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3.0 out of 5 starsOkay read for Historical Fiction lovers
Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2021
I absolutely loved Corina Bomann's book "The Moonlight Garden". and overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this one as well. Set in early 1900s Sweden, Agneta Lejongård is forced to leave her modern lifestyle behind after a deadly accident leaves her in charge of her family's noble estate. "The Inheritance of Lion Hall" brings the reader into battle, with the wills of modern Agneta and her traditional mother Stella, with the world on the verge of The Great War.
Overall, I would give this book 3 stars. While I loved this book, the last 25% of it felt so rushed, I wish that it had been expanded on. The story line with Max felt like a cliffhanger, and as if he was cut out of the book and became an afterthought. Despite this, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in historical fiction.
I won this book. And started reading it and have so much enjoyed it. Part 1 - She was born an aristocrat, Agneta didn't want that kind of life. She wanted her freedom to be someone different and live her own life. But it all changed when her father and brother died. Part 2 - She was now a Countess of a large estate. And had to live a different life so she hired Max to help her. She fell in love and thought he loved her. But he had secrets so he left. And I will let you read this rest.
3.0 out of 5 starsA kind of high-class Harlequin Romance
Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2021
The writing (translation) was OK but the only thing relatively unique about this story was that it was set in Sweden. Otherwise, it's the same old same old. I am not a Romance reader, but this is what this book seemed like. She was strong and fierce and a suffragette! But on the other hand, she was a bundle of nerves and tears. She was whip-smart and ran a huge estate and dealt with sexist men and a steely-cold mother - but - couldn't figure out the two totally unsuitable men she got involved with. And even after having to deal with a serious situation with one of her employees, she let herself get into the same situation. What? I gave it three stars because the story was compelling and the writing was good. But I don't see the main character as any kind of "hero." I felt like I had just eaten a bowl of whipped cream.
Ah though it is a historical romance over many generations. The book examines Swedish culture and the lives above and below stairs of the aristocracy in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. It is also a passionate and engaging read.