USA Today best-selling author and Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award-winner Linda Needham has crafted a sumptuous historical novel.
©2002 Linda Needham; (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC
"Through tight plotting and dynamic characterizations, Needham...portrays the plight of the 12th-century female in this sweet yet simple offering....This breezy romance is full of charm, verve and lovable characters." (Publishers Weekly)
I'm pretty easy to please and I decided to give this book a try. I wish I hadn't.
The "heroine" is shrewish, hateful, absolutely devoid of logic. What few good qualities she has are used to undermine an underdeveloped and pathetic hero, who despite having many wonderful qualities suffers greatly from seeming to be stupid and blind. It is completely unreasonable to accept that he would actually fall in love with her and unlikely that a reader would like how emasculated he is.
Also, while the book was a torture by itself, I think it suffers further at the hands of a narrator who is at turns grating and sycophantic, making the characters even harder to like.
I would not recommmend this book to anyone who is interested in nobility or consistency in their characters and I would advise caution with purchase of this author. I know I'm completely turned off myself.
It was difficult to get through the whole thing. Her voice didn't change much with the characters & grated as the children's voices. The ending was ridiculous and frankly I skipped to the end because I couldn't take it anymore!
I am very sorry I wasted a credit on this "book." This was more like a sketch - characters were lightly drawn and the entire story consisted of one confrontations scene that the author kept repeating at different times of day and in different places. The male lead character was a lummox - his dialogue consisted mostly of repeating the sentence just stated by the female lead character. The female character was indistguishable from the female lead of dozens of other romances. Ick. Hated it.
I agree with the other "Heather" who reviewed this book. i was unhappy with the ending, i expected something different. I enjoy the two part longer books as they are more worth the money. i am finding the shorter books are rushed with too much happening and not enough on the love story.
I am one that likes romance and challenge so if you like a long romance that frustrates you by the decisions of the two involved you might like this book, although I must say that I did not like the end not that it was a bad ending but that it was frustrating to me the hero seemed week and giving in and the heroine seemed to be unwavering when it was wrong. I didn't like the ending at all, with that said you may not like this book because of that, but over all I really enjoyed this read in three days while gardening with my ipod I finished it so I hope if you are in the mood for a long read that is a little frustrating at the end, enjoy
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