My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I truly have mixed feelings about this historical romance. There are parts about the story that absolutely drew me in, and of course, who could not love August and Maeve?. I think that love stories between the titled and commoners are pretty common and always popular. Everyone wants to see people marry for love, so there was a charm about this story in that respect.
I am pleased to report there was no profanity. There are pretty intense bedroom scenes, but the author has the sense to know when to stop–she doesn’t go on for pages and pages! The morals of the characters are certainly called into question, but I am sure that historically speaking, there were many arrangements like this. I spent much time considering this possibility. I had never thought of a peasant being forced to “pay” rent in this way. But enough said about that–no spoilers!
In the middle of the book, I began to truly get confused. I understood the author’s purpose pretty clearly. She was jumping back and forth in time, but I felt quite perplexed at times to understand exactly what was happening. I would have preferred the story being told in a more straightforward style, but in the end, it finally made sense. I did find the ending a bit far-fetched, but that is just my opinion. And I would have preferred a less predictable ending, but this was a fairly decent rendering of a historical fiction tale. I cannot say I ever found the book boring or tiresome, so I would definitely recommend this to historical romance enthusiasts.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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