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text 2020-03-29 10:51
Reading progress update: I've read 40%. - Is it just me, or is Henry playing Darcy to Hllary's Elizabeth Bennet?
The Case Is Closed - Patricia Wentworth

I've just read the beautifully written chapter where Hilary goes, with a mixture of reluctance and excitement, to talk over the case with Henry. It's a perfect RomCom chapter with that shows the fire and sparkle and strength and vulnerability that sets the best of those scenes apart from their not-quite-getting-it canned-laughter wannabe brethren.

 

I've seen from the post here that the consensus is that we don't like Henry or at least that we'll only like him after Hilary has knocked some of the sharp edges off.

 

I'd expected him to be a bore. I found him to be a young man who is trying to live up to someone else's view of what being a man means. He seemed quite human to me. A mansplainer, socially inept, emotionally distant on the outside and trying hard not to listen to his own emotions because he suspects they'll make him weaker rather than stronger - but those are all things he can get over with the right training.

 

As Hilary told me that she would refuse to be trampled by Henry's high horse and raised her chin to tell him that any wife would leave him or be broken by him, a light went on in my mind and I thought, "I recognise this: Henry is Darcy is a lounge suit and Hilary is Elizabeth Bennet with a little of the entitlement rubbed off".

 

What do you think?

 

 

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text 2020-03-29 10:10
Reading progress update: I've read 323 out of 323 pages.
The case is closed - Patricia Wentworth

This is my sixth Miss Silver novel that I have read so far and this one isn´t one of the worst, but not one of the best either.

 

The mystery was a pretty straightforward one and I honestly wished that Miss Silver would have played a larger part in the story. But I really enjoyed the mystery aspect of the novel and there were some really gripping scenes with Hillary, our main character.

 

As for the characters: I liked Hillary and following her thoughts was really fun. And I loved the little, poetic imp she had inside of herself.

Her love interest, though ... Honestly, everytime I thought Henry´s character would take a turn for the better, he instantly turned back into a caveman on the very next page. Thus my last word of advice for Hillary: If he is pulling a caveman on you, go get the frying pan, girl!

 

Anyhow, it´s been the perfect book for a comforting buddy read and the best way to spend a weekend in self isolation. 

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text 2020-03-29 09:58
Reading progress update: I've read 34%.- just met Mercer...
The Case Is Closed - Patricia Wentworth

...what a finely judged menace he projects. How quickly and deftly Wentworth made me despise him.

 

i like Hilary. I know I’m supposed to like her but it’s not as easy to achieve as it sounds. I find it refreshing that she’s so young and so unschooled in these things and yet is competent, determined and shows empathy for others.

 

i declined the audiobook because the narrator in the version I was offered sounded too old.  I’m glad not to have her between me and the text, suppress g Hilary’s vitality.

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review 2020-03-29 00:30
Another fun weekend buddy read
The case is closed - Patricia Wentworth

I think I enjoyed this even more the second time around. Miss Silver was largely absent, which is a bit of a bummer, so there wasn't as much coughing in this one as might have been expected, but I really liked Hilary. She's loyal and feisty, and Henry will be more bearable after she knocks him off his high horse a few more times. Or at least, that's what I'm telling myself.

 

I do like Wentworth's lighthearted romantic sensibility. 

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text 2020-03-28 23:16
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The case is closed - Patricia Wentworth

Ok, I had a hunch about some of the developments, but I'm not sure what to make of the last 20% of the book.

I didn't enjoy them anywhere near as much as the first 80%.

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