Ok. Well I have two issues with this book. The first one is a little less insurmountable, I think, and it's the squick factor that was added to one ofOk. Well I have two issues with this book. The first one is a little less insurmountable, I think, and it's the squick factor that was added to one of my favorite book romances ever. Like, ok, love conquers all and stuff, but was that really necessary? Really?
The other issue I have with it is that it's not terribly... plot-heavy. There's not a lot... going on. Ugh, it's kinda boring, guys. Like, almost Austen-esque in that you read like a hundred pages, just to realize nothing really happened.
A fairly painless read, but not a terribly riveting one.
Probably my least favorite LMB to date. :/
All that being said, when I reread it (which I will do at some point), I'll probably realize it wasn't THAT bad....more
The prose and setting were dreamy and beautiful, and Gloria was a fun, fleshed-out character with quirks and stuff that made her irrational and flawedThe prose and setting were dreamy and beautiful, and Gloria was a fun, fleshed-out character with quirks and stuff that made her irrational and flawed. I LOVE that I can actually remember her name; my pet peeve is books with a first-person POV where I don't remember the narrator's name afterward.
However, I felt like the plot wasn't very developed. I feel like there was a moment at the beginning that foreshadowed some Big Conflict with the Coal Coalition/Sol Coalition thing, but that conflict was neither a) explained very much nor b) important to the plot. The Sol Coalition's side was talked about a little, in simplistic, naive, "hey we should love Mother Nature" terms, but there was never any expositional/informative discussion in which the Coal Coalition's side was explained. It was only, "they like money."...more
Why oh why do all Persuasion updates just make me want to read Persuasion again? How many times have I read it, now? Like a million or so?
Anyway, thisWhy oh why do all Persuasion updates just make me want to read Persuasion again? How many times have I read it, now? Like a million or so?
Anyway, this one was actually really good. I liked the names-- it's so fun to see how authors update them. Admiral Croft turns into Adam Crawford, Captain Benwick turns into Ben Wick -- love it. And I liked how Elliot's family kind of found redemption at the end-- I think modern sensibilities like for our families to come together eventually. (Austen, of course, was a heartless satirist -- her evil-ish empty-headed twits STAYED evil-ish empty-headed twits, thank you very much (Lydia Bennett, anyone?).)
I thought the wedding planner thing was a really good idea, and a great way for Elliot to shine-- even though she's brilliantly competent, it's easy for her family to underrate her. Especially since, by nature, event coordinators attract the least attention when they're doing the best at their jobs.
Admittedly, there were some obnoxious "just say something to avoid this horrible misunderstanding!" moments near the end, but they were based directly on the source material, so (of course) they get a pass.
Overall, it was a super cute, super fun and fluffy read....more