Fire and Roses: The Burning of the Charlestown Convent, 1834 – Nancy Lusignan Schutlz.
I had high hopes for this book. After a dramatic beginning that describes the night the convent burned, Schultz’s story disappears into the minutae of plodding, mind-numbing researched facts. Her intense novel-like style vanishes and she skips around in time. Also confusing is her method of sometimes referring to the nuns by their religous names and sometimes by their birth names. Certain facts are repeated again and again, also slowing down the narrative. I struggled to almost page 90, but couldn’t go on, even though I wanted to read about Lyman Beecher’s role in this travesty.