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1.0 out of 5 starsTired of all the tears
Reviewed in the United States on April 29, 2020
Lily constantly "tears" up over nothing. I skimmed to the end. I couldn't take the tears It will be a long time before I pick up a book by M.A.Nichs
I read this book on KU. I had really been looking forward to this book, and actually stayed up half the night to finish it. Unfortunately, it left me flat. The h spent 95% of the story bursting into tears. I get that she was one of those extremely sensitive souls, but c'mon! Crying at every little thing makes it hard to know if you're really hurting or just being silly! The H was the silent, taciturn type. He really had issues with communicating. I wanted to yell at him, "just open your mouth, for goodness' sake!" Finally, his reticence was explained near the very end, but it was frustrating for him not to say more than two words together half the time, and yet expect the h to understand his feelings. Was she supposed to be a mind reader?! Anyway, the writing is great, cohesive and tight, but the plot didn't do it for me. I generally love this author's books, but the last two installments have been a let down. Nevertheless, I'll read the next one about Lucas, the h's cousin. Here's hoping it's up to M. C. Nichols' usual standards.
Lily is almost 30, a little on the chubby side and has no marriage prospects in sight. All she wants is one kiss and she’ll be fine as a spinster. So, she has a plan but, unfortunately, it doesn’t work out quite right. She now has a fiancé, Jack, who insists they marry. You would think that this is every Victorian era woman’s dream. But, not so much. That’s what makes the romance so good-not your typical VR.
I really liked the characters in this book. Strong-willed female and seemingly reluctant male, but no one is as they seem. I loved the interaction between the characters and how their personalities moved and drove the story. This is one of those stories where, at the end, I wished for more. The epilogue was not enough.
So many good reviews. Alas, who are these reviewers? As The World Turns didn’t have as many unlikable characters, with as much hyped up drama to deal with, as the ones in this book. It wasn’t that the book didn’t follow a prescribed romance formula by adhering to a story rife with misunderstandings and unrealized personal psychological issues - because it did that quite well. But in the process of doing that, the author created characters so damaged, frustrating, and often unlikeable that you couldn’t possibly accept, or enjoy, their contrived happy ending.
Nearly 75 percent of the book had to go by before you realized that this was simply a bad Russian novel in disguise - and then WHAM, it switched gears between yes, no, and maybe several times during the next 15 percent before saying “Ha! Just joking...these people were just playing with themselves and each other, so don’t worry - all is happy and fine. Bah.
I had to skip read through half of the book’s repetitive and unimaginative plot. Sorry, no accolades. I prefer novels that give me seriously problematic characters that don’t suddenly get well without many years of modern therapy, or perhaps not at all. Or characters who are obviously strong and resilient enough to deal with life’s problems and by doing so engage me into rooting for them through their struggles. This book offered me neither scenario.
Reviewed in the United States on November 28, 2020
I finally finished this! Wow. I definitely won't be looking for another book by this author. This was the most boring 'non-courtship' EVER. I never really figured out what exactly was wrong with the heroine that people considered her 'invisible.' And her physical attributes also left me wondering. Was she overweight or just a tall, big-boned girl? The descriptions were odd. Her constant tearing up also got old, fast. The hero was a wealthy merchant but apparently totally inarticulate. I didn't care for the main characters...actually ANY of the characters. The whole story was just flat and uninteresting.
This book is an outstanding addition to the genre. It’s vibrant and new and bright and I loved it, read it in line waiting for a meal. Read it while waiting in a shoe shop. Snatched some time in the car to read it, reading this book came before getting meals ready. WHat can I say, the characters shone, the plot was fun and fragile feelings were bolstered and hurt. Good drama, excellent back story, made me smile smile smile.
I started reading this after breakfast, and kept coming back to it all day until I finally finished it just before tea (the evening meal in our family). It is warm and human and full of complex rounded characters and attractive protagonists with real flaws they struggle to overcome. It is not concerned with the nobility, rather the middle class, more and less wealthy, and also talks about charity for the poor individually and in larger projects. I thoroughly recommend this book to all romance lovers.
It seems Jack is emotionally stunted, but his past life has trained him to keep his thoughts and feelings to hi wmself, which can handicap a man in his attempts at wooing. He's in luck with Lily. This is a quiet story, but not overloaded with rambling thoughts of the characters. Very good read.