Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Review: White Rose by Amy Ephron

Title: White Rose
Author: Amy Ephron
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Published: 2000
Pages: 288

Rating: 5 out of 10

White Rose is the fictional re-telling of an actual historical event. In 1897, an American journalist and acting spy is sent to rescue Evangelina Cisneros, a young Cuban woman involved in the revolution. 

I read this book easily in one enjoyable sitting - most of the chapters are only about two or three pages long, and written breezily enough to be lightly read. I love stories about Cuba, but this one did not focus very much on the culture of the country, but mainly on the character of Evangelina herself, and secondly on political events and feelings there at the time.

Karl Decker, the man sent to rescue her, becomes captivated by her strength, fascinated by her beauty, and sympathetic to her story. He himself is already married, and Evangelina has her own long-time lover, but despite this, the two fall in love.
The writing is pretty, but the character development and story arc could have been done better.

Evangelina Cisneros