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The Loyal Heart

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Overall story: This is definitely not your average Robin Hood ta

Overall story: This is definitely not your average Robin Hood tale. Although it has similar characters and circumstances: a bandit stealing money from a noble on the road in the middle of the woods, Prince John, the sheriff. But I think that’s the extent of simila...
Overall story: This is definitely not your average Robin Hood tale. Although it has similar characters and circumstances: a bandit stealing money from a noble on the road in the middle of the woods, Prince John, the sheriff. But I think that’s the extent of similarities.

The story revolves around loyalty, while the title is only scratching the surface. It has several layers intricately woven throughout the whole book. Loyalty to the crown, loyalty to the master, loyalty to the family, loyalty to the childhood sweetheart, and loyalty to your true heart. It will keep you guessing, plotting, and wanting.

I love a deep, psychological, in your head type of book. Books that make you think. Go deeper than the surface. The story and characters all have many layers and Merry Farmer gives it a good show.

Grammar/Editing: I would have LOVED to have been able to do a line-by-line critique/edit of this while it was still in beta. I truly enjoy helping writers become better writers, while they do the same for me. There are a few grammatical errors and POV confusions throughout the book. (“Glancing” is definitely an overused word that left me groaning by the end.) While tripping me up every now and again, they are still easy to overlook because of the story as a whole.

When you are the author and so close to the story, it’s easy to miss errors. Even having a single copy-editor, I could understand some slip through. Heck, even traditional published books still have their own grammatical/spelling errors. But if the author has a couple of really good people, betas, critique partners, that are willing to go over it line-by-line, fewer errors will ever get through. The more eyes the better, right?

Characters: Merry Farmer makes me become, fall in love, despise, loathe, cringe, want, and fall in love all over again. Her characters are not just three-dimensional, they are real--each having a distinct personality all their own. Whether you want to love them, hate them, or both, you will find that you will question, you will want to reach through and strangle them, slap them, or shake them until they wake up. No person is perfect, and nor are her characters. Some even have redeeming qualities, while others are pure evil.

I am not a very fast reader due to my real life situation. I read when I can. I also write when I can. So when the voices in my head tell me to write, I write. When I’m stuck, I read. This book was really engaging, riveting at points. I didn’t want to put it down, even when life made me. I am pleasantly surprised that I found a self-published book, worthy to stand the ground against a traditional published one.

I still fear, though, the self-published world is inundated with bad books. Since everyone can publish, everyone thinks they can write. I hope to find more quality, self-published books out there, like Merry Farmer. This is the first self-published book I actually enjoyed and recommend. If you like historical romance, a strong female main character, a bit of sword play, chess, settings in the medieval era, Robin Hood, and lord/peasant society, secrets, spies and plots, you will enjoy this book. However, be warned, there are a couple of very detailed, intimate scenes that are rather necessary for plot progression. This is not something you want your teenager reading.

posted by LadyJai on May 29, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

good

Without the smut i give it 5 stars.

posted by bm54 on November 11, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    good

    Without the smut i give it 5 stars.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Twist on robin hood

    The story had some unique twists but the in depth descriptions of the sword fights were confusing and dragged the storys speed down considerably

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Hello

    Well-written 250 page story. A little sappy and slow in beginning but worth a read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    Good story

    Could have done without the graphic sex scenes but otherwise an enjoyable book. I found myself at first hating Crispin and then rooting for him so he would get what his heart desired. Loved the Jack character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013

    Has nothing to do with Robin Hood

    I liked the strong woman who needed no man. But she started breaking apart. I liked the love story. I dont think Ethan really loved her. Not the way love should be between ppl. In this book he goes alittle over top. Meanwhile the bad guy is going through hell but he sacraficed alot for his love. He was always there even if she never realized it. In this book the bad guy turns good and the good guy goes bad. I wont be reading the other books to this series. But this is a great read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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