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Dawn on a Distant Shore by Sara Donati
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Apr 06, 2012

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Well! The thing I like best about a good romance novel is - DETAIL! I like McNaught's for the same reason. All the characters are portrayed so thoroughly, emotions are whipped, situations are usually explained in such great detail and of the lead characters makes a major decision and the plot takes a twist. Donati's are different here. Its an almost predictable plot, with almost unwavering characters, steadfast in decisions and all of that. Its usually the situations that play a major role in her books. The first of this series 'Into the wilderness' was an absolute delight to read. It was a different angle in historical romance, had all the excitement of the 'Hunger games' and the whole idea was novel. But 'dawn on a Distant Shore' treaded on the familiar waters for any historical romance reader and lost its edge. It was long (believe me..nothing brings me more joy than long and detailed romance novels) and winding (thats where it lost its charm).

Personally, I believe the book could have been written in two parts. Until they find the babies on board and then another part about reaching Scotland and all of it. Although it is nice to know a little about what the author wants to do with her sequels, this went overboard. There was just too much emphasis on Hannah's character and the main characters went drab with a little too much insipid romance thrown in without the actual preceding chemistry or reason. And that is the success mantra of romantic novels, isn't it? Romance with a reason and chemistry?

I ended up with a 3 star score for this otherwise 1.5/2 book because the effort the author put in making motherhood look interesting (atleast in the first half of the book).
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