A most delightful book. A charming, fluffy, sweet little literary morsel. The only downer is. . . the heroine decides to become a Fabian Socialist. NOA most delightful book. A charming, fluffy, sweet little literary morsel. The only downer is. . . the heroine decides to become a Fabian Socialist. NOOOO!!!
But other than that, a truly delightful read, as I believe I mentioned. Highly recommended for fans of L.M. Montgomery, Grace Livingston Hill, and other similar authors.
Now, to read the sequel: "Dear Enemy". And I must also watch the Fred Astaire musical and the Mary Pickford silent film, though I doubt either will be half as magical as the book....more
My first Hardy novel. . . my first venture into Wessex. I don't think it will be my last.
I've just this minute finished reading it, so excuse my ramblMy first Hardy novel. . . my first venture into Wessex. I don't think it will be my last.
I've just this minute finished reading it, so excuse my rambling, fragmented "review".
-Beautifully written, and quite a fast, easy read for a 19th century novel, though there were a couple of slower points. However, in each instance the narrative quickly regained pace.
-Relatively brief yet very evocative descriptions of nature.
-VERY well-drawn characters, that truly come to life in the reader's imagination.
-Surely few authors can rival Hardy in instilling a sense of impending doom in the pages of their books!
I was torn as to whether to give this 3 or 4 stars. 4 stars for the writing and characters; 3 stars for the story. One aspect of the story in particular could hardly avoid being extremely frustrating for the modern reader (view spoiler)[(why couldn't Elfride have simply explained to Knight that nothing happened during her botched elopement with Stephen?!) (hide spoiler)], and everything inevitably ends in tragedy.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading this. I second the petition for Andrew Davies and the BBC to make this into a TV miniseries!!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Well, where to start! This is the second of Regina Doman's Fairytale novels. I read this one several months after finishing the first book - The ShadoWell, where to start! This is the second of Regina Doman's Fairytale novels. I read this one several months after finishing the first book - The Shadow of the Bear. In hindsight, this was probably a good thing. The two books are considerably different, and having the gap between reading them allowed me to enjoy each book for what it was, without making comparisons or being jarred by the change in pace and style.
Black as Night is faster, darker, more tightly-written, and more suspenseful. Whereas SOTB felt like more of a gentle read, building to a climax near the end, with BAN the suspense grabs you from the start and doesn't let up until the final page.
What I love (ahem, one of the things I love) about Regina's books is the way they're steeped in literature, with so many layers to unravel and enjoy! BAN is a modern retelling of Snow White (the Grimm version, not the Disney version), but there are also echoes of Lewis Carroll and references to many other authors and poets - all of the four main characters are booklovers, so books are a constant theme within this book. :-)
I don't want to spoil anything for anyone, so I won't say much about the plot. Just start reading and enjoy the ride! I'll just mention a couple of things - the parallels with the original Snow White story that Regina conceives here are truly ingenious - particularly the seven Franciscan friars in place of the Seven Dwarfs! And the love story is beautifully told - the author did a great job in sustaining and building the romantic suspense throughout the entire book - especially considering that the hero and heroine are kept apart until the last couple of pages!
Regina Doman is a Catholic, and there are many references to Catholic beliefs throughout the book; but speaking as a Protestant, I found it so refreshing to find a book this well-written that is also written from a Christian perspective, with Biblical morals upheld! Highly recommended reading for Christian teens of all denominations. :-) ...more