I’ve enjoyed all the books in this series but this one was definitely my least favorite.
The big obstacle for Helene and Dougal is his evil father who attempts to kill Helene. We learn that he beat Dougal and his brother as children and that he threatens to imprison or kill anyone who doesn’t abide by his wishes. Simply put, he’s awful.
The problem I have is with his change of heart when Dougal returns. We are supposed to believe that marriage to (an equally awful) woman changed him so completely that he is now a loving, generous person?!
I thought that Richard’s transition from villain to hero in book 4 was a bit unlikely but I was willing to suspend my disbelief (along with everyone’s acceptance of his changed persona) but this change is completely out of character and feels like clumsy writing. Did the author write herself into a corner and run out of ways to resolve Dougal and Helene’s problems?
This major plot point kept me from enjoying the end of the book but I look forward to reading book 6 to see if she can recapture the magic of earlier books in the series.