Great airplane Kindle reading! I didn't love it enough to pay $30 for the other six books in the series, but if they go on sale I'm likely to pick theGreat airplane Kindle reading! I didn't love it enough to pay $30 for the other six books in the series, but if they go on sale I'm likely to pick them up, even though time travel is not my favorite.
I appreciated that, while there are secondary characters whose plot lines are doubtless the focus of the next books, the main characters get their Happily Ever After and the ending is sufficiently satisfying (especially for a free first "sample" book in a series). If you like Scottish lairds and time travel (Outlander being the obvious example, but the plot of this book diverges sufficiently), you will probably like this book....more
This book reminded me strongly of Johnny Tremain, although it's been two decades since I've read that so I can't be certain how apt the comparison is.This book reminded me strongly of Johnny Tremain, although it's been two decades since I've read that so I can't be certain how apt the comparison is. The plot was reasonable enough and moved at a nice clip, but the true historical events were so much more compelling to me, particularly as someone who lived in the area for over a decade. I found myself skimming portions of the novel, then I devoured the appendix of fascinating research at the end. I think I really wanted to read a straight history of the yellow fever outbreak of 1793...or at least I do now!...more
I read this because of this Smart Bitches review: http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/re... Click it and see--you will want to read it, too! And you wiI read this because of this Smart Bitches review: http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/re... Click it and see--you will want to read it, too! And you will not be disappointed (unless you want explicit sex; there is definite steam, but it's not a sexy-sex book).
Because this is the first in a new series (the hero is a minor character in Through the Storm but it's not necessary to read that book first, at all; I hadn't), there is some extra small-town-world-building and some ends that are looser than I would prefer, but I'm guessing they will be resolved in future books. Those minor quibbles did not significantly detract from my enjoyment of the book. I like it when the supporting characters are three dimensional, and that is definitely the case here. The town itself also feels like a character, and I liked the way the author repeatedly referenced the constant noise of the mines.
All of the Beverly Jenkins covers that I’ve seen have been way above average in terms of both matching the way the characters are described in the book, and overall composition/art, and this one is no exception.
I also enjoyed the “behind the scenes” bit at the end of the book, after the story is over. It’s really cool to see the author's historical research and the true accounts/artifacts that inspired her to create these particular characters in this particular time and place....more
I really enjoyed this story and am looking forward to the other books in the series. Mariah is 30 when, in 1885, she finally finds the courage to leavI really enjoyed this story and am looking forward to the other books in the series. Mariah is 30 when, in 1885, she finally finds the courage to leave her awful mother and the only life she's known as a seamstress in Philadelphia, by answering an advertisement to be a housekeeper in California. Logan doesn't think he wants a housekeeper (his mother placed the ad) or a wife. Since this is a romance novel, so you know things turn out well even though/because the characters drive each other nuts at first. I enjoyed their verbal sparring.
A couple of turns of phrase struck me as anachronistic but I'm not confident enough in that assessment to say that they're actually wrong. Nevertheless, because they struck me as modern phrases, they felt "wrong" and pulled me out of the story. Luckily they were rare enough not to detract much from my enjoyment. Nicely plotted, with fun and dimensional supporting characters and a solid sense of place. This is my first Beverly Jenkins but after I finish this series I plan to seek out her other books, too.
I usually don't care/don't like covers, but this one is so great that I want to draw attention to it: it looks like an artist actually *read the book*--the characters resemble their description in the book! Even the pose and location are plausible from a specific scene! They look natural and intimate! Other book covers should take notes and get their acts together....more
I wanted to love this book, which is sort of a mash-up of the fairy tale/House (tv show)/regency romance, particularly as the doctor-earl-hero swims lI wanted to love this book, which is sort of a mash-up of the fairy tale/House (tv show)/regency romance, particularly as the doctor-earl-hero swims laps (in a tidal pool on the coast of Wales) to help alleviate his leg pain. But it drove me bonkers that he swam, and taught the heroine to swim, front crawl! I found this anacrchronism very jarring--In this place & time, they definitely would have been swimming breaststroke. I still really liked it but since swimming is a pretty important part of the story, this inaccuracy knocked a star off. 3.5 out of 5, rounding down because I care more about the history of swimming than most people and it would've made absolutely zero difference to the plot to have them swim the correct stroke. Breaststroke....more
Book five in a series and the one I've been looking forward to through all of the previous books. The hero (Elijah) and heroine (Jemma) have been marrBook five in a series and the one I've been looking forward to through all of the previous books. The hero (Elijah) and heroine (Jemma) have been married for nine years but they got off on the wrong foot and have been living apart for all but the past year (during which the first four books occur). Now Elijah's heart is failing and they need an heir, plus they have both learned and grown so both now want to reconcile. Of course there are still significant issues to resolve, or else we wouldn't have a book: Jemma is frustrated that Elijah loves his work in parliament and his noble ideals more than he loves her (or himself). She also sometimes feels unworthy and frivolous compared to his important work, even though she's a chess master and otherwise quite sure of herself. Elijah has lingering issues from his father's premature death and a savior complex in addition to his inherited heart problem.
I don't know whether I would have enjoyed this book quite so much if I'd read it at a different point in my life. I've now been married almost as long as the duke and duchess and I think that may be part of the reason I connected so strongly with this book and finished it in less than a day. They have a shared history but not the same perspective (definitely opposites attract), and their struggle to find a way out of repeating their old mistakes rang true. My husband is a surgeon so I felt a lot of empathy for Jemma as she struggled with how hard to push Elijah to make time for her and to rest, even though his work IS important to other people's lives. This book gave me a fresh appreciation for my own husband and a renewed desire to find ways to make our marriage even better, which is a pretty powerful impact for "fluffy" fiction to have. YMMV...more
Set in England in mid-1300s, this is a sweet, charming, almost fairy-tale romance. The set-up is memorable, and even though the plot twists are fairlySet in England in mid-1300s, this is a sweet, charming, almost fairy-tale romance. The set-up is memorable, and even though the plot twists are fairly predictable, they are well-executed and the ending is satisfying. The characters are lovable and I enjoyed the non-regency historical setting....more
I particularly enjoyed that the heroine is the one who starts off seeming like a [jerk] and the hero is a thorough do-gooder who helps her become herI particularly enjoyed that the heroine is the one who starts off seeming like a [jerk] and the hero is a thorough do-gooder who helps her become her best self. I love me some bad boy heros, but I've read too many stories lately where it was the other way around so this was a great change of pace. I liked that the heroine becomes a better person without totally changing her personality. I also liked that the hero has a profession (doctor, and he specializes in what will become obstetrics) instead of being the typical lord/duke/whatever.
It was interesting to read about some of the medical practices of the time, even if I have a niggling feeling that some of that information is not entirely accurate. Nothing was so wrong that it made me want to tear my hair out, except for the mismatch between the heroine's RED hair and the clearly yellow-haired, not even strawberry-blond woman on the cover. Why do publishers do that?! AAAAARGH!
I haven't read any of the other books in this series yet, but the references to previous events were explained briefly and clearly enough that it didn't get in the way at all....more
I agree with the other reviewers who said the hero's denouement grovelling was insufficient for his misdeeds. The premise is great and the set-up is bI agree with the other reviewers who said the hero's denouement grovelling was insufficient for his misdeeds. The premise is great and the set-up is beautifully executed, so after the first few chapters I thought it was headed for 5 stars. It's a shame the ending is such a let-down. :-(...more