Davenport House 7: Hard Times (Volume 7) 1st Edition
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- Item Weight : 6.9 ounces
- Paperback : 172 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1946413054
- ISBN-13 : 978-1946413055
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 0.43 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Marie Silk Publishing; 1st Edition (August 3, 2017)
- Reading level : 13 - 18 years
- Language: : English
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- #1,251 in Teen & Young Adult 20th Century United States Historical Fiction
- #104,842 in Teen & Young Adult Literature & Fiction
- #739,427 in Textbooks
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The way these books are set up is unrealistic & frustrating. You really can't read only one--not because they are good, but because they aren't truly complete/standalone books. They're way too short, & I disliked her charging for each one because you can read the whole "series" in part of a day. It really should have been 1 book or maybe 2-3, not 7.
The series is wildly unrealistic to the point of absurdity. Characters die left & right, not because of the era (WWI or the Spanish flu), but because the author seems to thrive on drama. To make this even more like a soap opera, the romances are practically incestuous--everyone seems to have dated, married, or been engaged to everyone else. The author elevates one character into a ridiculous position--she is so "goody two-shoes" that she's too good to be true (to the point of being annoying), and to top it off, she also has ESP!
The author's decision about how to handle the plot leaves much to be desired. She'll often skip major events & just fast-forward ahead by months or years. It's as if she, herself, is tired of writing & wants to rush ahead. You can imagine how this makes a reader feel. Key story parts are completely omitted, making this a poor read.
I gave this book 3 stars, which is 60%, because the books COULD have been really good--the premise was solid, & they had the potential to be great. I wish the author had a decent editor or was one herself--the series is riddled with grammatical & usage errors (She asks someone to be "discrete," which she intends to mean keeping a confidence but "discrete" means separated into parts--she clearly meant "discreet.") Her understanding of sentence structure & how to use commas is lacking: she has sentences like "I will open the my clinic" (This isn't an exact quote, but it's VERY close to what she wrote.) It could have been a really good series, had the author made each book a true standalone item, rather than making it impossible to follow ridiculous plot twists without reading the whole series. It was probably intentional to want people to buy/read the full series, but this felt like a set up--people should buy/read more because a book was so good that they WANT to continue, not because they're left hanging with a book that doesn't stand on its own merits.
It was also very disappointing that the author basically made this series a soap opera--she had plenty of real, historical dramatic material she could have used without resorting to books that are so bizarre & ridiculous, they read like a really bad version of Twin Peaks. Even daytime dramas are more believable.
If the author had taken the time to make each book good in its own right & provided good descriptions (of the period, surroundings, people, etc.), the series would have been 100% better. As it is, all we really know about the house, where most events take place, is how many rooms it has, that the library is big, and that 1 room has silk bedding. All we know about the primary female protagonists is their heritage (sort of--very barebones), very inadequate descriptions of them, & that 1 of them is basically an angel on earth with super powers (another unnecessary layer of drama). This book is so hard to classify: is it historical fiction, a mystery, romance, drama? It seems that the author may be vying for it to be all those things, but in doing so, she doesn't really accomplish any of them. There are no real romantic scenes--the characters' relationships, even (or maybe especially) after marriage, are nearly antiseptic. It's also hard to see the "angel on earth" character completely displace another woman (who had been a good friend & servant for years to the main character). If the author had stuck with the premise of the first book & provided more detail, character development, & less drama, this could have been a good work of historical fiction. As it is, it's a mess. It's sad because the potential was there, but when a reader feels like the writer is trying to rush through a book, it's off-putting & feels like maybe this wasn't truly the labor of love that it could/should have been. It's so unclear why the author ends each book when she does--it feels like a tv show that ends mid-episode without any closure. I realize the point of a series is to make the reader want more & to follow a character's development/experiences, but that's not how this felt. Disappointing, especially considering how good these books COULD have been.
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I am so happy I kept reading!