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I spent the whole novel waiting for this man. I don’t know if I missed him, or if this was a set-up for the third novel.
Some historical writers had a conversation about writing historical fiction, and where our emphasis should be, and we all agreed that character and plot come first, and we should strive not to show off our research. I think that could be my main problem with this book. Lack of plot, character, tension, and too much description. But because the prose is written almost like music itself, music being the underlying score, that is probably the author's strengths, and I'm sure, as other reviews show, there are plenty of readers for Ms. Denton.
Some descriptions don’t work for me but they are mostly related to the human element. “He smiled shakily, forgetting the gaps in his front teeth.” One, how does an observer know this? Maybe he doesn’t care. Two, smiling shakily does seem to indicate a discomfort with his smile. I did like the reference of the turtle carapace in the more human sense. For me, in seeking the human element, I found reasons to be critical that might otherwise run unnoticed by others. You won’t invest much time looking for errors, if this is your kind of reading. You won’t find them.
Overall, this book reads as though the people and plot are the backdrops of the gorgeously described time period set in England in the 1600s—as though the furniture of the past were set up first, and then, like in a play, people created to walk through it, touching and being touched, here and there.
By halfway through there is developing a plot of sorts—does our young heroine want a suitor? For they are coming out now, asking for her attention, and recognizing that she has voice. Others, such as her parents, make her feel ill for her choices of the past. She suffers from past loss in this book, but we sense a slow rise above it, toward a real life of her own. If you like to sink into a time period and live as though you were there, this is the book for you.
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