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- Print Length: 240 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0997116005
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Sagitta Press; 2 edition (June 23, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 23, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00Y7I7CKM
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,173 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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*** SPOILER ALERT****
There was some lovely writing in this story although it did take a while for the actual story to get started – there seemed to be a lot of information dump in the beginning. Archer spent an enormous amount of words describing the heroine’s history and plain looks when perhaps a more active approach could have been used to hook readers.
My biggest complaint was that I did not like the heroine, Mary Wilkins. Perhaps Archer wanted me to sympathize with Mary because she was so plain when the men were so attractive (including Mary’s brother Thomas), but I thought Archer could have engaged my feelings another way: perhaps used the Lawton family to belittle Mary? Mostly, I was troubled by Mary’s fickle attitude: she claimed to love John, yet when she thinks he’s engaged to one of the Lawton girls, Mary almost hooks up with Sam, a local landowner. Call me old-fashion (You’re old-fashioned!), but I don’t like my hero/heroine to go past second base with other characters. Not to say I haven’t read it before, but the author (for example: “Worth Any Price” by Lisa Kleypas) has to submit a very good reason that the hero is having sex with someone other than the heroine. That being said, Mary jumping from one hot clinch to Sam’s…AND then, back to John’s…left me with an icky feeling. And later, Mary hugs Sam like they’re good friends. Uh…awkward.
My other big complaint was Archer using the ol’ “failure to communicate” instead of developing a real conflict. Miscommunication does not equal conflict. Mary thinks that John is going to propose to one of the Lawton girls and then keep Mary on the side as his mistress. Later, Lord Lawton lies about an engagement and John lets himself get wrapped in the lie. He doesn’t spend the time to clear the miscommunication, which made me very frustrated with him and Mary. Ugh. Mary’s running away from John also made me dislike her. I thought she was smarter than that, but her actions speak louder than words.
Overall, I had problems with structure and plot of the story. Good writing, unfortunately, did not save this story for me. One thing I do admire about Archer is she introduced readers to other interesting characters (that I hope get their own story) in very subtle ways. Sometimes the first book in a series spends too much time setting up future conflicts or world-building, but Archer applies a light touch with her character introductions and leaves future conflicts rather vague. I might give another of her books a read with hopes her plotting improves.
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