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Plus one star for the characters, who were likable. Plus one for the side-characters who were adorable. And, plus one star for the plot, which was perhaps too predictable, but a book always needs a villain.
Minus one for the absolute lack of tension between the hero and heroine. I'm not even talking about the lack of sex. Sex doesn't necessarily a good romance novel make. But if their relationship could be summarized in one word it would either be lackluster or tepid or maybe lukewarm. There is no physical attraction between them that is believable. This isn't personal, but for anyone who has ever felt the thrill of love there are many ways to describe passion, aside from actually using the word "passion." The lines are just fed to us.
That comes to the biggest minus in this book. All the lines are simply fed to us. There is a lot of description in this book, and not in the best sense. For example: "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood...." is much easier on the eyes than "The road split in two at the fork. The leaves in the trees were yellow."
My next point in the writing style is that there was nothing amusing or witty in the dialogue and a lot of it was simply filler, to make the book longer, and repetitive. Words are used to tell the story, not just to fill in blank space.
Also, the sentence structure suggests that either 1) the author doesn't have a great grip on the English language to use anything other than ordinary words, 2) the author is "dumbing it down" for an audience meant to be more Young Adult (although I've read some brilliantly prosed YA novels - Harry Potter, Divergent, Hunger Games - and this wasn't one of them), 3) the author hasn't read enough literature to get a feel for really good story telling. (Reading Jane Austen isn't enough, because no one can emulate Aunt Jane)
As much as I like verse woven into literature (Tolkien), and tales woven into epic poetry (Homer, Dante, Blake) and as much as I love poetry (Thoreau, Byron, Wordsworth, Keats, Shakespeare) the poetry references and inserts here were, at best, distracting. For one, the author chose obscure excerpts from poets to fit the mood or uses other people's words to convey meaning into an otherwise meaningless chapter. The author also chose some of the more lackluster sonnets from Shakespeare, which is disappointing. With all the references to love as an ideal, you would think the author would sprinkle Sonnet 73 or 116 in there.
Last, the author's own attempts at poetry were too strained, too forced, and sadly, beyond the author's capabilities. Limericks are not good poetry: not all good poetry rhymes. Since the author doesn't have a great command of the English language, trying to mold it into its highest form (poetry) was, I hate to say it...laughable. The effort is clearly there, and it's a unique concept in a romance novel, but the execution by this author makes the heroine's ambition really what she hated to categorize it as: a hobby -- an unpracticed one at that.
So in the end, the author's writing style may be the result of a novice novelist, but unfortunately writing style is not something you can fix. The editing didn't help either, as there were hanging sentences and orphaned quotation marks floating here and there on my Kindle pages. If the author can find a way not to use such plain language that constantly feeds us facts as opposed to letting us feel the story for ourselves, the prose will start to flow much better than this author's poetry.
A Convenient Pretense is firstly, an enchanting, bright, charming, well-plotted, and deeply moving sweet-romance novel. Readers will immediately fall in love with the characters: Emily and Marcus, who star in this character-driven story.
In most ordinary and category romance novels, the internal problem comes from the hero or heroine. You can be certain Elaine Violette didn't intend A Convenient Pretense ordinary when she decided the male and the female both are hesitant to embrace true love, and with good cause. As you would expect, with these and other difficulties to surmount, Violette gives us an entertaining, highly satisfying novel that is a pure delight to read.
In order to keep her fans of Regal Reward, her first Regency romance, at attention as well as to attract readers of other genres, she carefully weaves into this beautifully written love story: mystery, suspense, lies, deceit, and attempted murder. The words chosen by this talented writer will force your mind to imagine: to hear the words and understand their richness, and to see the milieu, faces, and activities those words describe.
This fast paced, charming debut sparkling with witty dialogue and engaging characters make the talented author, Elaine Violette, slotted for stardom.
Note: I just saw the cover for Violette's next novel, A Kiss of Promise, my Kindle Fire is all excited.
Shirley G Webb
Award winning author of children's books, historical young-adult, and contemporary adult novels
Emily lives in a world of peace and poetry, her views on marriage influenced by her parents union. I found her rebellious character intriguing, her fate was something I needed to discover. Marcus is a young man who relishes freedom and fears losing it. When the two meet in London more than a Convenient Pretense will ensue.
If you love reading a book where you are compelled to keep reading pages filled with wonderful characters, surprising twists, internal struggles, romance and betrayal then A Convenient Pretense is definitely for you.
Congratulations Elaine Violette you have successfully created a captivating plot with memorable characters who will live on in my mind. Highly recommended.
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