I was given a copy of Those Rosy Hours free for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This post is part of the TLC Tour for Those Rosy Hours.
If you want an out-of-the-box, completely original, and fantastical read, then you definitely want to read Those Rosy Hours at Mazandaran.
Those Rosy Hours at Mazandaran Summary (from Amazon):
It begins with a rumour, an exciting whisper. Anything to break the tedium of the harem for the Shah’s eldest daughter. People speak of a man with a face so vile it would make a hangman faint, but a voice as sweet as an angel’s kiss. A master of illusion and stealth. A masked performer, known only as Vachon. For once, the truth will outshine the tales.
On her eleventh birthday, Afsar’s uncle tries to molest her, and her father, the Shah, gifts her a circus. With the circus comes a man who will change everything. Inspired by Gaston LeRoux’s The Phantom of the Opera, Marion Grace Woolley takes us on forbidden adventures through a time that has been written out of history books.
My Review of Those Rosy Hours at Mazandaran
Looking just at the cover, I didn’t know what to expect from this book. I knew it was inspired by The Phantom of the Opera, but other than that, I had no expectations. What I did not expect was a completely fantastical world based in Turkish/Arabian history filled with all of the richness that you would expect from ancient Persia.
A lot of times, it will take me a few chapters to get into a story, but the richness and dream-like quality of Those Rosy Hours drew me in almost from page one. I felt connected to Afsar from the very start of the book, which is quite rare for me these days.
I loved two things the most about Those Rosy Hours. I loved the writing and I loved the characters. It is rare for modern writers to create in-depth complicated, character-driven stories. Those Rosy Hours reminded me more of stories written in the 1800s when books were all about character development and character sketches in general. I’ve missed that from my modern books.
The writing in Those Rosy Hours is just what you would hope from a story set in the Middle East in the past. Everything feels magical, compelling, and like there are secrets hidden in every corner.
All in all, I was unexpectedly enamored by the book, and the fact that the plot focuses on secrets, darkness, and lurking evil is all the better.
If you are looking for a truly diverse read, definitely pick up this book!
About the Author
Marion Grace Woolley is the author of three previous novels and a collection of short stories. In 2009, she was shortlisted for the Luke Bitmead Bursary for New Writers. She balances her creative impulses with a career in International Development; she has worked and traveled across Africa, Australia, Armenia, and a few other places beginning with ‘A’. She is an associate member of the Society of Authors, and is currently at work on her fifth novel.
Follow Marion on Twitter @AuthorMGW