September 2, 2009

Alice, I have been by: Melanie Benjamin

Alice, I have Been

By: Melanie Benjamin

Publisher: Random House

Format: Arc/Softcover

Release Date: January 12, 2010

I got this book in about two weeks ago for review and it's FANTASTIC ... I'll be posting my review soon! I can't express enough how WONDERFUL this book is! I'll be first in line to get my hardcover copy on January 12, 2010.

Want to know why? Let me tell you a little about the book:

Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole–and the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.

But oh my dear, I am tired of being Alice in Wonderland. Does it sound ungrateful?

Alice Liddell Hargreaves’s life has been a richly woven tapestry: As a young woman, wife, mother, and widow, she’s experienced intense passion, great privilege, and greater tragedy. But as she nears her eighty-first birthday, she knows that, to the world around her, she is and will always be only “Alice.” Her life was permanently dog-eared at one fateful moment in her tenth year–the golden summer day she urged a grown-up friend to write down one of his fanciful stories

That story, a wild tale of rabbits, queens, and a precocious young child, becomes a sensation the world over. Its author, a shy, stuttering Oxford professor, does more than immortalize Alice–he changes her life forever. But even he cannot stop time, as much as he might like to. And as Alice’s childhood slips away, a peacetime of glittering balls and royal romances gives way to the urgent tide of war.

For Alice, the stakes could not be higher, for she is the mother of three grown sons, soldiers all. Yet even as she stands to lose everything she treasures, one part of her will always be the determined, undaunted Alice of the story, who discovered that life beyond the rabbit hole was an astonishing journey.

A love story and a literary mystery, Alice I Have Been brilliantly blends fact and fiction to capture the passionate spirit of a woman who was truly worthy of her fictional alter ego, in a world as captivating as the Wonderland only she could inspire.

Watch for my review soon...



  1. Looking forward to the full review of this! I love Alice in Wonderland. Have you read The Looking Glass Wars? They put an amazing spin on the tale. :)

  2. Zombie Girrrl - I have and I read his Alyss as well! Frank Beddor is amazing...I have to say that this is one of the BEST books I've read this year! I also started to read..."Never Slow Dance With A Zombie" and E. Van Lowe is going to be here with an awesome giveaway!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    xoxx Amy

  3. Oh. My. God.

    WHY have I not heard about this book before?? Sounds amazing!!!

  4. I would love to get my hands on a copy of this book. It sounds great

  5. Nikola - It's not officially out until January 12, a little bit yet, but if you pre-order the hardcover now they're taking ten dollars off and it's $25.00 instead of $35.00 PLUS by that time I'll forget that I ordered it in a gorgeous hardcover copy and right after Christmas! Merry Christmas to me!!

    X0XX Amy (Park-Avenue Princess)

  6. Serena - It's SO of the BEST books I've read ALL year! LOVE IT! I Pre-ordered my hard cover already...if you order NOW, it's $20.00 off...and the COVER to die for!!

    xoxo Amy (Park-Avenue Princess)

  7. I can't wait for your actual review of this book! I want to compare your thoughts with mine, ha ha, to see if your feelings on this book were similar.

  8. Sounds like a good book. Can't wait to read your review.

  9. good job, i think you have stirred us all to add this to our wish lists.

  10. I know you say this is a novel but is it based on a real person? Sounds interesting.

  11. Oh my gosh, you've made me really anxious to read this now!

  12. I think I am getting this one for review, too, but maybe I just thought about it because I haven't received it yet. Hmm...

    I hope I did though because as much as I don't need to have review books right now this one interested me so much I could not resist.


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