I was pleasantly surprised to discover this series was still going. I had heard book #12 was suppose to have been the last. Not only was a thirteenth novel released last year but book #14 is due to be published at some point this year.
I wasn't feeling as excited for book #14 by the time I reached the end of 13. Like so many series, I think this one is starting to run dry. This book took a step backwards from what made the previous novels so good. Normally these books are four star reads for me. The lack of focus on the primary characters took this book from four starts to three.
The story surrounding the visiting abbots just didn't work for me. I can only read about how evil women are so many times before I start to get annoyed. I understand that this was the attitude at the time (and even still to some extent) but I don't need to be beat over the head with it. I get it. Women are the reason we were all expelled from Eden. They are all whores who only exist to attempt to drive all men to the Devil. I don't need to be reminded of this every other page.
Prioress Eleanor has always had to deal with adversity, whether it be due to her age (at the beginning of the series) or her gender. The manner in which she deals with such adversity is part of what makes these books such good reads. There was none of this Eleanor present in this book. Instead we are presented with a Prioress Eleanor who borders on whiny.
I missed the quick-witted, sassy Sister Anne. While Sister Anne is never really a "primary" character, she is always a welcome addition to any story. She provides a fresh breath and comic relief to a time and setting that can be rather bleak. This Sister Anne was non-existent.
I still appreciated this book for what the previous novels have been, a quick and enjoyable journey into medieval England. I am going to continue on with the series in hopes that the next novel is capable of capturing some of the enchantment of the previous novels.
Time for a monthly wrap up!
So for the month of October, I read eight books. About average for me.
The stars of the month were the non-fiction self-help books - one a re-read, one a new find:
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and Positivity. Both I highly recommend.
I read a few cozy mysteries and a historical romance/mystery. They served their purpose as I had just moved and was adjusting to a new schedule. Their lightness offered some much-needed escapism.
That being said, I did dive into a Netgalley read of historical fiction called The English Wife. I will post the review in December closer to publication date but it was only so-so for me.
Honorable mention has to go to The Sunne in the Splendour which is outstanding. I should finish it in November as I have now read 80% of it. November should prove to be interesting. I have goals of reading some science fiction and more historical fiction.
Author: Kylie Logan
Series: League of Literary Ladies #4
Rating: 3 stars
Enjoyable read. This series is about a group of women who are forced to meet together for a book club as the result of a court order. I'm not going to ruin the first book by telling you how that comes to be, as that was part of the fun of reading the first in this mystery series.
This third book was nice addition. Naturally the women have become friends and spend their time solving mysteries on their island. Their camaraderie and quirkiness carries the book along nicely. I definitely liked the twisty ending. And the progress on the romance front was good to read - I liked that things are moving along even though there are obstacles now in the way.
Would definitely recommend this series so far, it's one of the stronger cozy mystery series out there.
Here are the books I am nursing over the next week. I'm enjoying all of them - shout out of cover love for A Hope Divided - and listening to Murder in the Mystery Suite on audio via Scribd.
On the schedule is baseball and hiking this weekend.
Enjoy your weekend and happy reading!