When a book can add to your understanding of historical events, and it does so without boring you stiff – then you know it’s a good book! This gripping account opened my eyes to the little details no one thinks about in a history class (well, no one in my history class, that is). For example, what was a country’s cost of allying themselves to a conquering land, what was the cost to the layman on the street? Through Anastasia’s account, I learnt of the devastating effects that the Napoleonic Wars had on everyday life, even in a country enjoying relative peace.
I enjoyed how personal and intimate the book feels. It is written in first person, from the perspective of Anastasia. Refreshingly, the world does not revolve around her. The account is balanced, and highlights both her strengths and flaws. Her character is well developed, and as she grew from childhood to her golden years, her voice matured. My heart sank, skipped a bit, and leapt for joy in pace with that of the protagonists, as she experienced love, heartbreak and loss.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It kept me up all night, as I just could not put it down! There is nothing I disliked about the book. If you enjoyed the works of Jane Austen, then you will probably enjoy this, though it is in much simpler English. The protagonist, has the same lively spirit, that many of Austen’s lead characters had. Those who enjoy historical fiction will alike enjoy this book.
I have read a lot of books and I would say that this book (Anastasia's Book of Days) is just as good as many of the books I have read by some of the more well-known authors. Cindy Maynard has definite talent and she should continue writing. This book was interesting and fun to read.