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The Kitchen Marriage (A Montana Brides Romance Book 2) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
BECCA WHITHAM (WIT-um) Multi-published author, paper crafter, and Chai tea lover, Becca and her twelve-foot-long craft cabinet follow her husband of more than thirty years to wherever the army currently needs a chaplain. In between moves from one part of the country to the other, she writes stories of faith that touch the heart. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a Genesis Contest finalist. Connect with her online at BeccaWhitham.com. --This text refers to the mass_market edition.
- File size : 1270 KB
- Publisher : Zebra Books (September 25, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Print length : 368 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication date : September 25, 2018
- ASIN : B078QRW28R
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #596,773 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In addition, I found the anachronisms a total deal-breaker, as that’s pet peeve of mine. If you’re going to write a historical novel, please research that era and make your facts and environment match. The story is set in 1887 in Helena, Montana, right after the peak of the gold money influx. (Helena was settled in 1864 as a gold rush camp.) At times it feels as if The Kitchen Marriage set further back in time, although I do realize horse and buggies were still used, but the whole preponderance of brothels and that being a major theme, plus some of the other elements felt as if the authors were aiming for an old-West sort of vibe and it’s in the description that Zoe goes to the frontier.
At other times, the vernacular and circumstances were too modern. I was dealing with it until the whole conversation about a magazine recommending “old poop” and the whole poop discussion that followed. Poop is a modern word that would have come into use later than the book was set and its use in a conversation would have been low-class and vulgar until very recent times. There were other anachronisms, such as what you could go grab at the local grocery in a town of the size and time of 1800s Helena, Montana. And the same goes for the frequent use of “red light district.” That term came into use later than the book was set. I’d cite more, but my Kindle lost all my highlights and it’s not worth going back to try to find everything anachronistic.
My take: A very slow read with multiple unlikable characters, an annoying dialect, and multiple anachronisms. After the “poop” incident, I ended up skimming to the end, just pausing to read scenes here and there. Overall, not a book I’d recommend, although I might try another book by these authors, with the caveat that I would drop it if there was another awkward dialect. (It works so much better when an author simply tells us someone said something in a dialect, preferably from a witness’s thoughts about it, and then uses normal speech, which we can infer is said with an accent.)
I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the publisher through NetGalley. My opinions are my own.
Jacob is excited when he says Zoe. She was beautiful, graceful and I think he may have hit the jackpot. I did not feel any connection between him and Zoe through the entire story. At times the story seemed to drag and become repetitive. When Jacob's twin brother enters the story I had figured out what would happen. Isaac is very different from his brother. Isaac is arrogant, rude and just plain unfriendly. I wanted to know more about Jacob, but the story seemed to focus on Isaac more. That confused me since the book was about a mail order bride which Jacob was looking for. I didn't like all the deceit going on between characters and hoped for more of how Jacob comes to court Zoe to woe her over. I wanted the story to not focus so much on how beautiful Zoe was. It was almost prideful to read that because she was beautiful she would make the perfect bride.
The story does pick up towards the end and I enjoyed the intrigue that developed as we learn of something illegal going on in the town. I was pleased with who Zoe ended up with, but it was a bit obvious with the not so subtle hints throughout the book. Overall a pleasant read, but a little long winded at times.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.