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The Price of Innocence Paperback – February 3, 2011
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I normally don't give 1 star reviews, but I refuse to change my rating unless this book gets re-categorized into its proper place as a "historical drama" or simply a "historical novel." The fact that this was deemed a romance was what threw me off kilter. Although the description says that this book "sets the stage" for a lifelong romance... I still can't quite get past this horrible, depressing feeling that's been sitting in my gut from the moment I finished. There wasn't even a balance between the highs and lows - the latter being in the vast majority.
If this author is trying for a Wuthering Heights type of tragedy/devastation romance novel, she's way off the mark. I'll only tolerate this type of dismal storyline in someone with a more finely tuned literary talent like Thomas Hardy.
In any matter... I agree with the others in the one star category - this is not a romance. My recommendation is for anyone wanting to read this series to wait for the last book to come out, then read all of them together. Perhaps that will make this first course leave less of a bitter taste in your mouth.
May 24th: After more consideration, I'm still not changing my review. I keep reading these other reviews speaking of this emotional romance between these characters... but I still can't see it. Emotional, surely... romantic? Heck no. The main character was shallow, juvenile and self-centered, albeit with a bit of a soft spot for the heroine, but still utterly and completely selfish to anything but his own emotional and physical needs. He didn't even see her as a person - a human being with her own needs and wants. That's not love to me... and that's not romance, either.Read more ›
I have never before felt compelled to write a review, but this book makes me want to express my opinion. I disliked all of the characters (except maybe for Philippe), I disliked the storyline, the ending was terrible, and there wasn't enough development of the story or the characters in general. The main characters fall in love, but as a reader, you don't get to experience it. The whole story seemed rushed, and it lacked any genuine emotion. I think this could have been a decent story because of it's unique approach (the heroine/damsel-in-distress being from a brothel is not something you see in romance novels), but overall, it fails miserably.
All the way through this book I thought I knew the path, not!
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