This is a wonderful story that combines both historical fiction and contemporary/urban fantasy into one. It lets you look back on our history and makeThis is a wonderful story that combines both historical fiction and contemporary/urban fantasy into one. It lets you look back on our history and makes you think, "What if?" The way witches and magic work in this book really hits home. It's actually almost believable that magic could exist this way, and that made this an enjoyable book to read.
I especially enjoyed the last part of the book where Katherine goes into all the research she did for her novel. I had no idea that many of these people were real people, aside from the ones generally associated with the witch trials (as in, the ones in The Crucible), and I found it fascinating how she would weave such an incredible tale based on real people, objects, beliefs, and events.
Before I started this book, I read some scathing reviews here on Goodreads. However, I'd like to contradict some of the things in that review that made the reviewer hate the book. While listening to the audiobook I did not get the same impressions that the other reviewers did. I'm wondering if the book has been re-edited for the audiobook.
Connie has a well-honed mind that she can easily search through for memories that she filed away. She remembers her mother telling her to center herself when she was two. She remembers her Granna dying when she was 3 or 4. Why is it so hard to believe that she can remember a Christmas between the ages of 2 and 4 where she gets a misshapen sweater from her Granna? People knit sweaters for toddlers, too, just so you know.
When you get to the part where she finally has Deliverance's book, if you listen to the audiobook, it becomes clear that she is not having a problem with "bottel" vs "bottle". Rather, she has no idea what a "witch bottle" is vs a regular bottle. Therefore she commences a search of her home and finds very, very old blue glass bottles. If you bother to look up "witch bottle" on the internet, you'd see that they generally were small, blue or green glass bottles. No problem here.
And lastly, it didn't bother me that it took her a while to realize Prudence is a midwife. She wasn't trying to figure out what Prudence did for a living. She was looking for mentions of Deliverance's book. It makes sense that she wouldn't immediately make a connection between Prudence every so often having an entry about delivering a child and her being a midwife, especially when the journal started out in the winter and her only commenting on the weather and staying at home.
Give this book a shot and try not to let other people's scorn color your feelings before you try it out. If your library has the audiobook, I strongly urge you to try that version of the novel instead of reading it, because I enjoyed the audiobook thoroughly....more
Well, what I wanted was the knitting mystery book, so I listened to this book without realizing that more came before it. Greatly enjoyed it, though,Well, what I wanted was the knitting mystery book, so I listened to this book without realizing that more came before it. Greatly enjoyed it, though, and will probably eventually start at the beginning of the series....more
I started out sort of resenting Lady Claire a bit because, while I was okay with her disobeying in the name of science, II read the audiobook version.
I started out sort of resenting Lady Claire a bit because, while I was okay with her disobeying in the name of science, I was not okay with her for being angry at being punished for it. You made a mess, you bint, of course you're going to be made to clean it up! Shut up and TAKE IT, FOR SCIENCE!
But as the book went on, I liked her more and more. I'll likely pick up more books in this series....more
Listened to the audible version and loved it! I was inspired to listen to this book because of the fanfiction "His Draught of Delicate Poison" by SubvListened to the audible version and loved it! I was inspired to listen to this book because of the fanfiction "His Draught of Delicate Poison" by Subversa....more
Liked this alright, but there were sections I had trouble paying attention to.
Tiffany was the most annoying ever. I wish she didn't get what she wanteLiked this alright, but there were sections I had trouble paying attention to.
Tiffany was the most annoying ever. I wish she didn't get what she wanted in the end. I wish there was a sequel outlining that she didn't have a great life back in London either and actually grew the hell up....more
I feel like this book could have been really great. It sits a bit neatly in between traditional regency with no mention of naughty things whatsoever,I feel like this book could have been really great. It sits a bit neatly in between traditional regency with no mention of naughty things whatsoever, but full of witty dialogue and a comedy of errors, and a bodice-ripper full of steamy sex.
This novel didn't really have the witty dialogue or the comedy of errors that slowly builds up the romance between the two characters. It was basically insta-love with not really any hurdles to jump over to bring the two together, and not much conflict at all really. Also there wasn't any steamy sex, but there were some mentions of other things that in the style of a regency novel almost made me feel uncomfortable. Maybe I am too used to Georgette Heyer books.
(view spoiler)[In any case, I think with some more actual conflict and not just a bunch of the most idiotic man-children ever showing up would have been nice. Maybe seeing Lucinda actually struggling with her new lessons and Jack witnessing failures and coming to like the real her gradually instead of the insta-love on the roof followed by a drunken confession immediately after.
I also sort of felt like what conflict existed was solved too quickly for it to mean anything. Like, there wasn't really any issues with Jimmy and her fellow soldiers (or any romance for her, boo!), the "issue" of the four pranksters were way too cleanly and neatly solved. And what was with the one wife, did we really need her to be so weak of a character at the end instead of having learned and grown from being a bitchy teenager?
And two of the pranksters didn't want to do that crap anymore. Why didn't they try to strike up an understanding with Jack? It seems like Lucinda would have tempered Jack enough to make such a thing agreeable. (hide spoiler)]
Anyway. So it wasn't a bad book. 3 stars meant I liked it alright. It was a quick read and I liked the idea of Lucinda and only wished we had more antics while she learned to be a lady. And I liked Jack once he got dropped into Dukedom, willing to do work instead of just eating up what little funds were left. It is just my opinion that this book could have been so much more.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more