This is what I think is called a romance novel, I bought it under the heading of Mystery. Very little mystery, smarmy sex story and lots of information on pearls- colors, cleaning, kinds etc. Not what I expected.
After reading Isabella I looked forward to reading this second entry in the series. Starting in Armenia with a vague archeologist and his bewitching daughter we travel with them back to England accompanied by a handsome rake . Multiple engagements, one kidnapping, a couple of elopements and lots of lords and ladies keep the tangled plot moving. The dialogue is great fun and kept a smile on my face all the way through.
The author is enamored of his own views and often falls into a political polemic that fails to enhance the story . Descriptions of the novel suggest that it involves a mystery about a medieval chalice. It doesn't. It is just a weak detective story. Disappointed
This well plotted adventure story was worth reading. However I was frustrated by the deaths of so many characters. The ending was dramatic but not satisfying. There were too many unresolved story lines and too many story lines were resolved by death
Delightful. Perfect length for an evening or a trip to grandmother's house. Totally different from the other books in the series. Complete in itself. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did
Having read all the books in this series I am anxious for the next. Ryan has patiently and believably developed the personalities and relationship between Nell and Will. The supporting characters have substance and credibility and come in and out of the series to help build the drama and mystery. It is fun to visit the fascinating city of Boston in the 1860s. Ryan evokes this richly layered period in US history and carefully weaves the influences of Boston Brahmins, Irish immigrants , Harvard and post civil war America into a good story worth reading
This series has been well researched, written and related in audio...however, Harris is sinking into melodrama as she seeks to keep the series going. I suggest she lets the relationship between the doctor and his lady love move forward or end. After four novels It is disappointing to have these two people once again find themselves in a torturous tangle. As I reader I feel like I am trapped in a Saturday afternoon matinee watching the screen fade to gray on a heroine tied to the railroad tracks. I don't think I can endure seven hours of "Bedlam"......the probable site of the next installment in this series
If you were expecting to find the clever repartee of Heyer's usual dialogue you will be disappointed. This is more of a farce than a whimsical romantic comedy. I am delighted by most of Heyer's stories but this is a forgettable and confusing tale.
Some books hold their appeal long after publication. This one doesn't. The performance is almost unlistenable I held on until the end because I admire the author's writing. This is not one of his better efforts
We'll written from start to finish. No student should leave high school without reading this and talking about it in English class. As the fifteen year old narrator reflects on her complicated family relationships we learn about her as well as her parents, her sister, her uncle and his partner. The characters are complex and beautifully revealed by the author Carol Rifka Brunt. In Brunt's hands the AIDs crisis of the 80s is sensitively and gently handled. Having lived in the New York City area I found the portrayal of a young girl coming of age near the City and dealing with the loss of her gifted uncle to AIDS to be credible and deeply engaging. I am looking forward to Brunt's next effort
Like many mystery story addicts I enjoy the discovery of an author and a series that are new to me. The small lakeside town of Aurora, Minnesota is peopled with characters that fascinate as soon as they are introduced. The social and political struggles between the native peoples and the townsfolk form a subtext for motivating the characters and moving the plot forward but they do not dominate. As the tale unfolds Cork O'Connor and each of the people who surround him become more complex and carefully drawn. Iron Lake stands alone as a well written novel not just the beginning of a promising series. Krueger tantalizes us with enough detail that I am anxious to revisit O'Connor and Aurora, Minnesota .
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