Me, going in: Ooooh, lusty brooding ripper adventure! Hero and heroine fighting and loving and full of drama! Cover purty!!!
Since no one has bMe, going in: Ooooh, lusty brooding ripper adventure! Hero and heroine fighting and loving and full of drama! Cover purty!!!
Since no one has bothered to give any clue about why they rated this book so low, I immediately concluded it's because there's rapine and all the sorts of icky shit that makes modern readers howl in pearl-clutching outrage and of course I have to See For Myself, because I Love That Shit. Thanks for wasting my time, you lazy wretches. :P
(view spoiler)[This book is an entire series of long separations. In fact, the hero and heroine don't even consummate their relationship till The Last Fucking Page (although she's been raped by the indubitably more interesting villain twice). Dane, our Hero, shows up at the beginning, heads off to California, leaving Deborah to pine pine pine for him while she tends her family's Little House on the Prairie, he shows up again after a year, they have a 1 page disagreement about Where To Live, Kansas or England (where he's from) and he heads off again, leaving her to pine pine pine, all the while Dane's emotionally stunted and somewhat evil bro Rolf wants her like crazy, and some non-Mennonite Prussian head of a Mennonite community also declares his love for her. But nope nope nope, Conrad the Beta-est Beta who Ever Beta-ed won't do. It's all about Dane, who's also another Alpha Beta, who's an Artist 'N Shit, and carries his sketchpad around the frontier while Brother Rolf is jonesing to collect some scalps and fulfill his Viking Ancestor Dreams of Glory.
So anyway, Dane comes back again, just long enough to declare I'm Joining the Union and fighting for this country you love so much cuz that proves his love more than, you know, marrying her, and she's all "Well, I can't marry you anyway, cuz there are still slaves in this country" and once again it's all delay delay delay because these two can't be happy until everybody's happy. Or something. Lesson learned: when 2 characters are such martyr-complexed do-gooders, Shit Doesn't Happen. (hide spoiler)]
In fact, this is a more appropriate cover for this book and conveys the mood better (and yes, I know authors often don't get to choose the cover for their book):
Where they're so far apart that one looks like a damn ghost, which is what Dane is, cuz the dude is never around.
This book is well researched, I'll give Jeanne Williams that. We learn all about what it was like to Farm on the Prairie, and the Free Soil/Slave State mess of Bloody Kansas. In fact, sometimes it's a little difficult to follow because so much history is packed in. There's lots and lots of detail, which really bogged this book down. And again, not being a bodice ripper, there wasn't enough WTF shenanigans to even it out. All the drama was in Deborah's head, as she navel-gazed her way through her teen crush on Dane that bordered on tunnel-visioned obsession. He looked at her once. She will Love Him Forever.
I did enjoy Williams' A Woman Clothed In Sun despite some shortcomings, but what I considered a fault at the time (synopsis-like passages) was really a blessing. Everything is played out in this book to its fullest conclusion.
OK, so it's not a bodice ripper. It's more historical fiction, and after 150 pages when I realized what I was in for, I started looking at it that way. However, the flat-lining course of the story (long long stretches of the day-to-day activities of homesteading) and the blahness of the characters in their strict non-bodice-rippery manifestations just weren't the best reading experience.
If you want a truly historical fiction story, this is your book.
If you don't like Long Separations, then this isn't your book.
But if you hate gratuitous sex, then this is your book.
And if you want Chaste Characters Faithful Only To Each Other because No Cheating ZOMG, then this is your book.
But if you're looking for a rip-roarin' dramatic saga where you've strapped on your brass bra in preparation for Crazy Shit Happening, then this definitely isn't your book.
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