I see why this book is so widely renowned. Patricia Gaffney is an awesome writer. I was weary in the beginning because I don't really like it when theI see why this book is so widely renowned. Patricia Gaffney is an awesome writer. I was weary in the beginning because I don't really like it when the heroine goes through too much pain. Spending ten years of her life in jail and coming out looking starved and haggard was not my idea of a good start to a romance. I'm not a reader that really likes tear jerkers and I guess I lean more to a lighter kind of fun loving read. At the time I started this book I wasn't really in a happy place so to speak and I was thinking that this book was way too depressing for my state of mine, but with Patricia Gaffney's eloquent prose I found myself moving on to the next page and then another because I wanted to find out more about this heroine that had such a hard and sad life. I wanted to see her overcome her demons and fall in love and get her HEA even though she wasn't my favorite type of love interest.
I am so happy that I stuck with it and read this book. The hero is not a hero in the beginning. He was a selfish predator who took advantage of the heroine's plight. In other words, he was drawn uniquely as a human with flaws and weaknesses so deep that you despair of his redemption. But in the end his journey with the heroine redeemed him and made him a better man. And isn't that what it's all about??
Kudos to PG for helping me step out of my comfort zone and still enjoy this book. Not many authors could have done that. The only reason why I didn't give this a five star rating is because it took too long to come to it's conclusion. It dragged on a little too much and could have come to an end a bit sooner, but don't miss this book in your reading venture. It's a classic and definitely lives up to the hype. ...more
I couldn't finish this. It was boring. It took too long for things to pick up. The pace was horrible. The hero and heroine didn't meet until like 30%I couldn't finish this. It was boring. It took too long for things to pick up. The pace was horrible. The hero and heroine didn't meet until like 30% and the fact that she suspected him of killing his wife and couldn't stand his guts didn't give me hope. I don't even know how that mysterious guy she met in the beginning in the forest is going to play into the story, but I honestly don't care because I lost interest. I'd rather read other readers reviews and find out. Sad, I know. ...more