- File Size: 589 KB
- Print Length: 122 pages
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- Publisher: Margaret Anne Bennett Feuerbacher (January 13, 2016)
- Publication Date: January 13, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AKWPJ26
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,964 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Earl and the Vicar's Daughter (A Clean Regency Romance) Kindle Edition
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The Earl of Hatton returns from Waterloo unscathed on the outside, but struggles with PTSD and Survivor's Guilt. As there was not much of an understanding of the issue in those days he resolves to the remedy of old - alcohol, gambling and loose women to forget.
His father feels hopeless, doesn't understand and sends him away from London and temptation. In the country he meets the Vicar's daughter, who helps him face his demons, brings him back from the brink of self-destruction.
A great story - not just the typical love story. Well written and really enjoyable to read.
(Though reviews are inherently subjective, I prefer to provide some organization to my opinions through the use of a personal rubric. The following notes may contain spoilers.)
Plot and Setting: 2.5 -- Plot is mostly cliche and parts are hard to follow. Plot points in sub-plots are dropped or not resolved. Setting (including timeline) is somewhat unclear or inconsistent. We basically have a pile of fairly cliche Regency scenes, with some confusing angles on top, and it ends up lacking believability. I don't like or understand the continued presence of Selene, or the repeated physical interludes between people, which doesn't fit my image of Regency romance.
Characters: 2.5 -- Main characters have moments when they are relatable, realistic, interesting, and/or dynamic. Minor characters and villains are almost exclusively stereotyped or simplified. I like Grace's desire to help people, and I can even appreciate her being innocently overwhelmed by kisses, but I feel like she just lets men walk all over her. Trent's PTSD and his delight in making improvements on the farms is interesting, but his apparent determination to drown himself in alcohol and Selene is off-putting.
Writing and Mechanics: 3 -- Scattered typos, punctuation issues, and word errors, including a few major mistakes. Good use of alternating POV. The writing style lacks polish overall, and occasionally detracts from the story. I feel like it's trying really hard to throw in all sorts of Regency-era allusions, with varied success, but the focus on kissing and physical attraction really takes it away from a resemblance to a true period novel.
Redeeming Value: 3.5 --Partially focused uplifting themes. Grace is big on helping others in personal ways. She's also a fan of marriage, and not shy about her faith in God. Sex, alcohol, drugs, violence, etc, are part of the story in morally ambiguous ways. Drunkenness is portrayed as a negative, yet Trent doesn't really make an effort to stop. Sexual attraction overemphasized and an overabundance of passionate kisses, between a variety of people.
Personal Enjoyment: 2 -- I’m not a fan. Some good bits, but reading it felt rather like a chore. Not one I plan to re-read.
There was also a part in the book where Trent suddenly had plans to hire soldiers returned from war to give them jobs. I had to go back and see if I missed a chapter because his sudden reform seemed out of nowhere.