- File Size: 696 KB
- Print Length: 282 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Avid Press (January 8, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 8, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AZR2ZVK
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Lily on the Heath (Medieval Romance) (The Medieval Herb Garden Series Book 4) Kindle Edition
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A fairly typical medieval romance with all the requisites for that genre. There’s a high emotional quotient which I enjoyed. If you’re going to read historical romance, that’s the best feature. So good point there… There were knights in shining armor aplenty, pretty ladies at court, and a bunch of guys swing swords around sans covering. I was left with a grin on my face for all that.
The author incorporated a feature into her work I found above and beyond and that was how much she put into her general research and period details. I felt she took the time to get the historical figures and their personalities right; reading Judith’s struggle as she was caught in the eternal war between Henry and Eleanor was heartbreaking to say the least. There were times where the dialogue and language choices used were a bit over the top and did seem forced at times. Yet, that wasn't often enough to distract me more than a few times.
However, there was one feature of this historical romance that really sucked my enjoyment down the toilet overall. The use of the misunderstandings and assumptions are a regular feature in historical romance; its presence should be expected to some degree. But this book takes it to a whole new level. Most of the overall drama and emotional pull of the book was based on this plot device, to the point that several times I wished I could just set these two people down and force them to have an actual conversation.
So at the end of the day, the heavy, heavy use of the misunderstandings/assumption plot device to drive most of the novel destroyed my overall enjoyment. Even the emotional resonance of the romance was hurt by this heavy usage, especially since a lot of the emotions were derived from it. I enjoyed the historical details and some of the emotional pull (after all, I did cry a few times), but if you’re in the market for a medieval romance, I’d look elsewhere.
The characters are well written. I loved having the peeks into both Judith and Malcolm's inner dialogues. As a plus, I felt what would normally be written as a "sex" scenes were done so well as to be more "loving intimacy" scenes, which played well in the story.
Thank you Colleen. I just wish you could write as fast as I read.
each. Life in this time period was anything but "the age of chivalry".
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