing was certainly detailed, but it felt so flat, like there wasn't any emotion behind it. This made the people feel like robots, and the story was just too predictable. It also felt like convenient little details were tacked on everywhere, without a proper backstory. A lot of telling, not showing, basically. Very disappointing.

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