I didn't think I would like this book, I mean, light regency, clean romance, Mormon author--quel snooze. But I really did, it was a lot of fun. RomantI didn't think I would like this book, I mean, light regency, clean romance, Mormon author--quel snooze. But I really did, it was a lot of fun. Romantic with out being embarrassing, problems to overcome that weren't completely self-inflicted. Charming. It gets the fifth star because I think I might read it again....more
So, I love Georgette Heyer she is fantastic, especially at make the unbelievable seem totally reasonable. Quite a bit of this book is superbly unbelieSo, I love Georgette Heyer she is fantastic, especially at make the unbelievable seem totally reasonable. Quite a bit of this book is superbly unbelievable and therefor eminently reasonable.
There were two romances occurring in this book, one of them I really liked. My only small complaint is that sometimes I got the wrong romance in the place of the one I wanted....more
I really liked the premise of this story, it's kind of Sleeping Beauty where the princess is cursed to die by her 16th birthday and so hidden away toI really liked the premise of this story, it's kind of Sleeping Beauty where the princess is cursed to die by her 16th birthday and so hidden away to be safe. But instead of leaving her spot vacant like most versions, this book is about the girl who was put in as a doppelganger to risk her life for 16 years. There are just not that many stories where the heroine finds out she is suddenly not the princess which is pretty great and the author really follows it up with more mysterious goings on a slightly dark take on a normally bright fairy tale. It's very compelling. My one complaint is that the heroine came off a bit whiny, I think in order to make the reader really feel her young age, but it was a relief when she finally got over herself a little....more
I liked this book, it's the kind of thing that sticks with you. The subject was success through struggle and it got tense and terrible at times, but tI liked this book, it's the kind of thing that sticks with you. The subject was success through struggle and it got tense and terrible at times, but the tone of the book stayed straight forward, almost childish without being naive. Some parts were so clear they are burned in my mind even now, the first taste of a lime sucker and the extreme corpulence of the woman on the train. I was involved in the narrative and loved entering the world of boxing and African prisons and desert cactus. I rejoiced with every step forward for the young man in the book. It's a story of triumph and well worth reading.
I didn't love the ending, I keep thinking it through, trying to put my finger on what I didn't like. I think it is because it is a school book, but it ends after school. It was a little too long to follow the arc of a school boy story, but not far enough to give the reader a sense of our hero's continued life. I'm not sure that is it, read it and decide for yourself, I may be crazy....more
Oh man, I've tried to write this review a few times, but it's daunting. It is such a big book, it's three full length novels in one. I had a similarlyOh man, I've tried to write this review a few times, but it's daunting. It is such a big book, it's three full length novels in one. I had a similarly hard time with the book and now maybe you are looking at the book and trying to decide if it's worth it. I say, maybe.
The first book A Bride Most Begrudging was just okay. The plot line is typical, although there was a little too much with misunderstandings that a conversation could have cleared up. The history was well done, the early settlement of the Virginia colony in the 1600s, but it was also the problem. It was so serious and everything was life or death, in fact, a good portion was death. It was just hard for me to enjoy. Maybe it's good to read about that time in American history, but kind of not what I love for a novel I'm reading to enjoy.
The second book Courting Trouble was a great setting, the early discovery of oil in Texas, rich, a little exotic without being wholly unfamiliar, and a previous mystery. The heroine is lovely and fun and someone I could relate to. The book, however, ends on an unexpected turn and there are really tough things in an otherwise lighthearted story. There is also a lot of religion in this one, and while I know Deeanne Gist writes inspirational romances, usually they are heavy on the romance and light on the inspiration, while this one was the other way around. Now, I'm not saying I wouldn't have thought and felt and did the exact same types of things as the heroine did, I probably wouldn't have talked about them. Coward I may be, but there it is.
The last book Deep in the Heart of Trouble, is a delight and a lot more like the later Gist books that I have read and loved. I would have thought you had to read "Courting Trouble" to really get "Deep in the Heart" because they are a continuing storyline, but my sister read it on it's own and liked it just fine. So if you don't really want strong churchy elements, than read the synopsis of "Courting Trouble" and settle down with a thoroughly enjoyable "Deep in the Heart of Trouble." ...more