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Loved to hear of their voyages to heal the sick and injured Sadly this was not to be as Baba was killed in a blood feud early on leaving Eleonora alone to make THE JOURNEY HOME TO DELIVER THE journey home to deliver the news to her stepm The main character Diana is one of the most relatable characters I have had the chance
To Read In Aread in a Her perseverance for euality and opportunity for women independence is relentless In the beginning I was a little confused by the story development of Diana because it was a little nclear but once you get past the fifth chapter everything begins to tie together At least it did for me Overall a well written story and I would highly recommend it to all my friends especially those who are ntested in culture and gender studies An incredible story of a woman s strength The world in which Eleanora struggles sounds to strange to be TRUE BUT LITTLE DETAILS LIKE HER NOT KNOWING WHAT but little details like her not knowing what fork was widespread illiteracy and the rustic architecture and decoration of the homes the characters live in brings this story to life It s always fun to read and learn about an otherwise nknown place Along with learning about life in the remote mountains of Albania the dramatic story shines through and I am still wondering where the characters are after the book endedRich in detail about 1910 Albania with a dramatic love story this reminded me of Memoirs of a Geisha Impressively researched and deftly plotted One of the pleasures of historical fiction is learning about a new time and place and here we re transported to 1910 Albania where gender roles are rigid and society is ruled by convention Eleanora our main character rebels against gender conventions in a fascinating way by becoming what s known as a sworn virgin meaning she s suddenly treated like a man One of the difficulties of writing about a place that s so conventional is how to break free from convention in the narrative itself For example dialog in this part of the world is often highly scripted meaning some of the characters can sound stilted and wooden when they speak But I soon realized that this was part of the convention that Eleanora herself was rebelling against The ending which I won t give away also skirts close to convention in a different way before rejecting it in favor of a ambiguous conclusion which I found in keeping with the novel s overall theme of struggling against convention a theme that s explored in many interesting ways in this worthy first novelNote I received an ARC from the author in exchange for Illage with her stepmother Mirlinda Nearing starvation Mirlinda secretly sells Diana into marriage with Edi the cruel heir of a powerful clan Rather than lose her freedom Diana swears to remain a virgin for the rest of her life a tradition that gives her the right to live as a man she is now head of her household. A mostly well done story on a tradition I HAD NO CLUE EXISTED AND SOUNDED REALLY INTERESTING SO no clue existed and sounded really interesting So I had the money to get this I pounced and started reading it the day it came inProsThe story kept my attention and I zipped through it pretty icklyLoved the settingLoved that Eleanora was an artistLiked how the story endedConsI was pissed at the way
Eleanora Treated Meria Itreated Meria I t blame her for being angry I probably would be too Meria had the best intentions misguided or not she wanted them both to be safe and yes she is grieving her father but she was being too cruel to her at times I thought I wanted to shove her off a cliff and spirit Meria awayThe writing was pretty good but sometimes felt wooden and stiffNumerous references made to Eleanora being strong like her father but it isn t seen much telling than showing at times Most of the time I found her to be selfish and dreamy Being a dreamer isn t all bad but in her case it came off as lazy other than her artThe romanceattraction annoyed me pretty much right awayAnother Pro and Con I guessed the twist with our traveling guide but the reveal was still cleverly doneAll in all not a bad read but was nderwhelmed over all maybe my expectations were too high shrugs A powerful story asking what it means to be a woman and about what it means to be a womanEleanora is like Scarlett O Hara you may not alway like her or what she does but you will respect her strengthI found the setting fascinating I have never read anything about Albania before let alone the remote mountains The story ends on a cliff hanger hoping the author writes the seuel and soon I am a fan of fictional stories with strong female characters and this one is exceptionally well written The story was so riveting that I couldn t put the book down once I started to read it I was very inspired by the strength and courage that Eleanora had I look forward to reading Ms Duke s next book You can read all of my reviews at Lit Wit Wine DineAs a avid reader of historical fiction I was first attracted to The Sworn Virgin because it introduced me to a subject I knew nothing about the sworn virgins of Albania While I ve read many novels with strong female characters that dared to reject their traditional societal roles I had never read one set strong female characters that dared to reject their traditional societal roles I had never read one set Albania so that was also a big drawWhen I began the book and learned that Eleanora and her father Fran traveled together as healers the nurse in me became even excited If only Eleanora could ve had time with her beloved Baba I would have. What would you do if your father was suddenly and mysteriously murdered leaving you alone in 1910s AlbaniaWhen 18 year old Diana’s father is mysteriously shot dead in the cobblestone streets of 1910s Albania Diana must abandon her dream of studying art in Italy as she struggles to survive in a remote mountain N honest review Interesting book on the harsh law kanun of lek of the mountain tribes Kanun of Lek of the mountain tribes Albania from a woman s viewpoint I had already read Broken April by Ismail Kadare and wanted to compare how the two different genders might have lived nder these brutal rules of blood feud and in this novel the correct deportment of a woman subservient and second class Set in 1910 a feisty girl Eleanora a talented artist and possessed of an independent spirit dreams of breaking away from this stifling atmosphere to study art in Italy spurred on by her father s encouragement She s also an apprentice to her father a healer and often accompanies him on his missions of mercy Her father is shot point blank on a city street Since she and her stepmother Meria are now left alone with no male in the house as protection or provider Meria tries to sell Eleanora as bride to a cruel man Edi for money and food When he comes for her she Declares Herself A Sworn Virgin herself a sworn virgin entitled to wear men s clothing and to become in effect a man with all the advantages that status gives her including carrying and sing a rifle When she discovers Kol is the killer she goes to his house to find out why her father had been downed in cold blood By accident she shoots him While fleeing the house house remorseful for what has happened she is nearly caught by someone While out one day she discovers a wounded man Cheremi brings him to her home and nurses him back to health But now she s torn between keeping her vow of virginity and her burgeoning love for him which is reciprocated Then the story degenerates into a romance between the two and from there it hurtles to its shattering conclusion I liked learning about these Albanian customs I thought the sworn virgin concept so outlandish I thought the author had created it out of her imagination At Any Cost until I read elsewhere to this day there are still some older women in the Albanian mountains who are of that status The novel was a fast read and kept my interestntil the banal romance eroded itI thank LibraryThing for sending me an ARC in return for my honest review This was a very intriguing book in that I m not sure that it was like anything else I have read That being said I found it very difficult to relate to Eleanora and was frus This book sounded promising and interesting but I hated every character and it was super boring Diana was one of the most whiny annoying characters everand her step mother was just stupid The big twist was incredibly predictable and kind of gross haha. Can work for a living and carry a gun She may participate in the vengeful blood feuds that consume the mountain tribes but she may not be killed nless she forsakes her vow When an ill stranger stumbles into her life she nurses him back to health saving his life but risking her own when she falls in love with hi.