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I only managed to get through the first few chapters as the author got so many things wrong about London that it was distracting me from the story. It’s not a good idea to set your novel in a city unless you know it like the back of your hand.
A wonderful tale of how men are jerks in which we're meant to root for the "heroines" as they're described, that play a part in there murder. I have a feeling that a book written by a man about men killing cheating women wouldn't be as well thought of. Horrible book in which the murderers win. GIRL POWER!
This book is just BAD. The story is boring, there is a lot of unnecessary verbiage... most the story was dragged out longer than required. There is no differentiation between the characters - I regret picking this book up. Only the cover seems attractive, but the writing and story is equally boring. Give it a wide pass
Penned tells her story through three first-person accounts. Two of the women live in the end of the 18th century, while the modern narrator lives in 2021. We also meet a husband and a librarian. One problem is that all the characters speak alike. Even more problematical is that nothing they say seems to come from a real person. The book reads like a second-rate romance paperback that you find on s drugstore shelf. This is a first novel. Let's hope that Penned acquires more skill in her future work. This one is a total disappointment.
My book club loved this book, as did apparently the rest of the people who have read it according to all the online reviews. I am going to go against popular opinion and say that I strongly disliked this book. To me it was very disappointing. I was expecting a grand sweeping epic along the lines of Ken Follett’s World Without End. I was really hoping the author would developed the idea of the wise woman in the middle ages more than she did. Also, whatever the “stunning revelation that transcended time” as the book jacket promised, never happened. The event that I think the book jacket was alluding to to me was not a stunning, startling revelation. I also felt the storyline of Caroline was unnecessary. The author devoted way too much time to that character and I wished that she had devoted more time to the women in the middle ages. All in all, this book was not for me and I found it disappointing.
This book seemed so promising but there is little variation in the tone/voice of the three characters, the contemporary character Caroline came off as annoying and boring to me, and there are just too many implausible coincidences in the storyline. I was hoping this would read like historical fiction with a feminist/mystical vibe but it just misses the mark.
Why do I listen to New York Times book editors picks? Every time I have, it’s been a overwhelming disappointment. The best thing about this book is the cover design. After that, meh. A cliche ridden story, 2-D characters, flat writing, predictable finish. *sigh* Snoozefest.
The book was bad. The only reason I finished it was because I kept reading bits aloud to my poor, horrified husband so someone else could appreciate how bad it is. The contemporary woman character (can't even remember her name!) can only be described as simpering. I haven't cringed that hard in a long time. Also, the way it was written as if London were some exotic locale was just plain weird.
Good, interesting idea for a storyline. But poorly defined characters. Sloppy writing. One character, in the late 18th century says "Okay." Okay didn't come into use until around 1860. All the female characters gasp - at the slightest thing. A 12-year old finds the address she's looking for, and that makes her gasp for some reason. Too much gasping! A character in the present day wakes up in her hotel room and her husband is in the bathroom. The author makes a point of telling us the character stifles the urge to use the bathroom. But after her husband leaves the bathroom, the character hurriedly puts on her clothes and leaves the hotel - with no stop in the bathroom? The clumsy writing badly-written characters made it hard to enjoy the plot.
I don't know how this book received its positive ratings. It is on the level of a Mary Higgins Clark novel; where the heroine overcomes all to a happy ending. The writing is so boring and basic. As I read each page, I already know how the next page will read.