Being a historical novel reader, my standards are often hard to please. I want more than the tight arms embracing the heroin. I need some story line to be there as well. Catherine Coulter's (CCS) books have that: story line with romance and mystery/fantasy. I have chosen several of her books as they are an easy read/listen while multi-tasking: don't require a lot of brain power; have a smacking of sexual tension; and almost always leave me contented after the read.
Story line: suffice it to say that there is a curse. Aha the title! This curse has been placed upon a castle and the female family line, that appears to -kill off- any suitors, or husbands. The plot builds on ending the curse for one such suitor. There is the continued repeating of the CURSE and legend. GOT IT! At times I felt a strain between the seams of reality and fantasy. Not enough, though, to stop me from reading and enjoying the book. Someone else wrote that they found it boring. That person probably didn't finish the novel and/or like fantasy.
CC is NOT Jane Austen or George Eliot. Her books don't deal with realistic interactions of the time period; rather deals with love, courtship, and historical romance and fantasy uniquely interwoven. IF this doesn't fit your style, than most likely you will not like her novels.
However, if you would like to be entertained, without a lot of War and Peace drama, then this novel fits the bill. If you need the Darcy and Elizabeth dialogue - then don't purchase this audio book. Think of it this way: There is Jack and the Beanstalk or Alice in Wonderland; not everyone would enjoy the differing styles and would prefer ONE over the other.
Here I am, tired, looking for a book to read, when I see this one, that I have already read. So, here is my short comments. LOVED it.
OK. I mean, tooooo funny. To fantastic. Just have to love the lady in the story. Poor thing, her plan backfired. However, after some time ... who knows? She just might ...
If I didn't know better, I would say she reminds me of Jo of Little Women, set in this time period, with the same problem. If you love to read, and you love Catherine Coulter, then by all means get this one. Never a boring moment.
Some say it is an easy read, and therefore, well ... too easy.
But me? I loved every moment of the book. Yes, I guessed some ideas and knew this or that. However, I was still surprised and totally entertained by the story line.
The heroine is lovely. The best friend is ... what I would like my best friend to be like. The husband is a dead beat (in many ways). The soon to be lovers (heroine and best friend) are they there, or not??
The sadness is truly felt. Bravery is without fault. OK. I like Nora Roberts again.
I loved, LOVED, that she did not have any love scenes that made my have to skip ahead. Not all of us out there want wild, unabandoned love scenes. Boy friends, kisses, and any of the rest, yes. But, when did we go from story line to sex stories?
As a Jane Austen fan, I believe that the story should be enough to fulfill your mind.
Good going, Nora!! I am getting ready to purchase another book. Don't disappoint me!
That one word above says it all. Fantastic! With out a doubt, most of her books are in the A pluses for me. Maybe she can switch to numbers next, and have a true man developing in her world? Just saying
Beginning was different than I envisioned. Since I can usually figure out a book within two to three chapters, this one had me good. It is her very METHOD OF STORY TELLING that intrigues me. She would have made Alfred Hitchcock a great wife. So grateful to find her here on Audible. As famous lines go, "Please Sir, I want some more!"
Loved it, not for kissing and gooey love stories - but rather for Ms Holt's ability to keep one interested. Not for everyone's tastes, perhaps. But, for a lover of literature and a stylistic approach, bravo, Ms Holt.
Took an hour or so to understand the adventure, and the plot only thickens as the book progresses. YES it indeed is a romance. Good grief. Not all see in shades of black and white. Always allow for some gray. Read it. Surprises at every turn.
Well, better and better. I was not ... for one moment bored. Nope! This publication of Grafton's series had me reaching back into the prior books that I had missed. The written synopsis of the book is well written as well.
If you like Ms Grafton, and Judy Kaye as the reader, then sit back and be prepared for a one of a kind story. Perhaps, some of my enjoyment came because it has been two or so years since I listened to one of her books. Regardless the reason, I have read nothing else for the last 2 months then Sue Grafton. The plot on this book is nice and tight, the characters believable, the story line consistent; one can even taste the meatloaf! Yeah, have to read it to get that sentence.
Just wondering what Ms Grafton will do when she reaches the END of the alphabet? Quit? Surely not! You can't let a character like this die off!! OR ride into the sunset!
As to TV series, I was imagining Kyra Sedgwick could try her hand as Kinsey; a good turn-around for her from The Closer. Henry? Well, some good looking 80-something other. Plus. Rosa? Plenty of people for her.
Just read the book, and enjoy like I did. Hey, I even read this while illustrating!
I watched both PBS shows and they were great. The black and white being the most true to the books. However, the books, wow. So incredible. So amazing. I have now lived life from the 1880s to 1920s. I saw two wars. I lost a King and gained a King. I watched a woman flee from being a piece of property by a man, who really was indeed a good man, only he was brought up to believe that his way was the right way.
The plot is too complicated to deal with here. However, it deals with a large family of wealth and consideration, and how that wealth colors their thinking and behavior. Believe me, it does do that in amazing ways; some for good, some for bad. Yet, you continue to read, you need to read to understand them better.
These series of books, and there are many of them, I think 7 to 9, I have forgotten, but I read them all, are without doubt a MUST if one wants to understand the historical method of living in the past century. Also, it is a riveting read. The narration is positively wonderful. I cried when I was finished. I had lost my friends, indeed, almost my family; just as I did when War and Peace was finished. How dare they stop the book? I demand more. Please ... more.
FANtastic!!!!! One of my favorite books that I have read, and I have been an avid reader since I was a young child. This book was so well written using the thoughts and feelings of women who truly "lived" the life ... walked that walk. They help us to understand in such an easy way what it meant to "be the help.' NEVER before had I remotely understood WHERE our black friends were coming from. Where my nanny came from, who I loved and missed when she left. This book explained it all. Better yet, the audio book brought it to LIFE!! You could HEAR the thoughts, the UmmHmm's which are said in a Southern sound. Reading this book drops you back into the early 1960s. Here is one little glimmer from the book: we were in the race to space, we dealt with the death of President Kennedy, and the a war was brewing on the horizon, yet, we believed that we might catch some bad disease if we allowed a black person to use a common restroom, drink from our warter fountains, etc. It is barbaric, yet, it was "we." Now, WE get to hear the other side of the story. Cool, eh? You bet!!
I loved this book. I loved the author! Can't wait to see the movie. Hope that their is a sequel.
Here there is more of a story. There is still the sex, which is up to individuals preferences, right? The plot here is better elicited. Two twins, handsome, of course, whose father and mother were married in an earlier book. There begins intrigue and danger, and one does not know why. Something about a ghost? The plot is about the father being in mortal danger, and how he and his family survives. See, a plot (read my review for book # 9 - Lyon's Gate). I must admit that after reading some truly fine pieces of Englich literature and returning to this, I find myself at a great loss. Sorry. There are some really fantastice pieces of historical literature out there, with true plots, real adventure, and life as it really was. I believe that Mrs. Coulter has her place in the scheme of things, but that ... if you want a true plot with real characters you might have to look elsewhere. Again, sorry.
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