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Children of Liberty (edició 1771)

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At the turn of the century and the dawning of the modern world, Gina from Belpasso comes to Boston's Freedom Docks to find a new and better life, and meets Harry Barrington, who is searching for his. The fates of the Barringtons and Attavianos become entwined, on a collision course between the old and new, between what is expected and what is desired, what is chosen and what is bestowed, what is given and what is taken away. As America races headlong into the future, much will be lost and much will be gained for Gina and Harry, whose ill-fated love story will break your heart.… (més)
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Títol:Children of Liberty
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Children of Liberty de Paullina Simons

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Compared to her other books, I was bored. ( )
  Charlotte1162 | Nov 29, 2017 |
Paullina Simons is one of my favourite authors. It has been a long time between this book and the last one. It is a prequel to the Bronze Horseman Series, which I loved! This book was although not to the same level of "The Bronze Horseman" itself. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to others to read also. ( )
  amme_mr | May 5, 2015 |
I received the free print book “Children of Liberty” by Paullina Simons from Night Owl Reviews for my honest review of the novel. I am so interested in the early years of our country. This novel is set in and around Boston in the late 1800’s. It is the story of one family of immigrants, Gina, her mother Mimoo, and her brother Salvo.

Upon arriving in America, the family comes in contact with two young men who set them up in an apartment for the night and make sure that they are taken care of until the next morning when they travel to join other relatives already in the States. Reading this book gave me a peek into the lives of immigrants and their struggles to be able to live in America at that time. Of course, things get complicated with the two young men, the fiancée of one, and the desire for adventure of the other. I think you will enjoy this novel. However, I, at times, was “dragged down” by some of the dialogue. I suppose it was reminiscent of that era, but seemed to make me want to skip pages.

You can find this review on my blog at http://wp.me/p2pjIt-69.
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  SilverShrew | Feb 20, 2014 |
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Gina Attaviano is a fourteen-year-old Italian immigrant girl living her father's dream when she and her mother and brother arrive in Boston. Their father Alessandro has passed away, but the rest of the family arrive to stay with a cousin and aunt in Lawrence, Massachusetts. They arrive in Boston Harbor and meet two surprisingly helpful locals, Ben Shaw and Harry Barrington, who lend them an apartment for the night. Both are from prominent families, but that doesn't stop them getting involved with the Attaviano family; Ben immediately becomes infatuated with fourteen-year-old Gina, while Gina herself develops a massive crush on Harry, who remains aloof. Over the course of the novel, determined Gina decides to find a way to fit herself in Boston society, having discovered what she truly longs to have.

I've never read any of Paullina Simons's books before and I have a feeling that I chose the wrong place to start. I was deeply underwhelmed by this book, having heard many good things about the author's Bronze Horseman trilogy, and I'm now not sure I'm curious enough about what happens next to actually delve into that trilogy. I read this first as I got it for review and a prequel is generally not a bad place to start reading a series, but I think I should have started with Simons's other books.

Let me explain why. First of all, the characters were simply not people I wanted to spend time with. Gina decides to go off and do her own thing, lying to everyone who loves her, from the minute she steps foot on American soil. She refuses to listen to any sort of logic and, in short, behaves like a reckless teenager. That's fine - that's what she is for most of the book anyway. But she also turns out to be a character who is impossibly perfect; she excels at school when she decides she should, she earns all sorts of mysterious extra money with her cleverness and makes herself beautiful clothes, she begs a loan to start her family's restaurants, and every man who sees her falls at her feet, except of course Harry (until he finally does). She even somehow speaks perfect English, even though she admits in the beginning of the book that she hadn't paid as much attention to her father's lessons as she should have.

Harry, on the other hand, is an adult, but seems like he could have happily remained a child or student forever. He ignores all sense of responsibility and lets his life happen to him, rather than doing anything at all to influence it himself. He's content enough, it seems, to be in a relationship with a well-bred girl he doesn't love, to flounder about wondering what he's supposed to be doing while continuing to study (and getting nowhere doing it), and living off his father's money well into his twenties. Ben, his best friend, was far more interesting because he actually had a spine and went off and did things himself. When Harry finally makes a decision about his life, he hides it from everyone and creates a disaster. Twice.

Second, the book has little plot. Gina decides she's in love with Harry and the rest of the book is spent on various conversations, political talks and meetings, and her often fruitless efforts to entice him. I felt zero spark between them, even when Harry finally wakes up and realizes that a gorgeous Italian woman has him firmly on a leash. The romance part of the book felt dreamlike and I had no real sense of why these two people had chosen to be together. It's one of those attraction-and-nothing-else storylines which get on my nerves.

Lastly, much of the book is spent on little happening but talking. I'm normally fine with this and tend to even enjoy "quiet" books, generally because they have some sort of meaning. But here? Gina's entire existence is focused around Harry; everything she's done, everything she's learned, has simply been to attract a man. So her ideals seem faked, while Harry hides from his life and ignores responsibility, spouting nonsense about what he believes in and failing to act on any of it. I just got fed up with them and with the book - after writing this review I'm actually surprised that I finished it.

The Bronze Horseman might be worth reading, but I'm not sure Children of Liberty is. If you're interested, I'd recommend visiting your library first. That's where I'll be getting the rest of the trilogy from, if I decide to continue. ( )
  littlebookworm | Dec 28, 2013 |
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At the turn of the century and the dawning of the modern world, Gina from Belpasso comes to Boston's Freedom Docks to find a new and better life, and meets Harry Barrington, who is searching for his. The fates of the Barringtons and Attavianos become entwined, on a collision course between the old and new, between what is expected and what is desired, what is chosen and what is bestowed, what is given and what is taken away. As America races headlong into the future, much will be lost and much will be gained for Gina and Harry, whose ill-fated love story will break your heart.

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