This is not just a story about an adoption gone bad. It is the story of two women who loved the same child enough to sacrifice for his safety, as she...moreThis is not just a story about an adoption gone bad. It is the story of two women who loved the same child enough to sacrifice for his safety, as she stated in the author's note at the end. In this book she really draws out the emotions of the characters. Things sometimes seem to move in slow motion as she tries to get you to feel what they must be feeling. She has an engaging writing style. However, this was not a page turner. It became intense only in the last quarter of the story. (less)
This book would have been better written in the style of Mary Higgins Clark. Take the five different viewpoints and weave them together in shorter sni...moreThis book would have been better written in the style of Mary Higgins Clark. Take the five different viewpoints and weave them together in shorter snippets around the events instead of recovering old ground with each character. However, to give Alicia Rasley credit, each viewpoint does take you closer to the conclusion than the previous one, which creates the plot building effect. I felt the story had climaxed before we got to Theresa or Jackson. Theresa's viewpoint caught my interest at the point where she went in search of her birth family, but it set up a second plot. This would have been better introduced earlier, before the initial storyline, Brian's parentage, was concluded. This made the story somewhat anti-climactic. I also felt like the steamy love scenes could have been cleaned up and the strong cuss words omitted. However realistic, they really added nothing to the story. Overall there were too many threads and not enough binding.(less)
I love fairy tales. I was very excited to read this book. Amanda Stanley (a Goodreads reviewer) gave a beautiful des...moreMy rating is actually 3 1/2 stars.
I love fairy tales. I was very excited to read this book. Amanda Stanley (a Goodreads reviewer) gave a beautiful description of Rose's character: "Our heroine, Rose, has such a heart for others and deeply feels their pain, be it physical or emotional. She is beautiful, of course, but doesn’t seem to recognize it. She is shy and humble, yet bold and passionate when she witnesses an injustice, not content to sit by in indifference ... or stay in silence." This is what the Duke fell for, not her beauty as others have suggested. Her beauty just caught his attention.
I agree with others on several points. 1. Yes,the book was predictable because you new the outcome from the beginning. But it is a fairy tale! What else do you expect? 2. The demon possession was out there. I didn't like it. And its resolution was too simplified. 3. The book began to drag. It needed to be shorter. I understand the moral relevance of the subplot with the second son, but thought it was outside the parameter of Rose's character to fall prey to his superficiality. I did, however, appreciate the subplot with her best friend and its resolution based on an actual law of the time. 4. It had a strong beginning, but grew weaker in the second half. Some extra character building for Rose with her parents toward the beginning would have been helpful to explain why she fell for the Duke's younger superficial brother given her strong resolve not to marry.