- File Size: 3000 KB
- Print Length: 105 pages
- Publisher: Kindle Worlds (October 27, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 27, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017AIF9UA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
World of de Wolfe Pack: Nobody's Angel (Kindle Worlds Novella) Kindle Edition
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her blurt has not only kicked her name off the list of invitees for the wedding, but they have used it as an excuse to insist Brynne stay away, as well. So Lettie's father makes arrangements to send Lettie to her Aunt's home - which is several days' ride from their home, with Brynne accompanying her. It is very clear that the two care extremely much for each other, but Brynne has nothing to offer Lettie, as he doesn't have a title, and no way he feels to support her in the way she is accustomed. So he cannot marry her, and determines that he needs to drop her off at her Aunt's and leave as quickly as possible. Lettie, however is determined not to lose 'her man.' She bargains with Brynne (and Jeremiah) for three days before he departs - to give her time to find his name. She is sure that she can find out who he is - with Jeremiah's help - that he IS somebody, because she knows he is honorable and has a good heart. This three days time takes you through a whirlwind love story. I will not continue any further on the storyline, because to do so would be to spoil it for you. The story pulls you in and keeps you there until the very fulfilling end. A must read! Defiinitely well done!
In this case, a lot. I have two problems with this story, one more serious than the other. But first, the premise.
Lettie, an adventuresome young woman of noble birth, has two important male figures in her life. One is Brynne, the ward of the lord next door. He was left there as an infant. Nobody knows who his family is.
Lettie and Brynne have loved each other since childhood. But a union between an earl's daughter and a nobody is out of the question.
So who's the other guy? His name is Jeremiah, and he's an angel. Yeah, really. Lettie claims he's guarding her and guiding her to her destined love, someone named "Bert" or whose initials are "B.E.R.T.". Could it be Brynne?
All this results in problems between Lettie and Brynne. He thinks she's kind of crazy for believing in Jeremiah and acting on what he tells her.
Worse, Brynne is convinced he's not good enough for Lettie. He prepares to leave England and seek his fortune across the pond.
But Lettie won't hear of it! She determines to make him stay with her.
To do so, both must investigate the mystery of his origins. The only clues are her visions and dreams, courtesy of Jeremiah, and a birthmark shaped like a wolf's head.
Cute, huh? Okay, now for the bad news.
First, the plot depends heavily on contrivance. There are several incidents and situations I simply can't believe.
To avoid spoilers, I'll cite just one, which comes up at the beginning. Though Brynne was a foundling, at least he knows his real first name. Huh? How can he possibly know just that, and nothing else?
But bad as this problem is, the second is worse. The author focuses on the hero, the heroine, and their relationship so closely that Brynne and Lettie are almost never apart. They're together in every scene, usually without any other characters.
Some say this is what romance fiction is supposed to do. I say it becomes wearisome quickly. And makes the story dull.
Obviously this tight focus saps the drama. It also kills the suspense. Just my opinion, but a good romance should make the reader think for much of the narrative that the hero and heroine can't possibly end up together. That way it's moving and meaningful when they finally do. How can the reader worry about them failing to stay together when they're never apart?
Which leads to a couple of corollary problems with the book. One is anachronism. A well-brought-up young lady in early nineteenth-century England wouldn't be allowed to be alone with a young man. But Lettie is almost always alone with Brynne.
Other figures appear only briefly and are never characterized. Indeed, the one absolutely necessary for this story, Jeremiah, never even appears. Lettie talks about him, but he never comes onstage. So much for "show, don't tell".
To sum it up, I can't recommend "Nobody's Angel". But I realize many romance readers go for two-character stories. And don't mind contrivances or anachronisms. If you're one of them, this story's for you.
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