You will enjoy this book if you've never read a well-writtn, well-researched period romance and you don't care about historical or linguistic accuracy.
If they're all this poorly researched and full of this many cliches, no.
The whole book was so aweful that I didn't even finish it. However, this narrator is one of my favorites, and her performance here is as good as always. Too bad she didn't have much to work with.
First of all, this author needs to do some research into the language used during the time period when the story was set. I swear the main characters said "bloody hell!" at least 5 times a chapter. Variety is the spice of life, and she could have put just a tiny bit of effort into looking up some other othes and explatives of the time.
Also, there is no way, NONE! that a completely deaf woman who had been deaf since childhood could converse with perfect diction 100% of the time. The lip reading...fine. She could have taught herself that. But--and this is not meant in any way to be dirogatory toward the fully deaf--it is simply not possible for Jessica to have had perfect diction without the intervention of any kind of teacher or language therapist.
Finally, waltzing. Based on the clothing styles referenced in the book and a comment one character made about "the American colonies", it is safe to assume that this book was set in the late 1700's. Fine. However, waltzing was not widely accepted in English high society until the early 1800's. Again, a little research would have gone a long way.
Laura Landon needs to read a Heyer. The story itself wasn't badly written, just incredibly poorly researched and lacking in credibility.
This entire series has been about Sookie's growth as a character. In the first book we met a social outcast, a recluse, crippled by her telepathy and terrified of herself. She was the perfect victim, because she had no self-confidence, and was semingly unable to take control of the events effecting her life. In the past few books, and especially in this one, we see a stronger, smarter, more resiliant Sookie, who has learned to value herself and her abilities and who has decided to take control of her own future--as much as anybody can.
While I, like most other readers, enjoyed the ins and outs of Sookie'sromantic life throughout this series, the underlying story was of her coming into her own.
"I also knew, that if he turned away from me at this moment, I would survive that, and I would find a way to flourish...I'm Sookie Stackhouse, and I belong here."
If you're a shipper with a particular adgenda, beware, you may be disappointed. If you've been reading between the lines, you can pretty much guess how this story ends. The curtain comes down on Bon Temps with only the faintest shaddow of vampires in the wings. And while Sookie's future is uncertain, it's not without the hope of love on the horizon.
Absolutely. I came very close to calling out from work so I could spend some quality couch time with this novel. I resisted the impulse, but I definitely spent my entire commute and my lunch break with Johanna Parker's excellent narration keeping me company.
If you've put time and emotional energy into reading this series for the past few years, read this one. Yes, there is a distinct air of "tying up loose ends" at various points throughout the book, but you'll be left with a sense of satisfaction for having seen Sookie through to the end of her journey.
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