Err mah goodness.....THIS BOOK! No, that is not a good thing. I had a really hard time believing everything that was going on in this book, from the cErr mah goodness.....THIS BOOK! No, that is not a good thing. I had a really hard time believing everything that was going on in this book, from the characters to the events. I can suspend reality for the sake of literature, but this book was hard to stomach.
My first big beef was the coincidental way things played out. IT WAS DOWNRIGHT CHEESY! Having a predictable plotline is one thing, but following in every little footstep was completely another. I really wanted to like this book, and the historical time period, and the setting, and the characters, but Moore wasn't getting me there. Eliza was innocent and insipid to a fault, Jon was brooding, questionably handsome and mysterious to the point of bleh...and don't even get me started on Apryl or Nathanial.
The other thing that bothered me was that I felt like I had to wikipedia certain things that were mentioned in the book to verify for my own brain that they were actually in existence at the time. That is something that I rarely have to do, because I assume that the author and editor did their homework and verified everything. I didn't enjoy having to read an article on when steamer ships started sailing the Atlantic mid book because I didn't actually believe that they set sail at that time period. I also don't like looking up when mass production furniture was produced in the US on the East Coast to verify a disagreement between supporting characters. Both counts were correct to the time period, but the author lost me at having to do that. The book was based in New England in 1839. She made no real effort to link it to anything that occurred historically besides small comments or references here and there that made me feel like I was in 1839. I kept feeling like she was taking me back to pre Revolutionary colonial times with the way she described things.
Honestly, because I came off a historical thriller, I know I'm a little overly critical. The book was a great effort but still fell so short in my opinion....more
This was one of those books I don't think I would have read had it not been suggested to me by a book review site. I'm not opposed to books like this,This was one of those books I don't think I would have read had it not been suggested to me by a book review site. I'm not opposed to books like this, but I really don't get down on romance novels that aren't epic sweeping tales with long drawn out romances. This book didn't strike me as it and after reading it, still isn't in the same category as the bodice ripper guilty pleasure I love.
This author's concept was fun and somewhat familiar, but what I really enjoyed was her description of Florence (or Firenze, if you've had the pleasure). Oh god I LOVED IT! I had the pleasure of visiting there and when she would describe certain landmarks in the city, I could close my eyes and taste the air on the Ponte Vecchio or smell the musty scent of being in the Duomo. That was the best part of the book. Nichole Van really did write as if she had a love affair with Firenze that shows in her writing. Bellisimo!
Characters and slightly cliche writing aside, the book wasn't horrendous or unbearable. I rather enjoyed it's plot and the protagonists. Sure, I wish it was a little more developed...I would have loved to see Claire and Dante's other past lives, but I digress. The past life concept was fun, very reminiscent of Lauren Kate's Fallen series...but in the Fallen series, I had 4 books to learn of their lives, not one short one. It kind of left me wanting more from them....more