I recently finished this book, Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin. I’m not going to lie. I stopped reading this book a couple of chapters in because it seemed like it was going down a road I did not want to follow. Some of my online book friends convinced me to stick with it. They assured me that it was in fact not going down the road I thought it was going. I am so glad that I did. This is what is written on the inside jacket of the book. I hope you decide to take a trip “down the rabbit hole,” and that you enjoy the time that you’re there.
Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin (4 stars)
“Alice Liddell Hargreaves”s life has been a richly woven tapestry: As a young woman, wife, mother, and widow, she’s experienced intense passion, great privilege, and greater tragedy. But as she nears her eighty-first birthday, she knows that, to the world around her, she is and will always be only “Alice.” Her life was permanently dog-eared at one fateful moment in her tenth year–the golden summer day she urged a grown-up friend to write down one of his fanciful stories.
That story becomes a sensation the world over. Its author, a shy Oxford professor, does more than immortalize Alice–he changes her life forever. But even he cannot stop time, and as Alice’s childhood slips away, a peacetime of glittering balls and royal romances gives way to the urgent tide of war.”