I never read this book as a teen or twenty-something. Enjoyed it so much, I just read (listened to)it twice - back to back.
Was a little slow starting out the first time around, but then I was hooked.
Beautiful story-telling, surprises, romance, folly of youth, good vs evil, mystery, feminism, spousal abuse, double standards are all elements found in the remarkable book.
Some of the themes must have been shocking when it was published in 1848.
I have enjoyed all of Kate Morton's books. This one, however, was not as good as the others. It is a gothic novel filled with characters, shifts in time, mysteries, etc., etc. But, some of the characters in this book, just didn't make sense. Especially the father - with no grandchildren, there is no one to inherit. If he loves his castle so much, wouldn't he want his descendents to protect it? With not much information on his childhood, his attitude can't be understood. Why would he leave his children almost destitute? His guilt was not reasonable.
Why wasn't more said about the muniment room? Are there too many characters and story lines? Why did Juniper become unbalanced?
Now that I have finished it - and I listened to parts of it twice - I am asking myself, "Did I miss something?"
Still, it was enjoyable. I look forward to her next one. Maybe I will listen to this one again.
This could have been a great book, instead it is a good one. But, I am still thinking about it.
This book has many of the elements of a best seller. I love all the quirky characters - especially the apple tree. However, the writing could be better and the characters could have more depth. It is a just a little too sweet for me in places. I think this writer has a great career ahead of her.
This is a good book, weaving together historical characters, the plight of women, mystery, romance, changing society. It could have been a GREAT book. More character development would have helped. A little less sappy romance.
Too bad the editorial staff did not take more time with this one.
I have enjoyed all of the Corey books and DeMille. However, this one seemed to have so much unnecessarily graphic violence that it detracted from the story. Still - more John and Kate!
Another classic I did not appreciate when younger. I particularly enjoyed experiencing the changing role of women written in real time over a period of 20 or 30 years. The historical events such as the Boer war and death of Queen Victoria and their impact on society was appealing as well.
John Galsworthy and Anthony Trollope are two of my all time favorite authors.
I read this book in high school, but did not grasp (or don't remember) many of its subtleties. This book is a prime example of why adults show read the classics. A great book, that I just didn't "get" as a youngster.
I generally enjoy Kate Wilhelm, even if her books are somewhat predictable. However, the narrator's male voices were annoying on this one.
I, too, was frustrated by the loose ends and unanswered questions. But, this made the book seem more like real life. The characters are like people you have met - not perfect, trying to do a good job most of the time, sometimes confused, making mistakes they must learn to live with.
I would have enjoyed an Irish accent for some of the characters, but the narrator did a wonderful job overall.
I look forward to Ms. French's next book. I, too, would like to know what happened to Rob's friends.
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