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Why isn’t this series a season of TV shows… or 5 movies?
April 25, 2017
Having heard of this "book" being written a long time before I actually found it, I was elated to discover this 5 book series (written for a world market under a different name… Elizabeth D Michaels … and YAY I don’t have to wait for each book to be written). How did this happen with no one speaking of it?
At the end of many of her books, Anita would talk about the book she was born to write and how she was thinking it was time. So, where is this great book? Not a word, nothing. Then one day I actually decided to do some detective work to figure out if this was actually a thing… or just talk.
I have been a fan of Anita Stansfield for many years. Not a fan of her romances, but she has written plenty of others. Historical Fiction is my favorite genre along with mystery and “whodunit” kind of stuff. Nearly all of her stories will include people in relationships of some sort and they kiss … this series is no exception. If kissing bothers you, well…. Prepare to be bothered. There is murder, adultery, deceit, mystery, betrayal, drama, tears and a lot of frustration and tension. (There is also great bravery, honor, sacrifice, patience, understanding, love, truth, and a great many hard choices to make) I have a very low tolerance for smut and bad language in a book… in life; so I have no interest in running across it in my leisure reading. I also read lots of non-fiction such as current events, health, cooking, history, religious, genealogy and others, but I like to settle with a good mystery or page turner at the end of the day. I have read many reviews and outside comments about these books, many of them that I believe are just untrue, I saw nothing in these books for which to take offense. Yes, there were a few swear words… none of the awful stuff, but when the castle is on fire and members of your family are in danger, it isn’t unlikely to hear an occasional “h” or “d” given the characters are from the early to mid- 1800s Germany. It was rare, and in entirely plausible situations… never just sprinkled about as seasoning. (my grandfather who was a bishop swore way more than this at his Holstein cows in any given morning! … if you ever knew Holstein cows you would cut him some slack!) Anyway, yes there was murder and adultery. I’m pretty sure most mysteries out there include one or both and in no way was this encouraged or condoned any more than in the scriptures where you will get a generous helping of both; always … eventually… with a lesson learned included, as you will in this series. They are indeed page turners. I lost way too much sleep as there was never a stopping spot! I’ve read how they meander and repeat and are slow. Not so. It’s called personality and character development. Horstberg is a small country, and some things do repeat, but it’s intentional… not lack of imagination. I’m a rather slow reader, not because I can’t read fast… but because I unintentionally make a movie in my mind as I read. All these details are critical. At no point is the adultery or murder ever described, glorified or condoned; it just happened and it is common knowledge that it happened, but never described or portrayed in a positive light (except for the kissing). You will likely understand how it was rationalized by the participants, you will feel their pain or anger; but you never “see” the sin or crime, you will not want to make those choices, and there will be guilt and consequences. You will see kissing in a variety of settings, but if you see more that, it is YOUR imagination. These are REALLY good books! I’m giving a very very rare 5 stars for the entire series.