I really wanted to enjoy this book. I tore through it at a ravenous pace, which is more to say for most books I've read recently. I was in love with tI really wanted to enjoy this book. I tore through it at a ravenous pace, which is more to say for most books I've read recently. I was in love with the hero. I thought the heroine had pluck and spirit. Unfortunately, after the third large misunderstanding between this couple, I just couldn't stand it anymore. I was hoping that they would learn how to communicate, since they seemed very much in love, and yet, they fell back on the same 'bad habits' that they both had at the beginning of the book. Overall, this was an entertaining read of a love that survives against all odds. The story was well written, the dialogue was not forced, the story line was initially believable, it had many great points; it just had a few too many negative ones as well. Not a favorite, but not the worst romance novel I've ever read, either....more
Jeanne Kalogridis gives a unique outlook on Cathrine De Medici, Queen of France, among other titles. I knew next to nothing concerning the history ofJeanne Kalogridis gives a unique outlook on Cathrine De Medici, Queen of France, among other titles. I knew next to nothing concerning the history of this woman, so everything I read was new to me. Obviously the book is fiction, and is written as such, but in the same token, sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.
I enjoyed this book because Ms. Kalogridis wrote unapologetically about the ruthless woman that controlled France for so many years. She threw in a bit of intrigue, a smidge of the dark arts, a few historical figures, and a tale was woven, that for me, was hard to put down.
This was my first book by this author, but I will definitely be checking out her others....more
I have always enjoyed Stephanie Laurens' novels, especially her Cynster series. With that being said, this was definitely not one of my favorites. ItI have always enjoyed Stephanie Laurens' novels, especially her Cynster series. With that being said, this was definitely not one of my favorites. It seemed to lack the usually depth and humor of her previous books. It seems like there was too much filler and not enough of the story line moving forward in an enjoyable manner. The characters are both very likable, and the storyline had an interesting premise. I wish she had put a little more work into the story....more
This book was a heartbreaking account, told through the eyes of an eight year old, about the abuse and neglect that she and her sister go through afteThis book was a heartbreaking account, told through the eyes of an eight year old, about the abuse and neglect that she and her sister go through after her father dies. Her emotionally distant mother marries an physically/mentally/sexually abusive man who begins to torment Caroline and her sister Emma.
The tale told is different from many mainstream novels, as it is told from a child's point of view. The things that these girls go through are hard to stomach sometimes. The inability to protect themselves or be protected by a caring adult is frustrating. There are points when you believe the book is going to end on a good note, and then you are hit one more time with reality. The book doesn't sugarcoat anything, including Caroline's personality as it plummets from hopeful to hateful, an emotion that an eight year old should never have to feel.
Overall, this was an interesting and quick read. I have mixed emotions about recommending it for everyone, but I do recommend it if you are looking for a quick, heavy read, that will make you sit up and think....more
This book was a pleasant surprise. The premise of the story concerns a small family of three sisters and a brother who are rescued from poverty by a fThis book was a pleasant surprise. The premise of the story concerns a small family of three sisters and a brother who are rescued from poverty by a fortuitous death in the family, and distant family ties, that turn their brother into an earl overnight. All three sister's are marriageable, one being a widow with a mind of her own. Of course, the viscount that delivered the good news take an almost instant dislike to eachother, and sparks fly throughout the book between them, before and after they decide to marry for convenience.
Ms. Balogh has a talent for writing in a way that keeps you involved in the story. Surprisingly, this wasn't just a piece of fluff that I could just page through mindlessly. I had to concentrate to read this story. She does throw in some mystery, and supporting characters abound. I grew to dislike Margaret, the oldest sister, as she seemed selfish even as she was sacrificing for her family. I was tired of her woe is me outlook on life. Last but not least, my interest was piqued from the second we first meet Con; he is enough to keep me interested in reading the rest of the series.
Overall, it was a pleasant book, one I would reccomend to people who enjoy regency era romances....more