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The Price of Innocence Paperback – February 3, 2011

3.6 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Legacy Series

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The Price of Innocence is an extremely well written book, with splendid dialogue. The characters and scenery are vivid in their descriptions and examples.   (4 Cups)  --Coffee Time Romance

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Controversial and historically accurate, The Price of Innocence gives a shocking portrayal of legalized prostitution in France. The business of selling pleasure to men gave rise to some of the most infamous mansions of tolerance, which housed 15,000 prostitutes. Between 1871 through 1903, approximately 155,000 women were card-carrying registered ladies of pleasure in a society where couples married for convenience, but men sought passion from brothels and mistresses.
 
            
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Holland Legacy Publishing (February 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983295905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983295907
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,847,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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That's pretty much the moral of this story.

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.
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What a sad, depressing, disheartening book. I wish I would have known how depressing this book was going to be. The "love story" which was nothing but a "lust story" was terrible. It's about a man wanting, taking and USING another human being. Nothing more. If you want to read about a selfish man and how he hurts an innocent woman, this is for you. If you want to feel good after reading a tender romance, steer clear of this!
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The book was well written and for the majority it seemed like it might be a satisfying read, but after 4 days I am still disgusted with the ending. I wish I had never read this book!! I read romance because I enjoy the Happily Ever After and escape from reality. Unfortunately this book was so depressing I actually felt sick to my stomach. I cannot imagine reading two more books with these characters. I would never recommend this book to anyone and found the three 5 star reviews (at the time of my download) to be misleading! Buyer beware.
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I completely agree with the other "one star" reviewers. This book was a total disappointment. I love romance novels and have been reading them for at least 15 years now, and I think I can honestly say that this is the first one I've read that I truly hate! Romance novels are fairy tales for us grown up women. I enjoy the happily-ever-afters.

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.
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I agree with previous reviews that the book is unique. I can honestly say that I have never read a historical romance that ended the way this one did. The one thing that I feel good about is that the book was free - I would be livid right now if I had actually paid for it. I removed it from my Kindle as soon as I finished it. I am really anxious to read a romance now that is fun and uplifting so I can get rid of the gray cloud of depression that this one left me with.
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For the majority of the book, it was okay. The story line focused more on Suzette, the main female character, than it did on any romance. When the romance does begin, it is disappointing because you never really get a feel of their connection. To make matters worse, when I read the end of the story, I went back and reread it to make sure that it was the end. So disheartening. In my opinion, it was a waste of an afternoon.
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The book is well written and it started out good but the moment they got to england(second half of he book) I really hated it. I hated the main male character, the female character was annoying in the second half as well. The ending sucked too. The two star is for the writers talent...I really didn't like the story and even if the author can write well I hate the story too much to give it any more than that.
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I pretty much read this book straight through! I haven't done that in a long time. Though a very few spots were slow and seemed to just spill out information, the mass portion was engaging and flowed well from one scene to the next. The characters are well rounded and believable, however one instance seemed out of character with the leading man.
All the way through this book I thought I knew the path, not!
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