Since I appear to be the only one who didn't gush over this one I thought I better write a review as to why not.
The novel is decently written for a beSince I appear to be the only one who didn't gush over this one I thought I better write a review as to why not.
The novel is decently written for a beach read, especially if you enjoy this sort of romantic fluff with a fairly interesting, though unsurprising, plot, as I do now and then. I call it fluff because the plot and romance is not realistic, though the writer attempts some realism at the start with her story of white slavery. I applaud the obvious research.
As always, the guy is hot and the girl is pretty. Nothing new here. He is a dancer—a fantastic one, of course—in trouble with the Russian Mafia; she is saccarine sweet and suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. You get the picture. They will save one another.
There's lots of good stuff about dance, which I enjoyed.
If you like your novels to always have a Walt Disney style wind-up ending, you will enjoy this one. Amazing how everything miraculously comes together for our main characters after all their trials and tribulations.
A fun read, but not worth more than three stars to me.
Perhaps if I knew nothing about World War II I might have enjoyed this novel slightly more.
But as a child I watched all those World War II movies andPerhaps if I knew nothing about World War II I might have enjoyed this novel slightly more.
But as a child I watched all those World War II movies and have read war novels by Hemingway and others who wrote about war so much better than Hannah in "The Nightingale." I believe she "bit off more than she could chew" in trying to present practically every atrocity in France's entire WWII history in one book. She couldn't cram it all in with only one main character, so she had to have two—sisters.
I didn't care what happened to either of the sisters. For me, each was a representation of a type rather than presented as a real person. Here is the Typical Heroic Mother with Child. Here is the Rebellious Sister Who Becomes a Hero. I never felt the writer went deep into the emotions of either.
Everything was passed over quickly and dealt with on the surface only. Of course, she had to get in so many atrocities, she never had time to deal with any one of them to the extent it deserved. It was like watching a news program about one murder after another, a bombing, Syria, etc., night after night, until one practically becomes immune to the horror. We have fifteen minutes, folks, to get this all in, so move along, move along.
If you want to feel what it was like to exist under the threat of war, read Hemingway or Mary Doria Russell's "Thread of Grace." Skip this one....more
Maybe it's the holidays that made me a sap for this one. It starts slow, is definitely overwritten in many places and slightly pretentious in others,Maybe it's the holidays that made me a sap for this one. It starts slow, is definitely overwritten in many places and slightly pretentious in others, but I enjoyed it for what the author attempted and succeeded in some places.
If you can put away your inner critic maybe this one will warm the cockles of your heart. There are a number of Truths presented here, and I suggest you don't miss the suggested readings after the end. I got more laughs from them than from anything in the story....more