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Posted July 31, 2009
Utterly unromantic with less than likeable characters.
I would not recommend this romance novel to anyone. The only redeeming quality in this story for me is the historical accuracy. I am a Scottish history fanatic and Ms. Scott's understanding of the politics of the time is excellent.
That being said, her story was terrible. The characters were the least engaging I have every encountered in a romance novel. Sir Walter "Wat" Scott (though based loosely on a historic figure this name still had me thinking "Ivanhoe" throughout) was exceptionally inconsiderate of his wife. I understand the tension the author was trying to build between the hero and heroine over the issue of marital obedience, but Wat came across as petty, condescending and utterly unconcerned for his wife's (Meg's) feelings or needs until the very end of the book when he under went an inexplicable change of heart. Sexual sparks were nonexistent between the two main characters because Wat didn't care in the least whether Meg enjoyed herself. He was entirely selfish sexually never concerning himself with whether Meg climaxed or not. Indeed for Wat foreplay seemed an utterly foreign concept. For her part, Meg was a more interesting and sympathetic character, but her frustration (both physical and emotional) was incredibly uncomfortable to read about. Further, she comes across as somewhat weak-willed and emotionally flat. By the end of the book this pair is in love, but I don't see why or even how that happened.
The most likable and interesting character in the book is Wat's sister Jenny, but her appearance is too brief to save the sorry from utter monotony. Jenny's shining, vivacious presence only serves as a stark contrast to the listless heroine and clueless hero in this book.
I forced myself to finish this story. It is the second Amanda Scott book that I have read. I was disappointed with the first, but vowed to give her a second chance. Unfortunately, she struck out with me once again and I won't be giving her a third.
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