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Beholden Paperback – March 28, 2017
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Only one character engaged me - the little "Colonel". He is a charmer, albeit somewhat perfect for a child that age. Even so, I liked his unguarded optimism.
His parents, on the other hand, didn't convince me of anything - from the Big Misunderstanding, the six-year separation, the reconciliation, and so on and so on.
The h and H weren't the only unconvincing characters or plot devices. I could never understand, for example, the inclusion of the American family or the much-mentioned arsenal - I kept waiting for their significance to emerge, but to no avail.
Ditto for the mention of the elderly Duke and his young wife. It kept looking like they might become important characters - but then zilch.
On the plus side, I liked the cover design for the Kindle version and I also liked the title. In fact, I was drawn to the story by the cover, the title and the plot summary provided by Amazon.
Unfortunately, Beholden did not live up to its apparent potential.