These reviews come from a reading journal I started (and abruptly forgot about) in 1999.

The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas, Bantam (abridged):

I loved this book.  It was such an exciting read.  The pot twists were challenging.  There were a lot of characters of keep up with.  I loved the intrigue.  Would Edmond wind up with Mércèdes?  Benedetto and Eugénie can’t marry – they’re siblings!  Is Eugénie a lesbian?  Will Valentine and Maximilien ever get together?  Duels, revolution, treachery, murder, incest, love revenge!

Vittorio the Vampire, Anne Rice, Knopf:

This book was awful.  I had to force myself through it.  What has happened to Anne Rice?  All of her most recent books stink.  I miss Louis and Lestat.  Not the Lestat from Memnoch, but the other mischievous Lestat.  I hope she gets “it” back.  Vittorio got bogged down with the paintings and the angels.  Why does she spend so much time on just a year or a week?  Vittorio has been around 500 years – surely he’s seen other things!

Where the Heart Is, Billie Letts:

This book was wonderful.  I stayed up all night reading it, which is very rare for me.  I just had to find out what was going to happen to Novalee.  I had heard really good things about this book, and I really wanted to read it.  I thought the characters were wonderful.  It showed me once again why all the best books seem to be Southern in nature.

Possession: A Romance, A.S. Byatt, Vintage International:

What a wonderful read!  A bit of mystery.  Love and lust.  Victorian mores collide with sexual desire.  Poetry.  Genealogy.  Forbidden fruit.  My husband recommended it to me.  I loved every page.

As you have noticed, I didn’t include a synopsis of any of the books.  I simply wrote my opinions of each.  If you want a summary, you’ll have to ask me nice.  I’m too tired tonight, and I want to get into that tub right now.  G’night.