Blah! I was really entertained by this book for about the first three hundred pages. Then I realized that the main crux of the novel was a love storyBlah! I was really entertained by this book for about the first three hundred pages. Then I realized that the main crux of the novel was a love story re: Harlequin Romance and I was out. I just can't read a love story with two loathsome main characters and euphemisms for body parts.
And, really, nothing happened for the last three hundred pages. It was mostly blather about feelings and consequences. In an epic tale, things need to happen. More often than every hundred pages or so. And a writer should probably take care to make the characters likeable, at the very least unpredictable.
I skimmed the last hundred pages or so and skipped the last twenty all together. I just couldn't finish this novel without frying what was left of my patience. If it hadn't been for the incredible first third of the book, this definitely would have rated only one star....more
I was really hoping this novel wouldn't end. It wasn't perfect; I could have done without some of the description regarding Australian cattle ranchingI was really hoping this novel wouldn't end. It wasn't perfect; I could have done without some of the description regarding Australian cattle ranching. But I really was riveted from the start. I couldn't put it down and ended up staying awake, reading, until six this morning.
From the start, I really cared about each of the characters. The author has such an amazing talent for painting a portrait of each character quite swiftly, without any extraneous description. I ended up biting my lip throughout the novel when events didn't go the way I wanted them to for characters. I even cheered at one point and received some very odd looks from my partner.
The Australian slang threw me off a bit throughout the novel. My partner even lived in Australia for a few years and didn't know what the majority of it meant. The slang just detracted somewhat because, while I understood the gist of what was being said, I probably didn't get the full picture.
In the end, though, I felt as though the first half of the novel was the best and that the end left something to be desired. But even having said that, I'm still in the midst of that wonderful, satisfied feeling you get after finishing a really great book.