Youngsville, NC, United States | Member Since 2011
The story is alright... The love story is nice, but there is a lot that is hard to swallow. Even after the great reveal near the end of the book, there is a whole lot that feels like an anachronism. I am not sure I could suspend my disbelief THAT much. The story is fun and sweet but there is a whole lot of details that do not correspond to the time period at all. The Parents let their unmarried daughter go trekking off to Scotland to deliver money to her Grandmother? Really? Then the Grandmother is up to something but no one knows what. Okay we can buy that, but she leaves her Grand Daughter alone with a naked Scot whom she had shot but is now nursing back to health? REALLY?!? Then he takes her hostage for money that was stolen/given by a daft man. Okay, I can buy that, but then the girl who is kidnapped tells people she is there in duress and no one believes her... okay and her Grandmother doesn't seem overly concerned by the predicament her Unmarried Grand-Daughter is in?!? Two weeks in the highlanders castle with no chaperone? REALLY??? REALLY???? You judge for yourself. Oh and one last thing... The way the Narrator does most of the book is great, but the way she say's "Mamie" makes me grind my teeth! She is always winey and it gets annoying. Then the Big reveal... well I won't spoil it for you. There is a HEA BUT there is a whole lot left unanswered.
The cat is worth the price of a credit, a great story just adds icing on a lovely cake! Listen, laugh and prepare to fall in Love!
I was interested in the historical aspects of the book, but I think it may try to hard to prove to you how rough life was for the heroine of the book. Unfortunately, while I HONESTLY believe that the woman had a rough life, it doesn't come across in the book. She is almost always treated with honor and dignity, which the book tries very hard to disprove. IDK, maybe it's me, but I think it just beats you too much with some of the details. I enjoyed learning about Mary Todd Lincoln and her dress maker, but the details don't feel fleshed out, but the part that IS fleshed out, ad naseum, is the everyday life, which tries too hard to add details that are boring or irrelevant.
I am not one who usually likes modern romances, but I fell head over heels for this one! It was so much fun and there were some great LOL moments. I could relate to all the characters and I really like them and I was engaged the entire story. I was emotionally invested by the end,. I adore the paranormal portions of the book, it would have been better if there was a little more of that, but as it was, it fit beautifully into the story. It was fun!!!!!!!!
As long as you don't mind the story being a bit detached, it is a very good book, but I feel like there are HUGE portions of the story that I am missing. I went back 3 times and tried to listen, and I don't know if I drifted or what happened, but I still have no idea about what happens when someone gets shoved down a privy hole. I also don't quite understand much of the action or the reasoning behind it. For instance, there is a scene when the Hero si trying to break up a mob, the mob listens to him and disperses, but then the hero is in a life and death struggle to save his life from his liege lord who wants to have him killed. WHAT? WHY? It makes no sense to me! Maybe it's me. The parts that I get I loved, I just wished that I could follow the entire story. The old English is not the only struggle here.
ugh, I'm so glad this book us over! ugh! no means no even if your god tells you it means yes. ugh!
I seriously WANTED to like this book. I love Julia Quinn, I love the Smythe-Smith Musicals but this book -the whole premise - is so utterly BAD! Iris, the Heroine, spends more time tripping and falling in this book than anything else. UGH! The whole story is a twist on the Beauty and the Beast story, only the beast is the unattractive girl. The Heroine has really nothing particularly likable about her, the Hero... YIKES, he is a total D.H. (and I don't mean Dear Husband) He marries her quickly because she is plain (ugly) and doesn't have much of a dowry so she won't make much of a fuss. Then -- He uses her (Spoiler alert! Stop reading here if you REALLY want to sit through this book) -- because he discovers his unmarried, virgin sister is pregnant, and he wants her to claim the child as theirs. Of course, the sister is not up for this plan. Poor plain Iris... She is milk toast and bland and barely stands up for herself. She thinks her husband finds her unattractive (and really...) but apparently she grows on him (like a fungus) and he discovers he is in love with the poor beast. It's really really dreadful. The Narrator does a wonderful job, as always, but UGH! Not Ms. Quinn's best work to say the least. I would recommend skipping this one.
I had expected a version of the Dickens story, but this turned out to be a horrible mishmash of people talking about the story (often over top one another). It was weird and difficult to listen to. There was also some strange and distracting "mood music" in the background that made it even more difficult to understand. I am WHOLLY disappointed!
It's true, I am head over heels in love with this book, the characters and the story!!! I want more! LOVE IT! OMG!
The first book was good, but this one just BLOWS ME AWAY!
The narration is wonderful and the story, well it's almost 3 am, and I just somehow decided that to justify continuing to listen, I had to cook. Now, one steaming pot of fresh chicken noodle soup later (homemade including cooking the chicken) I am now trying to find something else to justify my late night - and my run-on sentences, but WOW! Good book!!!!
This book tries really hard to be dystopic but they take normal words like "Child" and makes it into "childlings" which is somehow supposed to make us believe that society is that far away from our reality that it changes the venacular. Sigh...
There is also the problem with believing that these people can do magic, but then there are people who prefer not to do magic and want to live without it (WHY?) and then there is the whole problem with re-writing history and making the founding fathers magicians... Double sigh....
There are a whole lot of holes in the plot and even if you can suspend your disbelief, you still have to get through the book, which is alright, but not wonderful or transforming. I woud say it would be wonderful for a 7th grader. No major love interest or plot twists except that it is a BIG DEAL that she is the 13th child, until suddenly it isn't... IDK
This was a very good book that focused on a retired police officer who is taunted by a serial killer who gets his kicks from killing random people. The only major criticizm that I have is that the narrator ALWAYS makes women sound like brainless air-heads who take a little too long to speak. That bothered me a little, one of the major players was named Holly, which is also my name, so I hated for her to sound so out of it, but all in all it was a very good listen. It was intriguing, but not scary, IMO, like some of the old S. King stuff was. This is a thinking book and it does have the potential to seem very real, which is scary in a different way. I liked it a lot and I recommend it, but it isn't a "sleep with the lights on" kind of scary.
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