Ahhh! So many mixed feelings about this book :) I always loved the movie, so it was a dream of mine to eventually read the book. I am glad I got aroun...moreAhhh! So many mixed feelings about this book :) I always loved the movie, so it was a dream of mine to eventually read the book. I am glad I got around to it. It was definitely interesting to see where the movie stayed true to book and where it strayed. I would say I was generally pleased with how the movie handled the book.
Scarlett -- I really hate her character, but I don't fault Margaret Mitchell's writing or grade the book on whether I hate a character. If anything, she provided interest in the story :)
Rhett -- He is so despicable, but soooooooooo appealing at the same time. He is definitely an unforgettable character in literature. I found him utterly fascinating, and his passages in the book made its 1000+ pages go by more quickly.
The historical side of things -- I must say it was kind of hard to read this book at times with its portrayal of slaves and the South. Then again, it's a brutal time in the USA's history, so I can't fault the author for trying to capture sentiments of the era. I have to say I kept thinking of how weird it would be for someone to try to write a "politically-correct" version of Gone With the Wind while I was reading it. That, or a Disney-fied version. I started laughing when I thought how Disney would glorify/slaughter everything.
Anyway, I"m torn about what to rate the book. Part of me would give it 3 stars, but the Rhett-loving-crazy side of me would give it 5 stars. So, I'm settling for 4 stars to even it out.(less)
I chose to read this because I had learned it was Katie MacAlister's first novel she had ever published. The premise was also something near and dear...moreI chose to read this because I had learned it was Katie MacAlister's first novel she had ever published. The premise was also something near and dear to my heart -- women's suffrage around the turn of the century in England.
It was a refreshing read. Witty and intelligent. It always moves me to read about the women fighting for suffrage and what they had to endure. This novel was heart-warming, but still had glimpses into the difficult path that women faced during that time period.
I highly recommend this novel as an intriguing look into a long-forgotten time period in women's history. I only wish I could read the other novel that the back claimed Marthe was writing as a sequel. Unfortunately, the ISBN doesn't appear to exist when you look at the book in goodread's database. Oh well :((less)
3.5/5 stars. This wasn't a bad book. It kept my interest while listening to the audiobook at work.
I am not overly familiar with the historical time p...more3.5/5 stars. This wasn't a bad book. It kept my interest while listening to the audiobook at work.
I am not overly familiar with the historical time period that this book covers -- the War of the Roses between the Lancasters and the Yorks. I actually had to read a little on wikipedia before getting too far into the book to get a little background information. I really had to take the beginning slowly to understand all the different characters being introduced, but once I understood the basic history at the premise, the book was an easy read.
There were several things that bugged me about this book: - the book is written in present tense - there is a weird magic/witch angle with Elizabeth's mother that seemed like it was thrown into the book for ratings - as usual with Philippa Gregory's books, I have no idea how much of the book is historically acurate or completely b.s.
In the end, though, it was an interesting story. If you like this type of book, it's definitely worth checking out from the library at least :)(less)
This book was a lot of fun for me to read, especially since I recently read Jane Eyre. I found lots of parallels between the two books.
Edward (the her...moreThis book was a lot of fun for me to read, especially since I recently read Jane Eyre. I found lots of parallels between the two books.
Edward (the hero of the book and an Earl) is quite the quirky disagreeable angry sort like Rochester of Jane Eyre. Yet, he is also loving and cares deeply for Anna (the heroine). He first meets Anna when she is walking down the street and he falls off his horse, which he is quick to point out is undoubtedly entirely her fault. He has a dog that seems menacing at first, but is actually quite lovable. And, one of the other closest parallels, Edward discovers that while he was away Anna has taken up a post at his estate working for him unbeknownst to him.
That is pretty much where the similarities between Jane Eyre and The Raven Prince stop. Happily, I did love both books :)
There was lots of humor in this book. One spot that sticks out in mind is where the hero and 2 friends are wearing masks to sneak into a brothel so their identities will be protected. One of the hero's friends suggests that perhaps the dog accompanying them should be wearing a mask as well. hehehe. It just struck me as very funny and had me giggling at the thought. I know, I'm weird ;)
This is my first book by Elizabeth Hoyt, but it won't be my last. She had a nice writing style and some very steamy romantic sex scenes. I look forward to reading her next book :)(less)
If you're looking for anything historically accurate, this is not the book for you. This book is full of Katie MacAlister's token humor, but set in Re...moreIf you're looking for anything historically accurate, this is not the book for you. This book is full of Katie MacAlister's token humor, but set in Regency England as opposed to her typical modern day setting.
There were lots of laugh-out-loud moments in this book. The heroine had a way with setting things on fire and fussing over her husband's anatomy. Another reviewer compared her to I LOVE LUCY, and I think that was a good comparison.
I won't spoil it for you -- but there were a couple of really funny scenes that made this book. I recommend this if you like humor :)(less)
Ahhhhh.... Katie MacAlister's books never fail to make me laugh. And, this book was no exception. Parts of this book were hilarious!
Charlotte, the her...moreAhhhhh.... Katie MacAlister's books never fail to make me laugh. And, this book was no exception. Parts of this book were hilarious!
Charlotte, the heroine, was always mistaking one word for another in her ineloquent speeches. Codpieces with small animals... wives with pistols... explosions... the Vyvyan La Blue's Guide to Connubial Calisthenics... carpet beating antics... eye-patches befitting the finest kilts.