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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

What a great novel. Packed with suspense and romance and friend

What a great novel. Packed with suspense and romance and friendship. While I began thinking Meg was selfish in her ambition, I saw that she truly desired to be like her father. And when she realizes she should be more like her Heavenly Father than her earthly father,...
What a great novel. Packed with suspense and romance and friendship. While I began thinking Meg was selfish in her ambition, I saw that she truly desired to be like her father. And when she realizes she should be more like her Heavenly Father than her earthly father, that's when her selfish appearance turned around. I loved this book and would recomend it to everyone.

posted by JlynnW on September 3, 2012

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7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

A Historical Romance Novel

Meg Davenport has been raised to live the life of the upperclass. Placed in an exclusive boarding school for most her life, she has been taught all the intricacies of etiquette and introduced to the best families in New York society. Then her father dies, a man who Me...
Meg Davenport has been raised to live the life of the upperclass. Placed in an exclusive boarding school for most her life, she has been taught all the intricacies of etiquette and introduced to the best families in New York society. Then her father dies, a man who Meg barely saw while growing up, and whom she resents for abandoning her in a school with more rules than parental affection. So Meg decides to leave the sheltered life she's always known on a journey of self discovery into her father's world. On the way, she discovers more than she bargained for, meets people she hadn't realized existed, and comes to a new understanding of love, forgiveness, mercy, and grace.

Unfortunately, this book fell short in several areas for me. Character development for one. Yes, its okay for our heroine to protest that she feels no grief over her father's death, but that just isn't how the human heart works. Children who deal with abandonment generally have more grief and anger to work through than their normal counterparts, not less. Meg just skims the surface of her emotions before becoming engrossed in her new life, and what should have colored the whole book and added a new layer of depth to her growing understanding of love, forgiveness, and all that comes across shallow. Also, the love of her life often comes across effeminate. Men just don't think/behave like sheltered eighteen year old girls think they will, and Meg's boyfriend meets every young girl's expectations - right down to the occasional chin stubble.

Another place this fell short was in plot. The whole thing can be summed up like this: Sheltered girl turns to underworld for entertainment and after initial foray decides she'd rather be a Christian. If that sentence counts as a spoiler, then I'm sorry, but there really isn't much more to chew on. Sub plots were underdeveloped, so I never really did understand all that was going on with Meg's friends or the rest of the underworld characters she was rubbing shoulders with. Some parts were down right confusing, as in "Now whose side is he on?", and others were just unbelievable. My credulity has limits, and this book pushed them just a little too far.

The writing itself was tolerable, and I guess typical for this genre.

Sorry, I don't recommend this book. The two stars are for being spectacularly tame and un-controversial.

*Note: I received this book free from Tyndale for my unbiased review

posted by Thursday4 on August 21, 2012

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  • Posted August 13, 2012

    A Good Story

    When Meg's father dies, she finds out that he wasn't an upstanding citizen, but a thief. Some of his friends, including Ian, are also thieves. This news changes how Meg feels about life and she wants to join in since that was her father's occupation.

    The story was good, but slow for the first half. I was glad to see that several characters had feelings of guilt over what they were doing. I also liked how the painting of Christ and the two thieves on the cross factored into the story.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2012

    Spattered with very entertaining quotes from Madame Marisse's Ha

    Spattered with very entertaining quotes from Madame Marisse's Handbook For Young Ladies, this book provides a little glimpse into the life of a young lady back in the 1800's and how she was supposed to behave. No kissing before she was married, no embarrassing others, and certainly, no swooning just to get attention. ;) While Madame Marisse didn't really exist - the standards did. The storyline at times made me giggle, and it was an enjoyable read. Note that Tyndale House sent me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for sharing my opinion.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Good story

    good story and plot. a little slow of a read. would have enjoyed more of a storyline between Meg and Ian, rather than on how they wanted to be thieves.

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  • Posted March 30, 2013

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    Great`

    I really enjoyed reading this book I wish there was a part 2 so I can see how the lovely couple turned out after they were married

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Good

    This was a good story, but moved slowly.

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  • Posted June 27, 2012

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    Meg has spent most of her life at an exclusive boarding school.

    Meg has spent most of her life at an exclusive boarding school. When she learns of her father’s death, who she hasn’t seen in years, she returns to his home to learn about the man who paid for her schooling. What she finds is not what she expected. He is a thief, a con man. He didn’t have any contact with her because he wanted her to live a better life. But she sets out to become a thief as well. Her father is gone, but she wants to prove that she could have fit into his world. She tries to convince her father’s protégé that she is fit for the job, but he fights her the entire way.

    This story is about forgiveness and redemption. It’s a “modern” day story about the thieves on the cross and how one asked for forgiveness and the other turned his head.
    This story began really slowly for me. Meg was annoying, the father’s fiancé seemed fake and I couldn’t get interested in the story. It wasn’t until about 2/3 of the way through the book that it began to pick up. The story seemed to flow smoothly, I just couldn’t get engaged. The author mentioned that she wrote the book to fit a title that she loved. And I think maybe that is why parts of the story didn’t seem to mesh well. This book was only an okay for me.

    I received this book free of charge from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.

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    Posted March 23, 2013

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