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Vicki started her writing career somewhat late in life, but can attest to the fact that it is never too late to follow your dreams. Her debut novel was released in 2009, and six books later and another on the way, she doesn't think she will stop any time soon. She is an award-winning and best selling author in historical sagas/historical romance.
With Russian blood on her father's side and English on her mother's, she blames her ancestors for the lethal combination in her genes that influence her stories. Tragedy and drama might be found between her pages, but she eventually gives her readers a happy ending.
She lives in the beautiful, but rainy, Pacific Northwest with a pesky cat who refuses to let her sleep in. Her hobbies include researching her English ancestry, traveling to England when she can afford it, and plotting her next book.
Sharon E. Cathcart
on Nov. 01, 2011 :
Overall score: 4.25
I don't recall how I came across Vicki Hopkins' blog, "Lessons from the Phantom of the Opera," but I read it for the better part of a year. This book consists of selected entries from that blog, along with what she calls "The View From Box 5" (a series of what I came to think of as study questions and, frankly, skipped even looking at after a while).
Hopkins' essays cover a variety of topics. She emphasizes that she is not attempting to be scholarly or psychological in her interpretations of various symbols and events that she chooses to examine (e.g., the mask, graveyards, religion). However, she does have a few footnotes to indicate sourcing and shares some scholarly concepts. A great many of her references are from scriptures.
While one may not agree with Hopkins' interpretations (several are based on scenes from the 2004 "Phantom of the Opera" movie, which not everyone liked), she does support her position well with evidence. I believe the essays would have been more powerful without the study questions, as the thoughts her essays provoked did not always go down the road of the questions she presented.
Overall, a good job.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)