When Dora’s parents die in a tragic accident, her horrible uncle takes over their antiquities shop and her care. For years she is under his thumb and has nothing but her companion, a magpie, to keep her company. She dreams of being a jewelry designer, which is not a woman’s trade in the 1700s. When she stumbles upon a beautiful Grecian urn in the basement depicting Pandora’s story, it tips off a chain of events that changes all of their lives forever.
Who knew opening Pandora’s jar could be so boring. I hate to say that because the historical fiction aspects of this novel were written and well researched. But it is sort of billed as a story about releasing a curse. All we really got was a bunch of greedy men fighting over a vase. There was some action in the final third of the book are we see some comeuppance… but it all happened a little bit too late for me. And I think this premise could have been executed a little bit more thrillingly.
Thanks to Netgalley advanced access to this novel. I did purchase a copy before my approval came through. All opinions above are my own.
I’ve got this signed copy up for sale on Pango books if you’re interested! What do you do with your books when you’re done with them? Do you keep them all? Sell? Donate? Give to a friend?