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Posted March 7, 2013
Good as a historical fiction book, but not a great historical ro
Good as a historical fiction book, but not a great historical romance.
Warning: If you choose to read The Turncoat you had better really (really!) love history.
I love historical novels, especially anything pertaining to the American Revolution. It’s a darn good thing too, because I consider that an essential requirement for reading this book. There is a lot of historical detail included! It actually reminded me of the descriptions of Culloden in Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. Both books are pretty dry reads at times because of all the history, and I had to take breaks when so many facts being thrown at me got overwhelming. The biggest difference between the two is that Dragonfly in Amber has a fantastic romance to go along with all that history, The Turncoat doesn’t.
The main characters are Kate and Peter. Kate is wonderful. I always fall for the smart, gutsy heroines, so I really like Kate. She is intelligent, courageous, and idealistic. Her Quaker upbringing was instrumental in shaping her world view. That’s a new one for me, one which I found it fascinating. Kate’s love interest is Peter. Uhm... he’s okay. I never felt like I got to know him and I’m still not sure why Kate found him so appealing. He isn’t the righteous idealist Kate is, but he ended up doing the right thing most of the time.
The shining star of this book was the historical fiction. The sacrifices Kate and her mentor made in order to serve their country were incredible. For the telling of that story alone, I must say that the author has talent. The book is well-written and well researched, but something was missing for me. I wasn’t drawn into the the lives and motivations of the characters as much as I needed to be. On top of that, the romance never managed to capture my attention. The sex scenes were hot and steamy, but outside the bedroom, I was less than impressed. The flow between the historical fiction and the historical romance wasn’t very good, they seemed to be battling against one another most of the time. To put it bluntly, I was left feeling that the romance was only added in an attempt to make the book more marketable.
I know that’s like a lot of criticism for a book I liked, but I am writing for a romance review blog, and the romance wasn’t stellar. As a historical fiction, it is a good book. As a romance, it’s not very good.
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