I'm giving away Lost Hearts in Italy by Andrea Lee on my blog so if anyone is interested please hop over and leave your mark.
This is the first book where I've seen a number of rave reviews right up alongside as many (or more) hate reviews everywhere I look. I got the impression that the writers of many of the really poisonous ones resent the author for reasons that will be apparent to anyone reading her bio, and reject the book based on the fact that she writes about people like herself who live in her world. Really, how else does one explain a one-star review based on an opinion such as: 'Does the author expects us to believe that a Greek billionaire would be interested in a little black girl?' Or, 'This author just wants everyone to know she went to Harvard.' Seriously, this was the context of many of the bad reviews.
I enjoyed her story because it explores the very common phenomenon where people hurt the people they love and destroy the good in their lives for the sake of a random passion they don't even understand. The writing itself is beautiful, and the novel is stylistically intriguing.