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With Proud Humility Paperback – September 21, 2011
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About the Author
Jess was born in the quaint village of Woodbridge, has spent some of her childhood in the States and now resides in the beautiful Roman city of Bath. She lives with her husband Phil and her very dapsy cat, Pleaides. Jess can often be found either in a cafe, grinning behind a large mug of hot chocolate, at her desk, getting annoyed with her cat for sitting on her keyboard, or on her comfy corner sofa with friends, enjoying her high definition tv and surround sound system.
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Though the dialogue may seem somewhat stilted to some. It is set in the colonial era and is a period piece. The author did a very good job keeping the dialogue in that period. Not only that, but she took a female lead character and made her a powerful, wily and fully capable force to be reckoned with in an era when women, even certain levels of nobilty, were seen as little more than property and means to an heir. The way Marie gamed the Victorian/Colonial era societal structure was both inventive and thouroughly satisfying.
I honestly don't know why this book would be billed as a romance, all good stories will have an element of romance to them, that that's what Jess Mountifield has turned out: A Good Story.
But, Mike? Seems like you loved it, why only 4 stars?
Well, I don't want to give anything away, but it's plain to see that the author was in Marie's head. She is a well defined and whole character, very compelling and very believable in that way. I only wish she would've gotten into some of the other character's minds that way. Some of the secondary characters almost seem like set dressing at times. Mountifield tells the story in a limited 3rd person view. To this reader at least, it would have be better served as told through a 1st person view point. That would've solved a lot of the issues with lack of knowledge of Marie's adversaries and allies motivations.
The sticking point: Marie is an avid poker player, this reader is not. To someone that enjoys playing cards in a competitive manner, the level of detail and strategy put into the card games in the novel would be an added bonus, to me it was tedious at times. I only wish the author would've put the same level of detail into some of the battles in the book. The end was open enough to suspect a sequel or possible series. I'd look for it based on this work.
Overall, a good read, and highly recommended.
I also enjoyed the love story and the way the author made the men on board protecting a female gentlemen. It was nice to read about men who even when confronted with temptation on the high seas took the high road.
I enjoy books about the high seas with pirates, a hunt for the elusive treasure and of course the romance. The writer did a great job with the jargon of that era. The "falchion" and the "cutlass" were great sword descriptions and also at poker betting so many "pieces of eight". Good research there!
I did feel that some of the characters could have been better portrayed with a little more description - young, old, short, tall? Especially Marie's father could have been a bit more prominent. But the story itself by far overshadowed this minor discrepancy.
This is a good story told very well. Author Mountifield sets a new standard on adventure stories and crafts characters like they are people we know. This is a nonstop high seas adventure with a powerful female leading character.
This book achieves a level of quality that earn a 5 star rating. Buy this book and get ready for a tale with pirates, lost maps, a hidden treasure horde, danger and intrigue. This is one of the books you won't want to put down. This would be one author to follow for future books as well.
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