This was a very disappointing novel. The story could have held up, if the writers' craft was up to par, as it was, she data dumped huge chunks of the story when she could have unfolded it in real time and made it work. Halfway through, it started to feel like a short story that she padded out with a meandering maternal storyline that added nothing and completely bored me. Since I'm sure, like all formula romances, she and whatshisface would get together at the end, I was only there for the journey and the journey was BORING. The two main characters would need a serious kick in the pants before they could even be called two-dimensional and the dialogue was beyond tedious. Knowing that the author has written better novels makes me think that this is one of her earliest efforts that she pulled out of her sock drawer and fleshed out to meet a deadline. BORING. Take a pass.
Diana Gabaldon is a master storyteller. She induldges in the smallest details in a way that is riviting and intriguing. Narrator Davina Porter is brilliant too. Her choices are spot on and I get so lost in the telling of these stories that I forget that all of these voices are coming out of one mouth.
This is a horrible travesty of Georgette Heyer! Her estate should never allow such hacks to decimate her work! The editor pulled out all the subtle nuances that added so much depth and texture and humor to this book. I will NEVER purchase an edited version again!
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