I have read all oh Hynes' academic themed novels, and lived them. This one is pointless and borring. I couldn't finish it.
I was in the mood for something like Lovecraft, and these fit the bill.
She is the worst narrator ever. Her accent is intrusive, and her cadence is almost unbearable.
It was really painful to listen to the author trying to demonstrate that the characters were so very smart, because what they were saying was so very dumb. The kept coming up for me during the entire book. Also, I found the main character pretty unsympathetic.
Time travel and Scotland are merely deep background for what is really a romance novel. Mostly it is a fantasy about a woman in a boring, but adequate marriage who travels back in time (never explained how - she is just transported through standing stones. Somehow). Once there, she gets a hot Scottish guy. There was just too much eroticized violence for me. Again and and again, he is flogged or tortured in a salacious manner, in scenes that are long and tedious. I am not above this sort of thing, really, but this whole book was just so bloody boring. The thing I probably hated the most was that he actually beats her with a belt in a fairly long scene, and she comes to believe that she deserved it. It's not an S/M scene, just a spouse abuse scene. II really hated this book. No idea why it is so popular.
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