After the success of listening to The Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting, I decided I needed to listen to something else. I found this one on Mr H’s audible list.
Here’s the blurb …
France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever-and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.
But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore, and he remembers her name.
First, the narrator (Julia Whelan) was fabulous. I really enjoyed listening to this novel. The story was fascinating; it was told from two different times – contemporary and historical. In the historical section, we learn how Addie copes with the curse and discovers its limitations and advantages. In the contemporary section, she has been living with the curse for three hundred years and she meets (finally) Henry, the first person in three hundred years to remember her. The writing was beautiful, I particularly enjoyed the start of each part.
I am not sure how I feel about the ending, however, I am also not sure how I wanted it to end.