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LucyWVAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Job Well DoneJanuary 6, 2020LucyWVAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've been a fan of Ms. Klassen for years, but she has outdone herself with this one. I found it outstanding and wishing Belle Island was real so I could move there. I could identify with Isabelle and her anxiety and loss of family. To see her real life struggles made her strong in my eyes. The murder mystery flowed from one scene to the next like the Thames that flowed by Belle Island sometimes smooth and sometimes roaring. Toss in Benjamin Booker and many lovable lesser characters and you feel like you are home in a community of family. I love the research that goes into Historical Fiction as you have a better knowledge of the times and in this case how the legal system worked. I find it fascinating. I find this one "A Job Well Done" in every aspect. Highly recommended.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher/author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
DianFlowW. Columbia, SCAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5The Bridge to Belle Island!December 31, 2019DianFlowW. Columbia, SCAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Julie Klassen is a masterful storyteller -- deliciously serving up novels reminiscent of the great Bronte sisters, Victoria Holt, and Jane Austen. The Gothic ambience, descriptive imagery of Belle Island, and colorful characters all intermingle to create another fan favorite, 'The Bridge to Belle Island'!
I found this novel to be a bit slower at first than Ms. Klassen's previous novels and was more mystery than romance. The romance didn't really "do" it for me, because even though I dearly loved the kind-hearted heroine and the handsome hero, I didn't feel their chemistry much throughout the book -- except for the fact they seemed to like one another a bit and there was an attraction.
Things began to liven up, however, as suspect after suspect came forward and I didn't know who to trust! The author bravely and with dignity to the sufferers, incorporated the little-known subject of agoraphobia, anxiety attacks, and also vertigo. With many a twist and turn and memorable characters...be sure to put 'The Bridge to Belle Island' on your wish list!
I was given a complementary copy of this novel by Bethany House publishing in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review.
Blessed N BookishAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A Thrilling Regency MysteryDecember 31, 2019Blessed N BookishAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was already a fan of Julie Klassen, and this book is no exception. I loved the combination of mystery/suspense and romance. The story is intricately woven and will keep you guessing (and reading!) well past your bedtime. And as an added bonus, there is a charming little map of Belle Island in the back. I love book maps!
All the characters in the book are so well developed, no matter how little their supporting role. There isn't a person in Benjamin or Isabelle's world that isn't memorable in their own right.
Benjamin is easy to like with his protective instincts, crusade for the truth and gentleman's heart. Because of past mistakes, he worries his tendency to lend aid to women in difficult situations is a weakness, but I think it exposes his tender heart. And I loved him for it.
Isabelle is a bit of a walking contrast--but not in a bad way. I loved her strong spirit and her kindness to everyone who worked for her. She was industrious, finding a way to save her beloved island, yet was shackled to it by her fear. I enjoyed watching her fight for her freedom--financially with her estate and emotionally with her irrational fears.
There are so many mysteries to solve, and the author does a good job of giving you pieces of the puzzle while keeping you hooked. It is an engaging and entertaining read through and through.
If you like Regency-era romance or historical mystery, then you will enjoy this book.
I was provided a copy of this book by Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
DeborahBreck2 Stars Out Of 5Disappointed with this storyDecember 30, 2019DeborahBreckI have enjoyed Klassen's other books; this one, disappointed. Primarily the voice/her creation of the main male character: Benjamin Booker. Pardon me, but he was such a "weenie" (a man who is regarded as weak or ineffectual). I understand there exists men who are "weak and ineffectual", okay....there is weakness in every one of us. I just don't wish to purchase a story with great anticipation to read about the supposed "hero" coming off as a "weenie". Perhaps I'm viewing Ben wrongly. Perhaps I'm to view Ben through a lens that says in spite of his "weakness" he manages to overcome obstacles and, and..... Maybe I need to applaud Klassen for so EFFECTIVELY CREATING SUCH A "WEENIE" that I so didn't like because of his "weenieness"? Well, that's a real talent; creating the main male lead in to a real type of character that truly exists instead of the everyday written about strong-say-the-correct-thing-gentleman? I confess, I'd just concluded reading Georgette Heyers The Unknown Ajax and what an amazing lead male character she created in Hugo! Ben against Hugo - no contest. But, still, really, I just could not like Ben and it caused me to skim and skip lots of pages until I just read the last 3 chapters to get the gist of what occurred. Again, I have really enjoyed Klassen's other books so please check those out; this one was a miss for me.
JaquelynAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Fun mysteryDecember 26, 2019JaquelynAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I enjoyed reading this book. Isabelle was very unique, I couldn't imagine staying in one place for so long, but she loved her island and loved those who live on it with her. This story had many twists and turns I didn't see coming, and Klassen kept my interest the entire time. The lawyer Benjamin Booker was a original character as well. I enjoyed seeing their chemistry and watching them fight the attraction they had for each other. Benjamin being burned by a female before wasn't ready for it to happen again. Isabelle not leaving the island seemed too weird, and couldn't possibly be true could it? I was taken on an adventure trying to determine who killed Isabelle's trustee, and what motives were behind it. At one point it seemed that almost everyone had motive, but who actually committed the crime? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance with some mystery thrown in. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.