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message 1: by Bette (new)

Bette I ended up enjoying the book despite its many flaws. I thought the Americans' dialogue was particularly awful. The fact that I listened to the audiobook version, with an English reader whose American accent was hideous, didn't help. I liked the stories that took place in the past. The Grania/Matt relationship was not well written, I thought. BTW, if you ever want to play a drinking game with a book, try Twilight. You'll have passed out before the final "Edward chuckled" on the last page!


message 2: by Marcia (new)

Marcia Killingsworth Bette wrote: "I ended up enjoying the book despite its many flaws. I thought the Americans' dialogue was particularly awful. The fact that I listened to the audiobook version, with an English reader whose Americ..."

I tried Twilight... I don't think there's enough alcohol in the world to get me through those books. (smile)

One of my head-desk moments for this one was when the (supposedly) sophisticated, hipster boyfriend asked another male friend "How's it hanging?" Honest to God, I live in rural America, and the men don't say that even here in 2013! I can't begin to wrap my head around the horror of it read by a Brit with a bad U.S. accent.

Thank you, Bette. You have made me laugh out loud.


message 3: by Bette (new)

Bette I did groan a lot as I listened to the dialogue. Interestingly, another Goodreads reader who is Irish complained about the Irish dialogue. You'd think that Riley, who is Irish, could at least get that to sound authentic! As for Twilight, I teach English at a college in a NYC suburb, and we have an Education program. So I teach a YA Lit class periodically. I made the students read Twilight last year in order to discuss why it is so popular. They complained about it, but we had one of our liveliest discussions about it. So that's why I read Twilight. But let's just say I wasn't compelled to read beyond the first book!


message 4: by Sue (new)

Sue What an awesome review! I totally agree. The 'real' got me and the "how's it hanging" made me laugh. Plus, all the 'in depth' decisions and honesty.


message 5: by Deborah (new)

Deborah I enjoyed your review and am warned off this book; thank you. However, I don't find anything wrong with preserving something in aspic. I am old enough to remember when tomato aspic was a dish. (yuck)


message 6: by Marcia (new)

Marcia Killingsworth My mom made terrific tomato aspic, but I don't think she ever *preserved* anything in it. ;)


message 7: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Actually, preserving in aspic is indeed an old culinary method, not that I'd want to use it,


message 8: by Marcia (new)

Marcia Killingsworth Deborah wrote: "Actually, preserving in aspic is indeed an old culinary method, not that I'd want to use it,"

Ewww... :)


message 9: by Tanja (new)

Tanja Berg Since Lucinda Riley's first book is the worst book I've read in at least a decade and probably ever, there isn't a snow ball's chance in hell that I'd pick this up. Everyone else seems to be doing so though, so I thought I might take a glance at some reviews. Based on your review and some others here, it doesn't seem that the writing has improved much from "Hothouse Flower".


message 10: by Marcia (new)

Marcia Killingsworth Tanja wrote: "Since Lucinda Riley's first book is the worst book I've read in at least a decade and probably ever, there isn't a snow ball's chance in hell that I'd pick this up. Everyone else seems to be doing ..."

Tanja, SHE'S HAD *TWO* BOOKS PUBLISHED??? How in the world can that even HAPPEN? Wow. Just wow.


message 11: by Tanja (new)

Tanja Berg That's what I'm asking myself as well. I threw the first book in the paper recycling bin. I couldn't insult my other books by keeping it and it's not the sort of book I could have given away with a good conscience.


message 12: by Marcia (new)

Marcia Killingsworth Well done, Tanya!!!!!!


message 13: by Anissa (new)

Anissa Willette wish I read comments before wasting my time taking from library...


message 14: by Mary (new)

Mary 5 star review!!!!


message 15: by Marcia (new)

Marcia Killingsworth Thanks, Mary.


message 16: by Heidi (new)

Heidi The "how's it hanging" KILLED ME!! Especially when he said it to his girlfriend.


message 17: by Theresa (new)

Theresa Rather harsh comments Marcia but then we are all different. I loved the book and couldn't put it down. Guess if we were all the same the world would be a very dull place :)


message 18: by Laura (new)

Laura Carter I liked 80% of the book but the dialogue was killer! Constantly naming people as they talked, Matt (a supposed uppity, country club, old money guy from New York) calling everyone hon, honey, and babe, the ridiculous cussing, it was all so terribly awkward. And the letter from Aurora at the end had me rolling my eyes while I was reading it. Her character was so ridiculously unrealistic and annoying, she almost made Matt seem likable. I know your review is several years old, but I just finished it 5 minutes ago and agreed with everything you said!


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