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Friday
Oct122018

Hunting Houses by Fanny Britt

Why I read this book:

I heard a review of the translation of Hunting Houses by Fanny Britt while visiting family in Quebec. The premise hooked me right away.

My one sentence summary:

When happily married real estate agent Tessa tracks down the former lover of her life, she will have to choose between rekindling an old romance or embracing her present self.

Kudos:

I loved the writing in this book. The characters and locations all felt so real and Quebecois. The tension between embracing the ideal of the past and accepting the imperfection of the presence was wonderful and kept me on the edge of my seat. I wanted her to choose her husband, but understood why she lusted after an image of who she was.

Quibbles:

I found my attention started to wander in the many flashbacks. While they gave insight into Tessa's family life growing up and her journey into womanhood, I felt more drawn to the present conflict.

Final verdict:

High recommend.

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