I wrote it. The adaptation I wrote was awarded a $30,000 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting (presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and ScieI wrote it. The adaptation I wrote was awarded a $30,000 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting (presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). I hope I can be forgiven for giving it loving it, and freely admit I am beyond prejudiced. And of course, ymmv!...more
Almost finished (and wishing I already were). It's not awful, but it's not great. I guess I'm agreeing with the general thoughts since it has a 3-starAlmost finished (and wishing I already were). It's not awful, but it's not great. I guess I'm agreeing with the general thoughts since it has a 3-star rating here.
ETA: Okay, I see I was reading this book? I don't even remember this book. If anything, I assumed it was on my TBR pile. So... I guess that tells us as much as we need to know about my impression. Ooops.
I think it's safe to say I finished it (because I'm sure I must have) and call 'er done....more
**spoiler alert** This is an audiobook. I had around ten to choose from on audible and went with this reader, Amanda Root, because she has a young voi**spoiler alert** This is an audiobook. I had around ten to choose from on audible and went with this reader, Amanda Root, because she has a young voice and Jane Eyre is a young character. Only a few minutes in, I'm approving of my choice.
I either read Jane Eyre in high school, or pretended to read it. I only recall not liking it. So, I'm giving it another shot. Let's see how this works out!
I can see why I didn't find it as romantic as some of my friends in high school. I was shallow, what can I say? I didn't see anything wonderful about Mr Rochester, and I certainly didn't see anything wonderful about her going to take care of him after his injuries. I have only the vaguest memories of it which may be because I was ill during that year and missed a lot of school. So I may have simply skived off on this one. OTOH, I don't retain much when I don't like something so it's possible I read every word and forgot it as soon as the essay was written/test was taken. What I do recall specifically is the book being discussed in class.
Okay, so this time around? Great book. I understand it now, and how compelling a love story it is. Jane is so strong, and stands up for what she believes in. Rochester is just a cross, crotchety marvel, and I love their dialogue and their relationship.
When I was drawing to the close, she was approaching his home where he'd hidden away, I couldn't see how there could be so much left. It seemed like this had to be the end, and what was going to happen to draw it out so much longer? (The problem with being a writer, I suppose, looking at pace and wondering if it would drag and get tedious before the final amen, so to speak, and I say that w/o intending to reflect upon the religious nature of the final amen, so to speak, ahem.)
But it was perfect. To see that he was still the same Rochester, still the same cross, crotchety marvel, and that she was still the strong Jane that knew exactly how to handle him--and to see the chemistry between them--was necessary, and part of what makes this book so grand.
I picked this up (or rather, downloaded it to my Kindle) because I noticed it was nominated for a Rita this year for Best Regency Romance and was franI picked this up (or rather, downloaded it to my Kindle) because I noticed it was nominated for a Rita this year for Best Regency Romance and was frankly simply curious. The story was strong and the hero and heroine both had to grow and change. I like that the hero was very much of his time and had the prejudices and expectations of a man of his position. ...more
I bought this in its original form [the original Fabio cover with only the hero and no heroine] and thought it one of the most stunning romances I'd rI bought this in its original form [the original Fabio cover with only the hero and no heroine] and thought it one of the most stunning romances I'd read. My opinion hasn't changed.
The heroine is a Quaker, a "thee-thou" girl who stands by her convictions throughout. The hero is a disreputable rake (aren't they all?) who suffers a stroke at the beginning of the book, and whose inability to communicate (and rage and horror and terror at being locked up as a lunatic) becomes the driving force of the book's narrative.
These are not your stock characters, nor is the story run of the mill. Instead, beloved genre tropes are embraced but turned inside out and the result is one of historical romances masterpieces.
I just listened to the audiobook, for which Laura handpicked the reader. She did a magnificent job, as did Nicholas Boulton as narrator. Highly recommended....more
I'm so glad this has been released again, as I wasn't reading Regency romance at the time it was originally published. While this isn't a steamy/sexyI'm so glad this has been released again, as I wasn't reading Regency romance at the time it was originally published. While this isn't a steamy/sexy romance, it's charming and Heyer-esque with numerous couples with twining plot lines. A fun read, romantic and lovely....more
I downloaded the e-sample from Amazon because I saw that this was about a woman who seeks solace and healing in a cottage in Cornwall after an emotionI downloaded the e-sample from Amazon because I saw that this was about a woman who seeks solace and healing in a cottage in Cornwall after an emotionally devastating divorce. Frankly, all I wanted was the Cornwall experience. So when I started reading and it started off as an LA/Hollywood/media frenzy story, it didn't grab me, nor did the heroine's early life on a ranch in Wyoming. None of this was the vibe I'm looking for.
Fortunately the story got to Cornwall just before the sample ended. I was still on the fence because I wasn't really feeling the atmosphere... but I went ahead and bought the book. So far I'm glad I did because the Cornish atmosphere really began to feel real to me right after that.
So, here I am, reading. Will let you know what I think when I get to the other end!
[I think from something I read after downloading that this might be a time-travel romance. Will change my labeling/shelving if I'm wrong on that.]
So, I finished it. This is a nice read. I enjoyed it on many levels. Of course, as I mentioned, it was set in Cornwall so already it had my attention. The way the plot threads all wove together at the end was clever and believable, and I really enjoyed the excerpt from the travel guide as a way of letting us know what happened after the end of the book. It was fun and satisfying.
My only real issue here were the many Wyoming/western slogans that often disrupted the flow of the story for me. They didn't feel natural to the character, and it was interesting to me that the British dialogue flowed more believably than the western for me, coming from an American author.
All in all, a charming book that I enjoyed reading....more
I recall liking this, I am pretty sure. I'm currently listening to it again because it was mentioned as this month's read on Smart Bitches, Trashy BooI recall liking this, I am pretty sure. I'm currently listening to it again because it was mentioned as this month's read on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. With that jog of my memory I decided to relisten because I need to fill my head with as much English period goodness as possible during my current rewrite....more
Started as a free sample download and before I completed the sample, I was ready to buy!
~~~~~~~ The second book in the Rebellious Sons series.
It's chStarted as a free sample download and before I completed the sample, I was ready to buy!
~~~~~~~ The second book in the Rebellious Sons series.
It's charming and romantic, a great escape. I love the various characters, some from the first book and others new, and I am particularly interested to see what becomes of Richard in later books, perhaps...? Richard and his mother (the heroine's brother and mother) are fascinating characters and, especially as they both seem to have Asperger's Syndrome. This is handled with affection and care, and they bring both delight and concern to the story, and the relationship between Jocelyn and Blake.
All in all, very nicely done. I look forward to the next in the series!...more
This is one of those cases where the star rating is based on my memory of how much pleasure the book gave me when I read it as a young girl. Not sureThis is one of those cases where the star rating is based on my memory of how much pleasure the book gave me when I read it as a young girl. Not sure how it holds up to contemporary scrutiny.
Having just reread this book to see how it holds up I have this to say about it. The writing style is pedestrian. This is evidently Victoria Holt's first book and I will be curious to see if the style improves.
However, I still like the story a lot. The characters, setting, menace, use of location, plot twists are all pretty solid. I loved the little girls, Alvean and Gilly. I'm glad I reread it and will look to reread some of her others. I won't change my rating for sentimental reasons but would probably give it three stars today....more
This reissue of a Regency romance is charming and a delight. The multiple romantic story lines and the wonderful assortment of characters ranging fromThis reissue of a Regency romance is charming and a delight. The multiple romantic story lines and the wonderful assortment of characters ranging from delicious to despicable make it a fun read. Rowena, the heiress who decided she'd rather be a companion than be married off to an unfortunate swain or be forced to live with chaperones in order to be socially acceptable, is a managing, efficient young woman who brooks nonsense from none, and I found her attempts to manage the chaos around her most entertaining.
If you love Regency romance, you'll love this one!...more
**spoiler alert** I actually loved a lot about Joanna Bourne's The Black Hawk.
The characterization was superb. I loved Hawker. I loved Owl. These char**spoiler alert** I actually loved a lot about Joanna Bourne's The Black Hawk.
The characterization was superb. I loved Hawker. I loved Owl. These characters were sensitively and exquisitely drawn. I sometimes ached for them. Both were children with horrid pasts who grew up scarred yet amazingly strong. She was French and he was English, and both were spies. They were enemies in love, and it worked on every level. This is romance at its finest.
I've sought out other reviews and every one I've read was written by someone who had read all of Bourne's previous books and has waited with great anticipation for Hawker's story. I wonder how much difference it makes that these reviewers opened the book already knowing Hawker at different periods in his life, had already fallen under the spell of his personality and the things he overcame, and entered the story with that knowledge.
Here's the way it worked for me. I had read one previous book and honestly, really liked it a lot, and honestly, remembered little about it when I opened this one. And when I opened this one, it worked. I didn't know Hawker's past, nor did I know Owl's. And from the earliest pages I was caught up in their story.
[Do you sense a "but" coming?]
This book is told through a series of flashbacks that were perfectly executed. I never got lost, and once I got into each time period (which didn't take long) I was caught up in the tensions and dramas of the moment. As a novel, this structure worked.
As a romance novel? Here is my "but" and I offer it knowing that few other reviewers have had this problem. I was never able to sink fully into the narrative of the story--despite how beautifully the relationship was drawn--because it was not told chronologically and did not give me the "romance novel" experience of a building tension that left me breathless, wondering what would happen next. I knew from the beginning what would happen next. They would survive to a certain age and position in London. "How" was a question, but I was robbed of much of the drama. When one flashback ended in what could be seen as an ultimate betrayal of one gravely injuring another, I was not left with the devastated individual dealing with the knowledge that their beloved would think it was done deliberately. I didn't suffer with the other who must have believed that very thing.
Instead, I was whisked back to the present.
It was only when I finished the book that I was able to put all of this in perspective, to understand how I could find the book so well-constructed and emotionally gripping, and yet feel distanced. It was because the very construction that on the one had worked, did not ever allow me to completed give myself over to the story and live through the characters.
I say this knowing that I am in the minority, and hoping I don't discourage anybody from reading this book. I do wonder if it would have been different, had I entered the book with the same deep background knowledge and affection for the characters as the typical romance reviewer.
As a novel I would give it 5 stars, meaning, I enjoyed the heck out of this book.
As a romance, I would give it 4, and since it was meant to be a romance I will have to stand by that rating.
But hey, if you like romance, read it and let me know what you think. It's a book worth reading....more