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message 1: by Hannah (new)

Hannah I'm just not a fan of Raybourn's writing. She makes her characters act in too modern and PC ways for so-called "historical" fiction.

Sorry this didn't work for you :(


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Hannah wrote: "I'm just not a fan of Raybourn's writing. She makes her characters act in too modern and PC ways for so-called "historical" fiction.

Sorry this didn't work for you :("


It's okay. I think I'm done with Raybourn at this point; her limitations as a writer have irked me more with each book. There's a lot better stuff out there.


message 3: by Hana (new)

Hana Not my cuppa, either--thanks for the content warning, Tadiana.


Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Oh. My. That sounds awful.


message 5: by QNPoohBear (new)

QNPoohBear Ooh her books are always much better than that. I knew Delilah was not appealing when I read about her in City of Jasmine. I recommend City of Jasmine and Night of a Thousand Stars which are related but stand alone.


message 6: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Yikes. On the upside, I love your 'cheating cheaters who cheat' shelf.


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Thanks, Ashley. It's a small but meaningful bookshelf for me. :)

Qnpoohbear, I'm glad to hear her other books are better. I read the first three Lady Julia books and liked them pretty well, but each one a little less. I might give Deanna Raybourn another shot some day, but I think we're done with each other for a while.


message 8: by QNPoohBear (new)

QNPoohBear She's working on a new Victorian mystery series. The librarian who recommended the Lady Julia books really liked the one stand alone Victorian gothic book. I haven't read it yet. I loved the descriptive details in the two books set in Syria and I loved that Night of a Thousand Stars was a companion to the Lady Julia books. PC attitudes creep in and annoyed me a little but not enough to ruin the whole book.


message 9: by Amy (new)

Amy S I believe you are the first person I know who hated that stuff too so I feel very validated!! My shame is that I was the fool who finished the damn book even though I hated it lol!! I will have to carry that forever!


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Amy wrote: "I believe you are the first person I know who hated that stuff too so I feel very validated!! My shame is that I was the fool who finished the damn book even though I hated it lol!! I will have to ..."

I wish I were always so good! This one just wasn't grabbing me so it wasn't hard for me to DNF it.


message 11: by Dorcas (new)

Dorcas I've only read one of hers, a prequel type thing but I found it too randy for my tastes and never picked up another.


message 12: by QNPoohBear (new)

QNPoohBear Dorcas wrote: "I've only read one of hers, a prequel type thing but I found it too randy for my tastes and never picked up another."

The Lady Julia Grey books have a lot of sexual tension but they're clean. Married love scene behind clothes doors and hinted at. The 20s novels also have sexual tension and slightly more descriptive love scene but more fade to black than actual descriptive love scene. The only ones I haven't read are A Spear of Summer Grass, The Dead Travel Fast (which a local librarian highly recommends), and Whisper of Jasmine and Far in the Wilds which I've never even heard of...


message 13: by Dorcas (new)

Dorcas The one I picked up was "far in the wilds"


message 14: by QNPoohBear (new)

QNPoohBear Dorcas wrote: "The one I picked up was "far in the wilds""

I haven't read that yet. Thanks for the warning. If you pick up the Lady Julia Grey books just be aware that the crimes are largely sexual in nature and shocking if you're not prepared. The librarian who recommended them to me didn't warn me about the crimes but I got so invested in the characters that I kept reading and got hooked.


message 15: by Linda (new)

Linda Thank you for your review! :)


message 16: by Lyuda (new)

Lyuda Wow, Tadiana, very-very helpful review! I was going to read the book but now, no.


message 17: by D (new)

D Honestly, I thought the same thing, too, when I first picked the book up. It took me three tries to get into it, but now that I'm 3/4 of the way through the book, I'd venture to say it's her best novel yet, and I've read them all. For those of you who are put off reading it because of the reasons stated above, I would strongly suggest you give it a chance. The author doesn't reveal everything in the first chapter and her characters are far deeper than they appear at first glance. Yes, there is some sex, but it's not graphic by any means, and you have to remember, it's the Roaring 20s. Just my opinion. :)


message 18: by Holly (new)

Holly Rose "kind of rapey" - lol LOVE IT


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Holly wrote: ""kind of rapey" - lol LOVE IT"

It's been a while now since I tried to read this, but my recollection is that he was the kind of alpha dude who didn't think "no" was a real answer unless the lady REALLY insisted.


message 20: by Teresa (new)

Teresa Sorry but this sounds like a waste of good paper!!!


message 21: by Jaima (new)

Jaima I really enjoyed the first three Lady Julia Books. But after they got married I was more interested in her fascinating family. I finished Spear of Summer Grass and agree with your assessment. There was another one in this time period she wrote that I liked better and one that I thought was worse. But I can't keep the titles straight. The one I didn't like had Poppy, the one I like had an aviatrix.


message 22: by April (new)

April This came up in my recommendations so thanks for the heads up, next!


message 23: by Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ (last edited Jan 22, 2018 02:30PM) (new)

Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ April wrote: "This came up in my recommendations so thanks for the heads up, next!"

Happy to be helpful. I think nowadays people would also have issues with the whole White Savior thing this book has going, but the casual cheating was what originally put me over the edge.


message 24: by Fred (new)

Fred Shaw Thanks for your review and I too thought about the similarities to Out of Africa and was not into it at all until I read further. I thoroughly enjoyed it because I did.


message 25: by Ruth (new)

Ruth Cuadrado So you left a book because you didn’t agree with the morals of a character? You do know that it’s fiction, right?
And you missed her journey of growth.


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Occasionally - just occasionally - there are characters I find so unpleasant, for whatever reason, that I have no desire to follow them on their literary journey, however fictional. My choice, as legit as any other reading choice readers make on a daily basis.


ϟℬig-Heart ℬ0ok Loverϟ.❥ I really like your review style, Tadiana.


message 28: by Teresa (new)

Teresa Your reviews are always fantastic Tadiana. Last time I looked we were all still entitled to our own opinion!!!


message 29: by Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ (last edited Aug 29, 2018 02:39PM) (new)

Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Thank you, Teresa and kandake! It's always a little headscratching to me when I get comments from strangers who don't like my review of a particular book and feel the need to chide me for reading it wrong. Because it's all opinions, people!


message 30: by Veronica (new)

Veronica Doesn't sound like I'd enjoy this one either. Nice DNF review. :-)


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