- File Size: 1140 KB
- Print Length: 218 pages
- Publisher: Merlin Press LLC; 2 edition (December 7, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 7, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006JRO9WS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,944 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Hands of Time (The Hands of Time: Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This book, however is a huge disappointment. While the overall storyline is interesting, the overall plot is full of predictable and silly situations: The heroine goes back in time to a castle where two handsome, eligible brothers vie for her attention....not very original. Big surprise, there's a ball, and of course, the heroine is the most beautiful woman there in an exquisite gown which matches the color of her violet eyes, which of course, was purchased by one of the handsome brothers. And on go the silly predictable scenes.
Worst of all, I felt as some of the other reviewers: The "romantic" scenes are overdone and crude at best. These scenes almost seem added after the fact and not in keeping with the characters involved, much less the historical period. One of the reviewers commented something like they are 'constantly at it'. I felt this way as well.
I had to put the book down about three quarters of the way through it. Rather than it being a book that I couldn't put down, this is one, I can't pick back up.
I agree with many of the reviewers with the lower star ratings: Yes, it is cliché, predictable, even silly, historically poorly researched and cheaply and crudely romanticized. I wanted to love this book, but for me, it just didn't live up to all the great reviews it received.
I'm quite sure if I had read a sample of it, as I do with all my kindle purchases, I would never have purchased this. Then again, it was only $2.99 and as they say, " You get what you pay for".
The story is nicely done, things happen to rev up quickly! Lots of possibilities for further books based on side characters. I would be interested in more about Bridget...what happens with her? Her children? I really think that there could be a good story there.
History wise I loved it! To involve treason & torture, described with little hesitation was interesting to read. Sea travel was done well & the mode of time travel was quite different.
I noticed a lot of typos or names being flipped, and that disturbed the flow of my reading, otherwise I would have probably given this book a 4 star rating.
I don't this it is necessary to dwell overmuch on the historical timeline and any deviation that may arise from someone who reads this and picks at nits. After all folks, it's fiction.