14 Jun



This book has been on my TBR Table for two years. I don’t know why it never chose to be read until now. I started it last night, and now, I can’t seem to stop thinking about it. It’s the 18th century, and I am in Sweden with Emil. We are sitting at a table, in a dimly lit room where Sofia Sparrow has just spread an octavo in front of us. A bode of eight playing cards that represent eight particular people who must all be found in order for a destiny to come to fruition.

Its finale would be unforgettable, but most everyone missed the beginning of the end. This was not so surprising; people expected violence served up with a revolution- America, Holland, and France being freshly carved examples. But that February night when our own quiet revolution began, the Town was calm, the streets nearly deserted, and I was playing cards at Mrs. Sparrow’s.

As I flipped through the pages of this book, prior to settling into its words, I was immediately drawn to the beautiful illustrations and the lightly written script behind the first line in each chapter. Then, as I read, an enchantment was set into motion, and I began to fade within it.




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