- File Size: 1106 KB
- Print Length: 240 pages
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- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (November 24, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 24, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PHX3ANY
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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1. Ben and Ashley didn't actually get together until the 85% mark in the book and even after that there was very little romance happening; there were never any "I love yous" or plans for the future or any thing. I would definitely not consider this a romance.
2. Some of the historical stuff was interesting, but the book was too draggy and dull at times. It should have had half the detail on setting the house up as a public venue (permits, etc. are not interesting reading) and twice as much (or more) romance. At times it seemed more like a manual on the requirements of opening your house to the public than a romance.
3. The Mom. She stole/defrauded over 5 million (I'm assuming pounds, it didn't actually say) from her children. She showed no concern for them or the fact that her actions would make them homeless -- losing a home that had been in the family for hundreds of years. Even after she got caught she continued to steal heirlooms that belonged to the Earl of Crofton. Ben should have gone to the bank immediately and told them that he had not signed the paperwork (she forged his signature) and therefore they were not responsible for the debt (in this country all financial/legal documents require a notarized signature to avoid something like this, I'm assuming England is the same, and the bank didn't require it because they thought they were sucking up to the Earl. Whatever the reason they were negligent and could not hold the Earl responsible for their mistake and his Mother's fraud). If they wanted to prosecute his mother and send her to prison -- good. That's where she belonged and it would certainly help her learn her lesson (the excuse that she hadn't been the same since her husband had died 3 years earlier was weak at best; plenty of people mourn the loss of their spouse without stabbing their children in the back.) At one point when her ongoing theft was discovered Ben threatened to send her away to live with a relative and her response was something to the effect of "no, you can't; this is my home". She didn't care about her supposed home when she gambled it away.
4. Ashley's sudden about face with no supporting facts. Throughout the book Ashley had said he wasn't ready for, and didn't want, a long term relationship. He would be happy with short term sex with Ben, but nothing more and then suddenly, with no evidence at all that he had a change of heart, he's saying he had wanted to seduce the Earl into a one night stand and then try and convince him to turn it into more nights and eventually a relationship. That was confusing -- it was opposite of everything he had said throughout the book. Characters are certainly allowed to change their minds, but I want to see some of his thought processes along the way that caused him to change his mind. Not just a sudden about face.
Things I liked:
1. Ben. He was very endearing (other than his wimpy stance on his Mother's crime); you wanted him to find his happily ever after (which is why the lack of romance is even more disappointing).
2. The seemingly miraculous discovery that solved all their financial problems (theoretically -- another complaint would be that they ended the book before the auction, so we never get to know if the folio sold and for how much. If I owned something like that I wouldn't relax until I actually had the money in my hands; until then it could be destroyed or stolen, so the author does the reader a disservice by not following through with the sale before the end of the book). I read for escapism and don't want to be bothered with pesky, real life problems like money struggles, so it's nice to know that all of Ben's financial problems would be solved once the folio sold.
3. Some of the historical info. Whenever I've seen those huge British houses on TV, I've always wondered what it was like to live in something so large and historical and through some of the detail in this book we got a little bit of an idea of what it would be like.
All in all it wasn't an awful book, but it definitely won't go in my re-read pile
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