A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher
Paris, 1818. A street-girl takes a bullet, clutching a love note to her heart. What is Eponine’s story?
A little background:
I love Les Mis the musical, so when I saw this book on Cassi’s “Top Ten Tuesday – Retellings” post over at My Thoughts…Literally, I pre-ordered it on Amazon right away. It was delivered to my Kindle on 8/25, and I was going to wait until October to read it. I already had so many books planned for September. But I couldn’t resist. I downloaded it the next day and was sucked in immediately. Luckily, I breezed through this book in 3 days, so it didn’t interrupt my September reading. 🙂
This book was perfect for me! I loved every second of it. It’s a first person account of the events in Les Miserables from Eponine’s perspective. I loved the voice and the writing style. It was completely compelling. I read the Kindle version on my phone, and I literally couldn’t put it down. The chapters were short, and every time I came to the end of one, I’d start into the next one almost without realizing it.
As a fan of the musical, I appreciated how Fletcher sneaked some of the song lyrics into the writing. I didn’t realize it until about half way through, but then I couldn’t stop seeing the references. I thought this was genius.
There were some elements of the story that didn’t line up with the musical, but I assume they happen in the original Victor Hugo novel. I really should read that some day. For example, in this book, Eponine has a sister, Azelma, who is as awful as her parents. And Gavroche is her little brother. Mind blown!
Eponine’s story is tragic to the extreme, but somehow this book didn’t bring me down at all. I was just happy to be reading a tale of one of my favorite fictional characters of all time. Fletcher was able to illustrate her courageous escape from her atrocious upbringing and to give Eponine a much more heroic and self-sacrificing end.
My Rating: 5 Stars
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