Not to be contentious BUT I think that you've dramatically shortchanged both the author and the book - respectively AV Walters and 'The Gift of Guylaine Claire'. With just 2 books under her belt to date, AV Walters has demonstrated her ability to tell great stories that introduce characters of great depth and full of real life. Her 2 published novels (just the beginning, I hope) are very enjoyable / memorable to read. One learns a great deal in the process ... certainly much more than the review above lightly intimates about French names (pretty silly). In this book the author demonstrates impressive research and knowledge of Quebecois society along with how family relations universally work. 'The Gift of Guylaine Claire' is may be full of French-named characters, centered around a slain sculptor, and set in Canada but it's clearly and genuinely a story of discovery: cultures, families, politics, love, religion and growth of the human spirit are explored. But above all, it is well written, multifaceted and a terrific read from a new and exciting author who happens to reside locally.
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