- Publisher: Diamond Books (1994)
- ISBN-10: 0261665006
- ISBN-13: 978-0261665002
- ASIN: B002B1D69S
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
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Emerald Queen Paperback – 1994
Top Customer Reviews
I am looking forward to reading the other books alluded to in her biography. The Bride Price
I was lured into purchasing this book because of the rave reviews on here. Boy, have I been thoroughly disillusioned. Where to begin?
How about the lack of a cohesive plot? I emphasize "cohesive" because there was a plot; in fact many many...many plots horizontally and vertically, all well developed, and haphazardly stapled together. I didn't mind the horizontal plots (plots happening simultaneously) but the vertical plots were poorly designed. They were too well developed. By "well developed" I mean I had completely ceased to care about that particular protagonist and a comeback was little too late. I appreciate plot twists but this was not a good case. Instead I felt like a fish on a line with Karen (the author) wielding the rod. She flips the line overhead to the left, just when the boat floor is rushing towards my beady fish eyes and I am resigned to my fate, she jerks the line to the right. I am disoriented but getting used to the sensation, this time I hit the boat floor and I think "okay this is it", but no, Karen, just for the sheer hell of it, begins to twirl the line around and dance a jig. By the end of the ordeal I back to the left end of the boat floor, dazed and confused.
Another issue I had was with the characters equating lust with love. The first hero "A" believes he loves the heroine after a single lustful bout of hide and seek. No conversations. No sharing. No caring. By the way, one does not count "no leave me alone" kiss* kiss* slap* as heart-binding exchanges. And this set the trend for the slew of other "in love" heroes. There was too much emphasize on beauty. There were lust triangles involving the heroine and so on and so forth. This lent fickleness to the love stories. There are no soul-mates in this book.Read more ›
I don't have much of an acquaintanceship with this era and setting, but I do believe that the main character, Simone is way too assertive for the time period, even given her uncharacteristic upbringing. Hiding out as a boy, learning to fence, befriending a Madame, and then still fitting in Society... no, I don't think so. Still, she's fun to read about.
None of the male characters were "worthy" of her, of course, and the villain is barely even a character... more of a one-note sketch (and there was no reason given as to why he was so obsessed with her.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed reading this story. It was totally believable. I loved the characters involved. The setting was tremendous. The shipping business exciting.Published 5 months ago by Pauline J Louchren
Very well written. I loved the heroine. I felt I was in the story. I was disappointed there was not an epilogue.Published 10 months ago by rdamom
I really enjoyed this book! It had a couple twists and turns! It kept me engaged and interested the whole time!Published 10 months ago by Rebecca
This is one of those books that I picked up on a whim, started reading and purposely tracked down a copy to own because something about the story and adventure resonates with your... Read morePublished 11 months ago by M
Usual predictable, but well written and easy to read. I liked it as it was priced right. Thanks author, Amazon and I believe ManyBooks this time.Published 14 months ago by Aminuts
I had not read this Vieux Carre` romance kind of book before. I liked it a lot.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer