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Castles by Julie Garwood
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Sep 15, 11

bookshelves: adventure-romance
Read in September, 2011

Whether you have or haven't read romance novels, you know how they go: woman and man have secrets, are infuriated with each other, bickering constantly, until suddenly they realize their passion and he takes her in his arms and....yeah, they're pretty formulaic. Julie Garwood breaks the mold. First off she's a very good writer. Often romance novels are clunky and poorly edited, but Garwood's books assume you actually want to read a GOOD book, not just a romance book. Also, her heroines always have some knowledge or facet that make them more than just a pretty face: one was a midwife. One was an archer. This one was a whiz at accounting. It gives the characters dimensions - somehow undeard-of in most romance books.
Lastly, Garwood adds another element of evil, that unites the protagonists. It can be a jealous man, a greedy aunt - or, in this case, a murderer. There is a mystery unfolding throughout the book, giving it depth. These books don't feel mindless like many romances - they're genuine novels, through and through. I'm very impressed with how she manages it, and will definitely read more of her work.
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