I actually listened to this one, so I guess that's cheating... But anyways, I really liked it. I'm not sure if I would have liked it as much if I'd reI actually listened to this one, so I guess that's cheating... But anyways, I really liked it. I'm not sure if I would have liked it as much if I'd read it in book form. It was a leisurely read for sure. I liked the story; there was a good amount of justice (which was great), and it was a pretty wholesome read. I mean, it was written in the 1800's, so maybe that's a given. I do think that one of the characters was a little unrealistic in her character traits. I don't want to spoil anything, so read below if you don't mind the "surprise" being taken away, and stop here if you'd like to read this book without knowing a major part of the plot.
Lily's reaction to Crosbie's treachery was, in my opinion, unrealistic. I don't think she would have been so strong as to insist that she loved him still and would love him and prayed for his happiness every night. I think that if you love a man and he proves himself a weak, selfish, worldly man and leaves you two weeks after getting himself engaged to you, you are in love with a fantasy, and not the man you thought you were in love with. Therefore, you aren't in love with the person, just an illusion. And after Crosbie got married, you might even say that it was wrong for her to be in love with him, because he was, indeed, married. I just think that her constancy was held up a little too high. It was irrational.
That being said, I really did like it. It was the first book by Trollope I've read, so I hope I can find some more on Librivox to listen to while I'm cooking and sewing. ...more
While the back of the book insists " Shades of Milk and Honey is precisely the sort of tale we would expect from Jane Austen…if only she had been a fWhile the back of the book insists " Shades of Milk and Honey is precisely the sort of tale we would expect from Jane Austen…if only she had been a fantasy writer," I cannot agree. I thought the historical aspects were well-written. I did not feel smashed over the head by facts that the author knew about the era (like other historical fiction books I've read). However, I thought that the book took a long time to get going. Once the conflict was finally out in the open, the scenes that followed were confusing and unbelievable. Everyone was taken at his or her word, the doubting characters were easily convinced, the strings were tied up quickly, and everything was easily resolved. It seemed implausible that the main character didn't see the event happening with her sister until she eavesdropped on them.
But really, the scene that completely ruined the book for me was the climax. Too quickly done, too unbelievable based on the characters' development up until then in the book. Resolution happened too quickly. I felt as if the author realized how many pages she had written until that point, and decided she had better get the ending over with.
The main character states that Captain Livingston was always with them, and then has no clue who her sister's secret lover would be. I wanted to laugh out loud. ...more