Many thanks to the Publisher & Netgalley for my copy, this is in exchange for an honestThe full review can be seen at Chocolate Chunky Munkie blog
Many thanks to the Publisher & Netgalley for my copy, this is in exchange for an honest review
This book started off so well, it had me gripped from the word go. The colourful scenery and the contrast in the characters was just breathtaking.
I know very little about the regency era, but there is certainly a contrast between the classes. The story follows several characters. The two main ones were Venetia, who is a strong female lead. Her life is tough, even in the decadent and rich surrounds. I had a lot of respect for how this character when faced with enormous challenges, held her own. It is very difficult for women of this age to stand up and be counted. Venetia was a true, courageous and strong lady.
Then the other character which was featured heavily in this book was Kitty. Kitty is a servant who is thrust out of the sleepy Kent village into the hustle and bustle of London. With Kitty we get to experience the more darker and squalid side to London. Showing that dangerous and murky side that the privileged Venetia doesn't get to experience.
I'm not hugely into interior design and could have possibly seen this as a hindrance to me enjoying the book, but the way the rich detail and decadence is woven into the story is really interesting. I could almost see and touch the fabrics.
My only little criticism is that there was one plot twist which I had already guessed. There was no oh my moment, which I really enjoy in a book.
I enjoyed the story and characters, the ending was a fast and exciting ride.
Yes I can whole heartily recommend this book and will definitely be looking out for more books by this author. I do enjoy a good romantic, historical book.
Overall: Romance and history entwined in a fantastic book.
My Thoughts on the Cover: It's so lovely, the detail and that dress! Just beautiful, I would be drawn to this cover. ...more
This book can be purchased in four sections or as one book. My original review copy was theThe full review can be seen at Chocolate Chunky Munkie blog
This book can be purchased in four sections or as one book. My original review copy was the first section, I then decided to review the book in it's entirety and this was in audiobook format borrowed from the library.
The book is filled with some really wonderful and complex characters. The story jumps from character to character and in each chapter you start to get more of an indepth look into them. The family history is very complex and you really need to not miss any crucial details. I loved how as the story unfolds certain parts start to make more sense. As there are a few characters it does take a few chapters to settle in. One thing that does shine is the wonderful details of the surrounds, whether it was Winterfold - which sounded wonderful in itself, or Italy or the war torn parts of London. The rich intensity do detail only enhanced things for me.
There is one character that really stands out in this book, this is Daisy. She is so crucial to this story and it is amazing how she influences and changes lives of people. Just her essence is enough to tip things. I was really interested to learn more about her.
I think if you were looking at this family from afar you would think they had everything, but there is an undercurrent whereby if you scratched the surface off, would reveal a very different matter.
I whole heartedly enjoyed this. I would definietly recommend this book and I look forward to reading more by this author....more
There were three narrators which really helped the story, it gave each character a more personalised feel. One thing this book has which I love is short chapters. When you're on the go and dipping in and out of books, short chapters really help.
This book is set in two different times. You have the story of Marianne when she was a teenager and then you have Lucy who is the grown up version of Marianne, this is interspersed with the voice of Eliza who is the friend and brother of Lucy's fiance. I love how the story built as you got to learn more about the past and what effects this has had on the main character. I know when I'm on to a five star read as I go above and beyond my normal reading pattern. I couldn't wait to get this one finished and find out the whole story. I was not disappointed. I really felt for this poor hunted woman, how her past was dictating everything around her. I was happy with the ending and there were a few surprises along the way which added to the story.
I've never been to Venice but the decription of the scenery and area really helped me get a feel for it. I don't like overly descriptive or flowery reads and this was just right, just enough to set the scene and take me there.
I have moved straight on to another of Emily Barr's books, I look forward to reading/listening to more books by this author. A well deserved 5 stars.
Overall: Thorouhly enjoyed this book, gripped me from start to finish. Can't wait to read more of this authors books....more
Many thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for my copy, this is in exchange for an honestYou can see the full review at Chocolate Chunky Munkie blog
Many thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for my copy, this is in exchange for an honest review
Wow! This one was certainly a little on the shocking side and a thrilling read. It shows how everything can have consequences, the smallest of changes, the decisions of others and yourself. All - have - consequences. One way or another things will catch up. This book is very much like a pressure cooker, it sets off at a high fast temperature and then just keeps on building. This is not a book for young readers or for the faint hearted, the story has an adult theme.
One element this book does it take time to educate the reader on the scientific side of things. I do like this as it's good to have the information, it adds to the book.
The investigation that follows the rape of Jenny is very indepth and recorded. Then on the other hand you have the aftermath and the effects on the family. Each member reacts and tries to cope in different ways. This book is narrated in a way that might not appeal to some readers, at times it can come across as clinical and detached. I think this is why this book doesn't quite get the full five star rating.
There was a good mixture of characters. I think my favourite was Charlotte, the mother of Jenny. Charlotte is a complex character, who on the outside is trying to hold things together but on the inside was a very different kettle of fish. She was the one who interested me the most, her actions and her behaviour to the attack and the aftermath, these actions are all perceived by the narrator who observes.
Overall: Not a light hearted read, at times it can come across a bit clinical. ...more
Yup still my favourite author, who never disappoints. Worthy of the five star rating.
As this is book three in the series I am no going to give and spoilers to the character and their development nor the plot. What I will say is that this series keeps on getting better and better and that I am not disappointed one little bit after reading this book.
When you are given a new book by your favourite author there is a certain level of expectation, the bar is set so high. I never thought I would ever read a series as good as the Sookie Stackhouse series and when I started this brand new series I was a little 'mmmmmmm I do hope it doesn't disappoint.' Well guys it does not.
The setting of the series is a town called Midnight, it's very mysterious and has some unlikely characters all living together. Not always so harmoniously, but when things do go down you can see them all rallying together like one big family.
As always I pick out my favourite character, throughout the three books Fiji has been my favourite. She is sweet, charming and when the needs arises one kick ass witch, plus the addition of her talking cat, Mr Snuggly, injects some much loved humour.
I really do hope this series does go on for so many books. I would love to know more about each character, there's some deep history with each of them. They all bring a richness and supernatural edge to the book.
So yes, if you do love Charlaine Harris you will not be disappointed. Do read the books in order, as they do loosely follow each other. I think this really deserves the five star rating I'm awarding it....more