Books, Gardens, Dogs
The Art of Devotion - Samantha Bruce-Benjamin It really reminded me a lot of a Jodi Picoult story in how it unfolds and the unique take on each situation by the characters. Each one of them has a secret and they are all related. I really found it fascinating how the book unfolds. This really isn't really historical fiction although it does mostly take place during the 1940's. I really felt as though I was reading the private diaries of these characters. I really recommend this one and wish I could described it better. It is just one of those books that stays with you since it is so beautifully written and anything I write about it just fails to describe it. MINI INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR: Mary! How wonderful to read your very kind review. I am so profoundly touched that readers such as you are enjoying what I've written: after all, when you write, you always write for those imaginary readers in your imagination - so how brilliant to meet one of you. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my book, I so appreciate it. I'll check back in throughout the day to answer any questions you might have. Very best wishes and thank you! Samantha June 8, 2010 6:03 AM 2. Bethie said... Sounds great! Do you make an outline before you write the story. June 8, 2010 6:17 AM 3. Samantha said... Hmm...good question. I have done in the past, but not for this book. I keep everything in my head: I don't actually like working with synopsis: I find them too limiting. So, if I ever do use them, they are like a template - I wander off in my imagination a lot! I hope this answers your question and thanks! June 8, 2010 7:00 AM 4. Mary (BookHounds) said... Samantha: This is such a charater driven story. I was just amazed at how you created such a human face for each character. I had a love/hate relationship with Adora. That was the "wow" factor for me with this story. Did Adora tell you were she wanted to go or did you direct her? June 8, 2010 7:30 AM 5. Samantha said... Thanks for your question. Adora really was a surprise to me: she definitely directed me, not the other way around. I just find myself still fascinated by her, even though I created her, if that makes sense at all to you! She proves the most compelling to me because I still struggle to make sense of her. Thanks! June 8, 2010 7:56 AM 6. Mary (BookHounds) said... Thank you Samantha. I have two more: You mention Adora and Sebastian adopting stray dogs several times in the book and specifically one dachshund. Are dachshunds special to you? Is the island based on a real place? I kept guessing the location and would love to visit it. Your descriptions were so detailed that I wanted to be there right now. June 8, 2010 10:31 AM 7. Samantha said... I do have a dachshund: his name is Geordie Beau and he IS in the book! In fact, all of the dogs, are our dogs - past and present - so they have very special significance. Yes, the island is based on a real place where I spent all of my summers growing up. Thanks! June 8, 2010 11:28 AM

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