Top critical review
This book was 13 chapters too long.
April 4, 2014
I reluctantly took on the challenge of a book that ran in excess of 800 pages and I guess I was right. The book is replete with repetition as the characters mentally relive and rethink different scenes. For me, the story should have ended after chapter 26, with, perhaps, an epilog to explain the babies' genders. However, I liked the story so hung in there for the additional 13 chapters, (plus epilog) to see if anything useful would happen. *** SPOILER ALERT *** I was disappointed when these additional chapters completely changed the personalities and behaviors of the main characters. The protagonist, Abbi, becomes a whining, self-absorbed shrew. Her husband, the duke, decides to give up his hard-won throne in the hope of drawing her out of her "depression." Then a day or so before all this drama is about to take place, Abbi has a sudden awakening and all goes back to normal, leaving the reader wondering about the necessity of chapters 27 thru 39. I'd advise readers to skip to the end and read the epilog.