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The dialogue was sketchy and we were told. rather than shown. We were only made privy to the protagonists' thoughts on a very superficial level, e.g., he's "beautiful," she has "fine eyes."
All we knew of Banallt was that he was married, a roaring rake, thought marriage vows were nonsense, marriage to the "right woman" would make all the difference, and he loved his small daughter. It was mentioned that his wife had died. When his daughter later died, he visited Sophie offering her carte blanche. She was insulted, of course. Then he went to Paris and had an epiphany.
Sophie was bitter and couldn't make up her mind. She hated her rat of a dead husband, Tommy, yet still clung to her grand love. She irritated me. And, of course, the rotten dead husband hung on till the end.....a trope that's overused and as tired as I am.
I suppose the plot was Banallt, the new man, wooing distrustful Sophie to marry him. Why? She disliked him, considered him a more lethal version of Tommy. They'd met four (4) times (the flashbacks) during two of which he had propositioned her. He "wanted her" and she had "fine eyes." That's it? Sophie thought they had a "rapport" with each other during their first meeting. How did that happen? He was drunk, propositioned her, and had a floozy on his arm to boot. We were later told that they knew each other so well...all from those four (4) meetings. How did that happen? I began looking for missing pages. Remember, he'd been carousing during three of those meetings, had a lightskirt with him on one occasion, and hit on Sophie twice.
During the last quarter of this tale, the author added three (3) contrivances, two dealing with Sophie's brother and one to do with Sophie's "confession." None of these added to the story and only succeeded in leaving a bad taste in my mouth.
Overall ~ Poor structure. Weak plot. Poor character development. Fragmented storyline. Contrived elements. Unlikable hero and heroine.
Negative reviews are the most difficult for me to write. I don't like to be unkind to an author. My responsibility, though, is to offer a prospective reader an unvarnished view of my opinion of all facets of a given novel. I would have liked this review to have been balanced, but that was impossible here. I liked the title and the premise, but had major problems with the story.
Enjoy your reading! :)
Our hero's wife has since died, and he's turned over a new leaf. All he has to do now is convince the lovely Sophie that he's no longer a cruel serial adulterer. Easier said than done when she's witnessed first hand what he was like at his worst.
There's some good dialogue here, and the hero actually seems like a decent human being. But there's a striking lack of "why"ness. What I means is, he is in love with the heroine, but it's not at all clear why. But way more importantly, this is a man, who, in a pivotal conversation with our heroine when they are both still married admits that: (a) he loves his wife without reservation, (b) he loves his three year old daughter more than anything in the world, and (c) he cannot and will not stop sleeping with anything in knickers and a dress. No ability or inclination to be faithful whatsoever.
So far so good. I'm interested in how such an unattractive hero can be rehabilitated. I zip through the book in my eagerness to learn (with our dear Sophie) to trust this cad. And I really wanted to.
But here's the problem:
Tommy, the ne'er' Sophie's thoughtless, disloyal, hubby, cheats on her, most likely because he is indifferent to her, the cheats on her and leaves her alone for years at a time.
But Ms. Jewel never explains how Banallt, married to a Beautiful woman who he loves, goes from being a compulsive cheater, to being a hero in a romance novel. What was the epiphany? I get that sometimes people just change because they mature. But we're talking about a period of 1.5 years and a man in his thirties. Did he find God, or have a vision, or what? Why would a man who cheats compulsively on one woman he loves be faithful to another.
Bottom line - Ms. Jewel is a pretty good writer, but readers need characters to have understandable motives. They don't have to be reasonable (hello suspension of disbelief). But they've got to be written into the plot. All this book needed was some extra text, dialogue, background, whatever, to just give characters better reasons for doing what they do. If that happens, I expect to write a few 5-star reviews.
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