Well, thank goodness that's over!
This was a buddy read with Tweety and I refuse to look at her review until Ive sorted my own thoughts out. :)
1600's are not my preferred time period, I'd better say that at the
outset because I'm sure others will enjoy this book more than I did.
main complaint is with the characters. Why oh why do I seem to root for
the wrong characters? For once Id like to see an author turn the tables
on the obvious and go for the ultimate twist: the triumph of the
In a nutshell: Gervase is a fugitive
after the uprising of the Duke of Monmouth fails. Anyone who is found
aiding and abetting such fugitives earn the penalty of death. This does
not thwart Elinor, Gervase's wife whom he married 5 years prior at the
tender age of 13 (even though she has not set eyes on him since) from
stepping in time and again to save his sorry butt .
found it difficult to believe that a 13 year old girl would be so
infatuated with a man she married by arrangement and in name only and
whom she'd only seen two or three times. He viewed her as no
more than a child. (that is, until he comes back, and lo and behold the
twerpit has grown up! Who is this creature with golden eyes and bosoms?
As the story played out there was ample opportunity to show us
some depth of character or even personality on the part of the hero but
for the life of me I could see no reason why she should like him, let
alone love him to distraction and risk her neck for him. For my part, I
didn't care much whether he was caught or not.
No sex, profanity or violence