Manuel Bravi Bravi itibaren Montigné-le-Brillant, Fransa
This book was a bit different than I was expecting (and hoping for). Though I did like it, I was hoping for more "historical" and less "novel". I realize the author did quite a bit of research, as is manifest in her bibliography and notes, but I didn't know going into this book how little information there really is about the family she was basing the book on (the first LDS family in Russia. Probably because of that, it seemed the "main" character was actually a fictional Russian. I am excited, however, to read some of the sources she listed in her bibliography.
I LOVED the humor in this book. Things like : the job of the single person at a family party is to be useful and pleasant so you can get invited back, so the next time you can be as miserable as the last. The characters are great updates of the Austen originals. Makes me think maybe Persuasion is really funny and I just didn't get all the 18th century jokes. Plus the setting in Boston is a lot of fun. Except the book must have been written long before it was published since they go shopping at Filenes.