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Didn't Hate It But Didn't Care Much For It Either
on February 28, 2014
I am really torn between giving this book a 1 star rating or a 2 star rating. Since I didn't hate it 2 stars. Under amazon's rating system 1 stars means "I hate it" and 2 stars mean "I don't like it." I have read several books written by Ms. Holt but this is the first one that I didn't like. The little mystery surrounding the hunter's moon, the scenes involving Aunt Patty, Violet and the characters and activities at Daisy's school are the factors that saved this book from a 1 star rating.
What I Didn't Like:
First, the pace was too slow especially at the beginning. Secondly, it was inconceivable that a 18 or 19 year old English virgin would set off unaccompanied to look for a man who was little more than a stranger because "he intrigued" her. Thirdly, it was untenable and quite irritating enough that the heroine would be romantically inclined towards a boorish, selfish and controlling man who fathomed that rape would cure her of her objections to him, but her falling madly in love with and marrying him was absurd. Moreover, this guy even suggested that she first have his child and if he was a boy he would then marry her. Come on, this guy showed no concern for her reputation or her chosen vocation. No matter how the author tried to make him appear likable or a good man near the end he simply wasn't. This guy was a cad and a spoiler of women. As a result, their union was neither romantic nor an acceptable outcome. I disliked this aspect of the story so much that I began skipping chunks of dialogue involving the heroine and this sickening man and her thoughts about him. I couldn't stand to read it.