Dec 05, 11
Read from October 09 to December 01, 2011
When I discovered that Angela Elwell Hunt, author of The Note, had tried her hand at historical fiction, I was eager to give it a try. I had enjoyed The Note as evidenced by my favorable review here on GoodReads. In addition to inspirational romance, historical fiction is always a favorite for me.
Now, anyone with even an elementary grasp of American history knows that any book with the title of Roanoke should not expect a light and flowery tale of romance, so I wasn't surprised that it was frought with hardship and difficulty that might border on the depressing. I expected mystery and challenge, but here's the problem: it goes on FOREVER! Page after page after page of miserable time on ships, battles, people getting sick and dying... but worst of all was the relationship between Jocelyn and her minister husband. Although I respect the message that she fought for her marriage and loved him through so many desperate days, I grew sick at heart in this seemingly-endless story of a woman trapped in loveless marriage. I fought my way to the bitter end of the book, hoping to end with at least a sense of satisfaction. Nope. I was merely relieved it was over.
Does this mean I won't be reading the rest of the series? Most definitely. I am still interested in giving another Hunt book a chance. Perhaps her Biblical fiction will hold my interest a bit longer.