Comments: 15
Oh, oh. How are the mighty fallen ... :(
Obsidian Blue 2 weeks ago
That blows.
Lillelara 2 weeks ago
In my eyes the author sabotaged her own book. I suspect that Ariana Franklin had a series in mind to begin with and she needed a reason to keep Adelia in England. And marriage is the easiest way to accomplish this (having said that I´m not even sure if Adelia is marrying the bloke in the end, again I don´t care). It´s the most boring reason as well, but that is just my opinion. Other readers might like stories such as these.
Obviously, but an author going for the most convenient solution is never a good sign to begin with!

This strikes me more and more as a similar case to Philippa Gregory: Plenty of people swallow her books hide and hair, but just as many others simply can't stand her ... and pretty much all of my friends are in the latter category, as am I. (I also note that those who *do* like her books aren't exactly readers of historical fiction -- or nonfiction history -- *other than* Philippa Gregory whom, for the sake of the story, they seem willing to let get away with anything. Similar case here with plot / character nonsequiturs and the sudden emergence of a romance element literally falling from the sky ...
Lillelara 2 weeks ago
Ugh, Philippa Gregory ... this isn´t as bad as a Phillipa Gregory novel. But the comparison is definitely a valid one.
Sigh. And to think of all the worthwhile books that *could* be published by the same publishers instead but aren't ...
No, I acquit this of being as bad as the average Philippa Gregory. But the comparison, I agree, is valid.

(PG has written at least one book that I liked a lot, but it was before she became big time, and isn't a Tudor.)
Yes, I did get the sense that the writing itself is better than Gregory's (neither of you would have made it even halfway through otherwise) ... what I mean is just their approach to writing / plot / character building / research -- and the reaction of their readership.
Yep. There are people who adore both of these writers, and I just can't.

(For some bizarre reason, PG is one of the two writers whose new books will *immediately* win the Group Read vote in the Tudor Group on GR. The other is Alison Weir.)
Ugh. Definitely *not* group reads I'd ever want to participate in -- at least the Gregory ones. Weir, only if it's nonfiction and only on a subject where there's a sufficient amount of souce material to stop her from letting her imagination fly off the rocker.
Lillelara 2 weeks ago
Me neither. Just thinking about it gives me the shivers.

I´ve never heard of Alison Weir before. I have to remember her name ... and avoid her books.
Some of her nonfiction bios of historical persons are OK ... I've just made it a practice to sneak-peek those before buying (and, of course, solicit the opinions of friends who might already have read them) -- and stay away from her fiction writing.
Weir's histories can be just fine to very good. Her fiction is not my cup of tea.
Put it so much more succinctly than me ... :D
I had much the same reaction, I'm afraid. (With the double of "this book was sold to me as the best thing since sliced bread.")