This book was written in a fairytale semi-historic way that is so without depth that the individual characters can be summed up in the author's few wo..Show More »rds. Once these words are introduced, they are used ad nauseam. For aristocratic Ingham women: "lovely, kind, so gentle and caring", frosted with sweetness and aching heart's. (Who must pass the time of day thinking only of ballgowns.) Then the aristocratic men: "Devoted, entranced, so brave, so noble." This goo is topped with variations of: "What ever is wrong, my dear, lovely wife?" Often altered "my dear girl" or my personal favorite, "What ever can it be, my dear love?" In fairness, the last quote is altered to fit both genders, in all strata of society. If that weren't enough, the servants of the aristocrats – in this case the "Swann Family" are cursed with their own never ending phrases and heart aches. Though not nearly as pervasive as the aristocratic Ingham's. If I could run a word program choosing these words, and sickly sweet phrases, it might read in the hundreds. If you don't mind being bombarded with "My dear's" and characters whose lives center on the next ball or frock, you might enjoy it. Otherwise, run! You will never get those hours back.
I’ve said before that Barbara Taylor Bradford’s books are hit and miss, and while I would not go as far as to say this book was a complete miss, it wa..Show More »s far from being a hit.
Her books are light fare, not literary classics, and you have to approach them with the right attitude - I’d categorize it as a beach read. Don’t reach for this book if you want something deep and meaningful - it feels quite vacuous and there is little substance in the plots. In addition, it’s SOOOO tedious to read about what. everyone. is. wearing. all. the. time. GROAN… and was there any type of fabric in the 20s OTHER then Crêpe De Chine?? …and if incessant clothing tangents were not enough, we had to endure endless accessories tangents as well. VERY BORING!
Overall, I would have to say the story is good enough. If you’ve read Book 1 and are curious enough about the characters to know what they are up to 10 years later, then why not.
I was never so eager to finish a book! Sadly in this case, it’s not because it was good but rather because it was awful.
I have said in the p..Show More »ast that I consider Barbara Taylor Bradford’s books to be mostly “fluff” and that’s not a bad thing! Fluff most definitely has its place when you are in the right mood. But fluff or not, the most important thing is that: IT MUST BE INTERESTING!! This book was NOT.
Imagine bits of fruit cocktail suspended in Jell-O. That’s how I saw the story: little grains of potential frozen in place, mired in muck. Why did I keep listening until the end? Stubbornness I suppose.
Furthermore, the narrator’s tone in Book 3 got on my last nerve. Was she like this in the first 2 instalment? How could I have not noticed? It was like a granny reading a bedtime story to her little darlings… too sweet, always a little chuckle, borderline patronizing!