- File Size: 5164 KB
- Print Length: 254 pages
- Publication Date: February 15, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007ZJC2DC
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,256 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Love Me Always: Victorian Romance (Fielding Brothers Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I would this novel 4 stars instead of only 3 were it not for the fact that it seemed to drag on for an eternity. Most of the action happens either in the first two chapters or the last. The entire middle of the novel seems to have no other purpose than to torture us into waiting longer for resolution.
Regardless, I will go on to the next book in the series (which I also downloaded for free). There is a sweetness to the author's writing that I appreciate. Although this book is decidedly steam-free, it does not lack romance. Some reviewers have categorized this as a Christian romance. I wouldn't call it that. There are mentions of God and the heroine's father is fond of quoting Bible verses, but that's nothing out of the ordinary for the time period involved. I would just classify this as a "sweet" romance, leaning towards the wholesome side. Those of you offended by graphic love scenes should be very pleased with the lack of them in this story.
There are several books in this series and when I downloaded this one, nearly all of them were free. I'll most likely make my way through the entire series--just because I'm curious of how and when the other brothers will find their love matches as well.
I enjoyed reading this little book. It was a book of contrasts. On one end is Catherine, a sweet young middle class girl from a dysfunctional home and on the other is Grant Fielding, a creepy well-to-do duke, old enough to be Catherine's father, who is raising three of his grown nephews. Catherine is a normal 19-year-old pitted against her crazy, controlling father and his equally controlling friend. It's a wonder she ended up with the right guy!
Usually in mysteries, I can guess the culprit within a few sentences, but this one surprised me. I guessed the identity of the murderer faultily, two times. Nobody seemed to have a clear motive except the two people I guessed wrongly.
I did, however, guess Uncle Grant's real intentions fairly early in the book. It was just too transparent not to. Despite Catherine's confusion about Grant, that part of the book seemed crystal to me.
I enjoyed the plot of this sweet little book. I enjoyed the delicious hints of insanity and intrigue. I wanted more closure, though. I wanted to know why Catherine's own father thought she was insane. He and his motives and reasoning needed to be developed a little better. Marie kept intimating that Sofia was thought crazy, but it was always unclear why. That should have been more clear.
More than that, I wanted to know what the villain's motive for murdering so many people was. Sure he thought they were evil, but there should have been some other all-powerful trigger. Instead, we never really know anything, other than that he thinks evil-doers need to be punished and knows his Bible.
I wanted to know what happened to Catherine's father after it was all over. Did she invite him to the wedding? Did he finally come to the knowledge that he had been drastically wrong? Repercussions? All we know is he was beaten up.
The question of whether a person is completely sane or not has plagued people for years. In the late 1700's and 1800's the subject was coming to a head. People were being shipped off to newly installed mental institutions, often willy-nilly. A person could be dumped into an institution for incredibly spurious reasons including the hatred, greed, and/or ignorance of the person recommending it. Drug use was rising astronomically. Opiates were openly touted as panaceas for anything from unsettled nerves to mild indigestion, making a diagnosis of insanity an easy stretch.
I was amazed that Catherine got off as easily as she did with the insanity accusation. I would think she would have had an examination by at least one doctor, be he quack or otherwise, especially if her mother were suspected of being mad.
This book was a pleasant read. It would, however, have benefited by a better editor and a little more research on life in the 1800's. There are some instances when Marie used the wrong word or the characters did something uncharacteristic of a person in that time period.
I enjoyed the book and would be interested in reading more of Marie's books.
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Unfortunately, I was deceived by the beauty of the outside, and found something less than beautiful inside the covers.
It was reasonably well conceived with regards to the plot, but was badly let down by the research, or apparent lack of it by the author. There were more holes in it than a Swiss cheese.
The author seriously needs to go back to the drawing board, undertake some research, and fix the errors.
The grammar and punctuation was also poor. In fact, there was so much wrong with it that I struggled to finish, and completely gave up on my list of errors/bug bears. I would say that 30% was affected.
I awarded 1 star for the actual content, and 1 star for the cover - thank goodness they picked that cover!
I won't be reading any more of the series, and I won't be adding it to my Review by Series list either.