Alice I Have Been

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.”


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