All that is left of Bolingbroke Castle in Lincolnshire
★★★★✩ If you want the ambience of the Medieval Ages, with all its swashbuckling, pageantry and...more All that is left of Bolingbroke Castle in Lincolnshire
★★★★✩ If you want the ambience of the Medieval Ages, with all its swashbuckling, pageantry and brutality, as well as a historical with a good plotline, plenty of twists and a bit of a “tongue-in-cheek” nod to an oft told – but great – legend, then this is the book for you. Ms. Canham is the master at writing these scenes and her books are obviously well researched.
Through a Dark Mist is her salute to Robin Hood; consequently, she dubbed the series by the same moniker. This is the first in her marvelous trilogy; a wonderful blend of all those things, plus a sensuous romance. But don’t expect Robin to show up in this one. He doesn’t. Not sure when he does, but I believe that is part of the surprise in this wonderful tale of old.
That doesn’t mean this novel isn’t without its faults. Though written in 1991, and far enough out of the eighties for me to shake my head, it had a couple of “old school” man/woman relationship scenes that would not have appeared in a book written nowadays. Not when they were courting sparing – those were great; the dialogue witty, the humor spot-on. I refer to when the hero and heroine were in the zenith of their denial for an attraction they each felt. Not to say that the interaction should feel like the new millennium; but, certainly the dynamics should not be mid-twentieth century. Nevertheless, elsewhere the ambience of the book, from the vernacular, to the weapons, to the “texture” of the book, made me feel transported to that era. The violence also got a bit too graphic for me. (Having just finished book #4 in the A Song of Fire and Ice series, I was maxed out in that arena, otherwise I think I could have handled it.) Even so, it was a ruthless time and – man-oh-man! – can Ms. Canham write a swashbuckler of an action scene. And a steamy love scene. (view spoiler)[(hide spoiler)] I’ll definitely be continuing with the series. After I read some fluff. Or maybe those love scenes again. ☺
Note: A few of us in the Nothing But Reading Challenged Group did a “buddy read” of this book for September, 2011, taking turns posting brief discussion questions. At the beginning we posted a glossary of “Words We Admit We Looked Up” which might help, since there are pictures of some of the medieval items found in this book. Here’s the link: NBRC “Buddy Read” of TaDM.
★★★★✩ Finally finished reading this book. Between the delay of starting it (it was BOM for one of my groups), the lure of other books calling my name,...more★★★★✩ Finally finished reading this book. Between the delay of starting it (it was BOM for one of my groups), the lure of other books calling my name, and then a lingering cold, that in itself is amazing, LOL!
I liked this story. I used to only want to read about innocent young ladies and Lottie was fun to read about. The poker info was presented in such a way as to hold my interest, but not too overpowering for someone who doesn't care that much about cards. I enjoyed the scenes between Dyer and Lottie - the chemistry sizzled - a fun read and worth my time.
Beautiful pictures of Isle of Skye. I think the there is something about the lighting in that part of the world.
★★★½☆ (This is a review of the audioboo...moreBeautiful pictures of Isle of Skye. I think the there is something about the lighting in that part of the world.
★★★½☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Hmmm. I don’t know about this one. Several of the people I did a “buddy read” with in the GoodReads Western and Medieval Romance Lovers Group LOVED this highland romance (with several 5★); however, they read it while I listened. I certainly had to get used to Robert McNab’s narration. He did great job on the men. Nevertheless, since he has a deep baritone, he made Christine’s voice a falsetto; this made her sound even younger and more immature than she probably was in the book. (Though the age difference between the hero/heroine is greater than a decade; also, Tor, the hero, has been married before and has children well on their way to adulthood. She has been quite sheltered.) In addition, the love scenes are pretty explicit (the H/h get a little playful, too); I’ve found not just any male can read those scenes to me.
There were things I LOVED (view spoiler)[(but not as much as this author’s MacLeods of Skye Trilogy) (hide spoiler)] -- and things that made me wrinkle up my nose. Some of the sentences Ms. McCarty writes are wonderful; others are repetitious. A few of the set-ups, and the dialogues that follow, had me going WTH? For example, Christine’s father forces her into to Tor’s bed to cement an alliance (huh?). The father’s reasoning was the biggest hurdle for me to overcome. I know marriage alliances were important, but what about when they were only one-sided? Later, when Christine goes back to rehash with her sister the disaster that took place in his room, this the interchange:
“I told you what he said. He doesn’t want to marry me.”
Beatrix cupped the side of her face in her hand and gave her an indulgent smile, looking more like a mother than a sister. “He’s angry. Give him time to think. He’ll see that you had nothing to do with our father’s trickery and do what is right.”
WTH? How is he going to know this when she did agree to slip into his bed, though only to spare her sister. That, and she was too naïve to realize the depth of her father’s deception (view spoiler)[he was supposed to burst into the solar in time to prevent anything from going too far (hide spoiler)], not to mention Tor’s desire: he walks around with a hard cock a lot and isn’t ashamed who sees it, LOL! (view spoiler)[Even if it has virgin’s blood on this impressive apendage. Also, I find it hard to believe that a young girl, who is almost brutally rape earlier that evening, finds lust in her soul when she crawls into bed with him. (hide spoiler)]
Luckily, another carrot is dangled in front of Tor as a marriage inducement; otherwise we might never have our HEA.
Still, maybe I’m being too harsh, because I’m sure I’ll continue with the series. However, I don’t know if it will be on audio. Maybe.
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[image error] ★★★★☆ This is a nice escapist story combining time travel and the Old West that happened to be Western & Medieval Romance Lovers’ BOM...more[image error] ★★★★☆ This is a nice escapist story combining time travel and the Old West that happened to be Western & Medieval Romance Lovers’ BOM for March, 2013. Since I had already bought it, I was looking forward to it and it didn’t disappoint.
I liked Jake and Rachel – and her nephews – and their adventures. Of course, the “wagon train” setting is one of my favs. I also liked that Jake had a chance to correct his course in life and “cowboy-upped,” so to speak.
Sure, there was some question with regard to the whole “time-travel/butterfly-future effect” – and it flitted through my mind at the end – but that isn’t exactly why I was reading the book.
I’ll certainly read more by this author. While I didn't gobble it down in one bite, but enjoyed it each morning for about a week, I could tell she’s got that certain “something-something” that comes across on the page.(less)