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|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2008
This novel is remarkably well written. The characters are realistic and easy to sympathize with, and the narration has a poetic gracefulness about it that brings to mind such authors of classics as Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters. While it is clear from the first pages of this novel that a vast amount of research was done, the information gathered is worked into the novel seamlessly. The one glaring flaw occurs in the final decision Charlottes character makes in regard to her child. Without giving anything away, the phrasing of her explanation seems incredibly cold and clashes with the maternal love she has displayed throughout the novel.
This novel is by no means a cookie-cutter love story. Whereas the ending is a happy one, it doesnt go for the corny or a quick-fix of the characters problems. The characters have depth, and the story is both inspiring and true to the pains of life. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good romance, but wants more than a boy meets girl, boy gets girl story. -- Shannon Potelicki, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Natacharamos913 Stars Out Of 5Very unique plotline, but it didn't keep interestedOctober 16, 2016Natacharamos91Quality: 3Value: 0Meets Expectations: 2What a journey! Its a very unique story with lots of twists in it.
At first, I was really captivated by the singularity of the plotline and the circumstances our main characters were when they met again, but I thought: there is no way this can work for them.
I could see the Regency Period through new eyes, because, really, Im used to the nice side of it: elegance, balls, ladies, gentlemen, drawing rooms, and so on; but this book taught a bit of how it was like not be wealthy in that time, or to be pregnant but not married. It was interesting, I learned a lot!
Also, it was really good to grow with the characters, they went through a lot, and the reader with them.
However, I must say my interest went down when I reached about 33% of the book, but Im not sure why. I think it might be because the events changed so fast that it was hard for me to really connect to what was happening, and I feel the characters themselves didnt catch up very easily either, because they acted as if some twists hadnt affected them at all.
There are some decisions characters made I couldnt understand, because they seemed so incongruent to their personalities and purposes in life that it was obvious to me they did it only to force the story to be something it wouldnt have been otherwise, which is not good. Plus, I did not like how easy everything got solved at the end.
Its very good story, unique and all. It taught me a great deal, but I couldnt be drawn in as much as I had been in the beginning.
SqwigglesCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Heartbreaking and Beautiful StoryJanuary 14, 2015SqwigglesCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleThis book is a gem. It's not the normal happy romance novel. This book is deep and powerful and it will move you. I could feel Charlotte's pain with the decisions that she had to make. It was heartbreaking and yet beautiful at the same time. This story isn't just about love between a man and a woman, but it is also the love story between a mom and her child. Charlotte made some choices that sent her on a difficult path in life. As humans we all make the wrong choice sometimes and things will get difficult, but we must keep living and try to make things better for ourselves. This story will touch your heart in many ways. As sad as the story was, it also had happy moments and made me smile. It was well written and a beautiful story that I had a hard time putting down. You will love Charlotte as well as some of the other characters. I would easily recommend this book.
mactacmaryPlumas, Manitoba, CanadaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful bookJuly 31, 2013mactacmaryPlumas, Manitoba, CanadaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was the first book that I read by this author......gripping story, had to keep reading. I immediately ordered more of her books.
jamrAstoria NYAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Probably Her Best or at Least My FavoriteNovember 14, 2012jamrAstoria NYAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really have a deep appreciation for Julie Klassen and the gift God has given her to write with such depth.
It is as if Jane Austin's world has returned, only we get to see a little bit of that society's underbelly. She writes with sense of compassion that is lacking in some Regency era novels.
I also recommend the audio version of this book.
Please read it for yourself. You won't be disappointed!
LalaAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Above and beyond!August 21, 2012LalaAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book went above and beyond of what I expected! It is a heart wrenching story, but beautifully and passionately written! The characters grabbed my attention quickly and my heart went out to Charlotte! Truly reminds me to be thankful of what God did for us by sending His Son!