- File Size: 3858 KB
- Print Length: 372 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Rowan Ridge Press (May 1, 2018)
- Publication Date: May 1, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07BR9FP9G
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Yours, Dorothy was steeped in history and filled with phrases and references to customs that were new to me. I have not read many books that take place during this time when Oliver Cromwell and the Roundheads (aka Puritans) had control of Parliament and the government. The fact that Dorothy and her family were Royalists added perspective I don’t remember getting from books from this era.
Personally, I think it is a brave thing for an author to base her fiction on historical figures as anyone who wants can research them and tell the author why they portrayed them incorrectly. Secondary characters and those in the background, sure, those would be easier. Author E.B. Wheeler breathed life into William Temple and Dorothy Osborne, real people who have, apparently, scads of information about their lives available to researchers. Theirs is a beautiful love story from a time when it was unfashionable, even scandalous, to marry for love.
Using fragments from actual letters that passed between this couple was a great idea. Just the right amount shared from them kept it interesting.
The struggles Dorothy experienced, not only because of her overbearing brother Harry but also from the loss of fortune due to their political stance, were touching and made very evident. It is hard to picture in our present day that there was once a time when affording paper to write a short letter was a luxury. It is equally difficult in our society imagine a woman would have so much pressure put upon her to marry for the sake of her family.
If you enjoy historical fiction with a more serious yet hopeful tone, this is a book you should be sure to read.
This review was originally posted at AmongTheReads.net
Be sure to read an interview with the author and one of the characters at AmongTheReads.net
I would like to thank EB Wheeler for giving me this item. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
I thought the author did a good job with the history and helping me to see how the government and people were divided and how that affected the people there during that time. I appreciated her chapter notes and the obvious dedication she had to research.
For me, this book was so slow and it was hard to stick with it at times. I didn't really connect to the characters emotionally but instead felt like a casual observer from the outside looking in. The last third of the book started to pick up and I enjoyed it much more than the rest of the book. I admired Williams loyalty to Dorothy and how constant his heart was. He said so many pretty words to her. I loved those. My romantic heart sighs when two people fight against all odds to be together for love. In the end, that's exactly what my heart did. I love that this is based on a true love story. It makes it all the more real and sweet.
Content: peril, war time actions were mentioned but nothing in detail. Mild romance, some kissing
- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
Wheeler relied on the surviving letters of Dorothy Osborne for much of the structure of the novel, filling in the blanks with likely possibilities and creating a setting so vivid and a story so compelling it drew me in completely. I love experiencing history through the pages of a novel and YOURS, DOROTHY serves it up in every possible flavor; sweet, sour, and savory!