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Now Face to Face by Karleen Koen
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Jun 14, 2011

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bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read from March 10 to June 12, 2011

"Now Face to Face" is the sequel to Karleen Koen's book "Through a Glass Darkly". I dearly love historical fiction, and as I devoured "Through a Glass Darkly and gave it a resounding Five Stars, I really looked forward to the sequel.

Eh. Well.

This book was on its way to being put on my "Not Finished" shelf, but I persevered and the pace finally picked up and the story fell back into the method of her first book. When I finished the book, I had tears in my eyes, and felt the novel had redeemed itself somewhat.

I'm still only giving this book Three Stars, and here's why:

* While I enjoy studying history, the first half of the book was way too political for my taste. I kept losing the story line because just when I'd get interested, bam, politics. Don't get me wrong, a certain amount of politics had to be written into the book or there would have been no plot, but there's a line that got crossed.

* Characters I liked in the first book seemed to change personalities in the sequel, particularly Barbara, the main character.

* The pace got bogged down, largely due to the huge chunks of politics.

If you're a fan of the Jacobite uprising, you'll love it. I was fortunate in knowing a fair amount about this time period or I would have been completely lost. If you're a fan of court intrigue, you'll like the book. I'm glad I decided to plug along and finish the book, but be prepared -- it's nothing like the first book.

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