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In the hopes of a romance developing, Julia introduces her son Christopher to Katerina. Chris is very attracted to Katerina and hopes to court her slowly. However, due to the severity of the beatings Katerina has to endure at her father's hands it becomes imperative that she be removed from the situation or death is surely imminent. Consequently, Chris elopes with Katerina. The rest of the book pretty much follows the budding romance between the newly weds. The love story between Chris and Katerina is very sweet. He is kind, sensitive, and very patient with her and eventually she begins to open up to him. The story is extremely touching and at times elicited tears from this reader. Katerina is a strong, brave, wonderful heroine and Chris is absolutely wonderful!
The book is well written, although it has the feel of having been written by a fairly new author. She uses all CAPS to emphasize words, which I have never seen in a novel before. I found it a bit disconcerting, in that it somehow interrupted the flow of the story, though not overly so. This was especially true where emphasis was used where, IMO, none was needed. What made it particularly stange is that at times the author appropriately used italics for emphasis, thus indicating she was aware of the correct method. That one minor issue aside, I would definitely recommend this book. I found it to be a very satisfying read.
FYI, as indicated in the book blurb, the book does contain some graphic sexual content. However, the sexual content does not in any way overwhelm the story, nor is it any more graphic than most other historical romance novels written today. Furthermore, IMO, although the love scenes are described, I did not find them to be overly graphic, nor is any crude language used. To be honest, I think a warning about the graphic nature of injuries Katerina suffered at the hands of her father would be more appropriate than the warning about the sexual content. Katerina's injuries are described in some detail and was difficult to read. Moreover, there is one scene where Katerina's father beats her that was also difficult to read.
Readers who are particularly sensitive to the issue of violence against women might find parts of this book especially difficult to read. That being said, I for one, appreciate the author's efforts to create a story that so thoroughly and accurately depicts a period in history when the status as women as mere chattel of men, with no rights, who could be legally subjected to whatever cruelty their fathers and husbands deemed appropriate, was just beginning to be questioned. In that respect, this book is spectacularly done. Happy reading!
The heroine of the story is the daughter of an extremely brutal man. He had beaten his wife and eventually caused her death. Now he drinks and takes pleasure in disciplining his daughter. The daughter becomes friendly with an older women. The woman's husband and son own a cotton mill. The lady takes a strong interest in the heroine and secretly hopes to interest her son in the girl.
The hero meets her and does find her attractive and interesting -- but she is also rather withdrawn in crowds and around men in general. He discovers the abuse she is suffering is escalating, and the only way he can protect her is to marry her. Although the couple isn't sure if what they feel could evolve into love they marry. Her wounds are quite horrible but the hero can see the beautiful woman beneath the scars.
Frankly I didn't find their bedroom antics the least bit romantic or steamy. The dialogue between the two during those scenes was more off putting than a cold shower. Once they are married sex seems to be included in the story often -- just FYI.
The father remains a vague threat, and the couple travels to Italy to see the heroine's grandfather. The grandmother had died a few years ago and the older gentleman has a woman living with him. She is a musician and is jealous of the attention the grandfather is giving to his granddaughter. She flirts with the hero and sets up a stupid contest between herself and the heroine. A sing off of sorts with the grandfather as judge.
Of course the silly tart sings inappropriate songs while the heroine performs ballads that speak of love for her husband. The grandfather privately tells his mistress he is done with her but publicly announces a draw. But the heroine convinces him to forgive the mistress, and we are treated with a glimpse of how the couple make up.
During the boat ride home it is discovered the heroine is pregnant. She has healed physically and emotionally since her marriage to a good man, and the couple do realize they love each other. She is finally more confident about being around numerous people and allows the family to have a party for her. They play a game of hide and seek.
The villainous father shows up and she stands up to him, but he attacks her. The hero manages to save her but she is badly injured. He beats the old guy within an inch of his life. Friends of the hero tell the old guy to take the next boat to America.
There are several days where the heroine drifts between life and death.
This book just wasn't for me. The heroine was sweet and the hero -- well, he was heroic. But the dialogue didn't have a natural feel to it. There was no spark in the main characters -- nothing that could allow me to see them as real people.