- File Size: 2859 KB
- Print Length: 256 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Kelly McClymer Books (March 30, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 30, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01D941B0G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Galatea's Revenge Kindle Edition
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I did like the way the story, instead of being in strictly chronological order, would give glimpses of their history periodically throughout the story. Not in your typical flashback fashion, but similar.
One thing that really bugged me was the timeline. They were married in 1850 and the story ended in 1863. They continuously referred to the fact that they had been married for 15 years. This kind of threw off the timeline of events that happened during the story. They referred to something that happened when she was 16 and said that they'd been married 6 years, when this timeline would indicate 4 years. And we were clearly told they married when she was 12. There were a number of happenings where the events didn't line up.
*Possible spoiler alert*
I also thought that there would be more remorse from the hero. He really wasn't very likeable throughout the entire book. There was a HEA, but with no declaration of love by either main character. Not a typical romance. I'm guessing the author was leaving room for growth in the relationship, but it didn't work for me.
There were also a good many typos in the book, which were distracting for me. A few times I had to re-read a sentence that didn't make sense because of missing or extra words.
This is the story of dear sweet Elspeth and the ever arrogant Damian and their relationship through the years. A forced marriage when they were both very young brought them together. Damian's arrogance kept them apart. Elspeth's sweetness brought them together.
Once I read the first page, I was immediately drawn in to the story and just kept on reading until I was finished. I highly recommend it!
I would recommend this book, and will definitely be reading more from this author! I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review, but I won't tell you it's good and well written if it isn't.
At first I had wondered why the book was called Galatea's Revenge when the MC's name was Elspeth. But Galatea (aka "Gal") is the name Elspeth uses in London as an adult.
We first meet Elspeth when she is 12 years old. Her parents are deceased, and her grandmother is her guardian. She has already become a pickpocket. Food is scarce and money is even scarcer.
Before he died, Elspeth's father saved the life of Lord William Winterline, Earl of Grayboke, and in gratitude, the Earl had pledged his son to Elspeth. So, here's a 12 year old grubby pickpocket, home from a long day's pick-pocketing, to find herself married (they came equipped with a parson) at 12 years of age to a 17-year old Earl's son, who hates her.
Ten years later, the old Earl is dead, and Damian (the erstwhile 17 year old), now 27 has become Earl. He tells her that their marriage was not legal, as no banns were read previous to the ceremony. He further states that he wants to stow her away in a far corner of Wales - but it's a nice cottage and she will have a staff of servants. She does not want to go to Wales; she wants to take 'lessons' so she can learn to live on the streets of London again. Damian think's she's nuts and I'm hard pressed not to agree with him!
I'm not going to talk any more about the plot, because I don't want to spoil it for you!
This was my first read by Ms. McClymer. Then I looked on GoodReads, where she has 30 (count 'em, t.h.i.r.t.y.) distinct works. I'm going to be very busy because I am going to read every single one of them, even though it may take months or years.
Kelly McClymer is a masterful (mistressful?) winder of tales. The reading was effortless on my part, kind of like I was riding through london in a carriage, doing the 'royal wave' to the regular folks on the sidewalks. The story flowed wonderfully and I was totally carried away! (Sorry, Calgon.)
Ms. McClymer has 'officially' made it onto my list of Top 10 Favorite Authors, and might be in the top 5! So if you are looking for a top-notch historical romance, I highly recommend Galatea's Revenge by Kelly McClymer!
(Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.)