She whispered the whole book out. It was unfortunate because it ruined most fun parts. Maybe the author decided to pick this narrator to offset the more intense sex scenes in the book compared to the prior ones, but I disagree with the approach.
My biggest issue with this book is that I don't believe that the couple could forgive what they did to each other in real life. Over-dramatized breakup has its consequences and if I wanted to related to Hanna, the easy forgiveness she gives Marco spoils it for me.
Samantha is a great writer, I hope she keeps up the quality of her prior work (please!). Don't rush it!
If the author cut the last third of the book, this would have been a much better experience. The trial was just over-stretched, to the point that it really didn't matter what happened next, since the author showed an irreconcilable chasm between the heroines. Thus, the very last paragraph of the book did not make sense at all for me. It was not believable.
The constant whispering was making it difficult to hear the dialogue when outside.
I would really want to learn about Ian a bit more. I feel like there was so much more to his character that we didn't see. He almost acted as a secondary character.
Judith is a beautiful young English woman who has grown up with a verbally abusive uncle and indifferent mother. She stays loyal to her childhood friend who married in the Highlands and goes to her when she is about to give birth. She meets Ian McClean on the way, and throws him off with her sweet, tender manner yet strength to speak up and do the right thing, that he stands no chance :). The plot had many developments to keep you entertained until the very end. It was funny and sweet. My main issue with the story was that everything turned out too good to be true, in all respects, which took away the believability of the story.
I wanted to like this book because as soon as you start reading you see its beautiful prose and a plot that throws you into a murdered body and the male and female leads stranded in a cottage for the night. However, the story's pace decelerates and stays flat until the very end. I am also sorry to say but I KNEW who the murderer is from the time he first appeared in the book. The hints were so obvious that it completely ruined the suspense.
No. The narration was completely over the top.
This was another emotional roller coaster. Claire make another life-altering decision to leave her grown up daughter behind, albeit at the good hands of the Reverend's nephew and passes through the stones yet again to find Jamie, after discovering that he did not die at Culloden. The re-union is not what you would expect as Jamie's life in the past 20 years is slowly uncovered and their deepest fears and uncertainties are brought to life. Through their travels they get to know each other yet again and accept the consequences of their actions. This book has a great many new characters and transports you to places unknown.
Diana Gabaldon has easily landed on my top 3 authors of all time.
The very first chapter of the book was extremely emotional for me. Diana, as always, did a phenomenal job describing the pain, nostalgia, heart-ache and all these soul wrenching emotions Claire was going through, even after 20 years from their separation.
I found the structure of the book a bit unorthodox. The first part was very emotional but anchored you to the reality of the situation. Then the story continues with Claire and Jamie's adventure in Paris, trying to stop the rising from happening. Knowing the end, or thinking that you knew detracted part of the suspense. Having said that, the story telling was mesmerizing and their love stronger than the page before. Simply fantastic series.
Diana Gabaldon can transport you back in time with a stroke of beautifully shaped words in your imagination's canvas. The story starts with Claire and Frank's honeymoon in Scotland, after a 5 year separation during the world war two, when Claire served as an army nurse. They are trying to rediscover each other when Claire passes through a monument of stones and gets transported 200 years ago in the same area. That was the time leading to the Scottish uprising, lead by Bonnie Prince Charlie that resulted in the elimination of many Scottish clans. Claire's adventure is filled with dangerous situations, unfitting for a single woman that is suspected by both English and Scottish to be a spy. She develops a friendship with the outlaw Jamie Fraser and the friendship slowly builds into something strong beyond their wildest expectations.
The story does indeed include crude scenes to give the true feeling of that nearly "medieval" time. These are described in detail however, and as such do require an iron stomach. So be warned!
Now this is love that will last eons!
Aline's love for McKenna early on was captivatingly sweet.
The favorite scene was when Aline reveals why she pushed him away all these times. His reaction, which is not at all what she expected is sad, infuriating and funny all at once.
LK is one of my all time favorite authors. This book did not disappoint. However, it felt that the obstacles between them towards the end should have not been there, since they were self created by Aline. I found it even brutal at some point her refusal to him. Besides that, it was another great read.
The book really surprised me. The author's heavy religious view almost stopped me from listening it but I am glad I did so. It was beautifully written, did an excellent job transporting you to that era by describing the people of that day and age without stereotypes. This was a pure love story, if there is such a thing. The damaged heroine is saved by the devout Christian man who takes her under his wing and shows her what true love and commitment really are.
My main issue with this book IS really difficult to overcome though, despite the nice elements mentioned above: the hero has a love at first sight moment which is ok. His persistence to get her as his wife though, despite all odds and her refusal is attributed to one divine power. He even hears God telling him to pursue her. And throughout the book, no matter what she does to push him away, he persists because she is the "chosen" one. That for me really detracted from the purity of their love.
It was interesting to listen to a book written by someone who lived in that era and represented their idea of fun and entertainment.
The last scene when the carriage pulls away and the passengers see the couple kissing and their reaction, thinking both of them were men was quite funny.
Sutton did a great job with the narration. All the characters were distinct and believable.
I always thought Heyer was a romance author. The romance in this book is almost non existent! It felt that out of the blue, at the end, the two of them suddenly saw each other and fell in love. The signs leading up to that were so minute that it really was a surprise to hear his feelings suddenly unleashed.
Lachlains fight for self control while Emma got stronger after each hurdle was thoroughly entertaining.
The scene under the moonlight was the epitome of the story. I wish it was a bit longer but overall perfectly delivered,
The story was not overly infused with rules and definitions of the species,which made it an easy read, however the sheer number of characters became overwhelming towards the last chapters, I guess since this is a series, it makes sense to introduce more characters for the sequels, it was jaut a tiny bit much. Lachlan is a phenomenal character who redefines himself to get what he so desperately wants. His mate. The passion and desire described whee exhilarating.
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