This was a pleasant surprise and as such, is easily recommended for all readers. The Christian Fiction elements are light with no preaching; the character makes mention of God’s plans or her writing being between her and God and says a few prayers. The romance elements are also light; no instant-love, fade-to-black, or heavy petting. I absolutely loved the mystery and historical fiction elements and feel this made the read unique and fresh. The characters all feel unique and well fleshed out, complete with their little flaws. It’s not easy to write a book in first person but Joanna did a fine job with this one. The reader sees and feels everything the character does through a well-crafted and presented story. I was drawn in from the first chapter, loved the little plot threads weaved throughout the story, and feel you will enjoy it as well. I received an ARC through Revell in exchange for an honest review. This in no way has influenced my opinion or recommendation.
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
This was a DNF for me and my fellow bookworms. It started out very dry and bounced around, never improving. The characters felt dry and flat with nothing to make them stand out or connect with the reader. The curse didn’t feel like it fit. Overall it read like a very rough draft. We each gave this a try but we all ended up not wanting to read it. We received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I found myself intrigued by the premise of the plot and drawn in through the first few chapters. About half to three quarters through I found myself second guessing certain elements. Perhaps this is due to my rather logical way of thinking or perhaps it is due to a few far reaching elements I just couldn’t accept. In any case, the book is well written and entertaining throughout. I feel the majority of readers who enjoy historical fiction or alternate history type books will enjoy this one. I did like how the book reads as though it is the main female character’s viewpoint although I don’t feel I would react the same way in the same situations. Overall I feel this is a good read and one that should generate a long list of happy readers. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.
This is really more of a 3.5 to 3.85 book but since I feel it’s worth more than a flat 3.0 it earns a 4.0. Where it shines is the writing style and beautiful descriptions. I feel like I am there experiencing my surroundings while I read those parts. Where I feel it falls short is in keeping the flow going while developing primary characters. Where so many books start out slow and gain momentum this one starts out with a good pace but ends up mired down by the end. The characters could use a bit more fleshing out to feel more authentic and real although they are not terrible as they are. The story is interesting and is what drew me to the book in the first place. Overall this is a decent read and one I can easily recommend to anyone who likes historical fiction. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.
McCoy writes an entwined tale with a good grasp of the written language, the historical time most of this is set in and how to portray emotion eloquently. We love the various threads of plot and story and how they wrap around the main story. This is a very good read and wonderful for those who enjoy historical fiction in a clean fun read. Overall this is a good book I can easily recommend. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.