Through a Dark Glass

Through a Dark Glass

by Barb Hendee

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Through a Dark Glass 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As soon as I finished reading it I looked for more by the author. I Love the idea, and the length is perfect for a quick, fun breeze of a read. Thoroughly enjoyed
shantaH More than 1 year ago
** I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** When Megan's sister dies suddenly she is forced to take her place and marry one of three sons from a questionable family. The only choice that she is given is which one will become her husband. Overwhelmed by these sudden events she hides in a pantry where she finds an enchanted mirror. She is given the opportunity to know how her life would turn out to be with all three men. She learns quickly that there is no straight path to happily ever after. These men all have secrets, ambitions, and flaws. And with each choice, she makes there are consequences, heartbreak, and loss. I really enjoyed this read and found it to be different and refreshing from what I usually pick up. I enjoyed watching each choice play out and struggling with Megan to know which is the path she should take. At times some things would be a little repetitive as some scenes were very similar to another with only a few slight changes but I would expect that with this kind of book. I really enjoyed getting to know each of her prospective husbands from different viewpoints and loved not just the romantic relationships but the friendships she made with each man as well. We get to see Megan grow into three different wives. Se starts off as nieve and timid often channeling her mother to know the right way to carry herself and decisions she should make. But in the course of the story with each path she grows and develops into a strong woman who loves with all her heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. Glad she picked what she did.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
The story in this novel is a unique one in that it's three similar stories with the same characters. The opening sets up the stage - the MC is told she has to choose between the three sons of a lower Noble family (who she is being sold to by her higher Noble father) and while she is panicking over the choice, a magic mirror offers to show her the different futures she will have with either of them. Then the story shows is the three different paths her life takes. In one she ultimately gets respect, in another she receives safety and ultimately Independence and in the last, she gets love and belonging. Neither of the choices are bad, in fact, in each she goes through a series of ups and downs to get a happy ending. The choice is in what she wants for herself, and trusting herself to that decision after she makes it and loses memory of the precognitions shown to her. But the uniqueness of the book is also its flaw - the stories are repetitive. There are some minor differences according to which choice was made, but some scenes are the same and play out similarly across all three scenarios and are being repeated on text, too, despite the reader already reading through two iterations of the former. Some were pivotal, I agree, like when she first arrives in the manor to how she takes charge of the household but some others feel pointless - like her writing to her father about Allemond (and of which nothing comes about) or the preparations for the first dinner or even what dress she wears during that dinner! And there isn't much character development when you think that these four men behave differently in each scenario. Kai doesn't seem like a good soul until like Sebastian's scenario or passionate until his own. Also, the fact that in different scenarios they behave differently to their father bullying her. On the whole, as an experiment in storytelling it works out well, but if you think deeply about it, it is just the excitement of which choice she's going to make that keeps the story going. The writing is okay, but not impressive Shortly, it's an interesting read and if you like romances it is for you. But it can also be repetitive and bland at times. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Rebel Base Books, via NetGalley.
Artemis_25 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC via netgalley and voluntarily chose to review. I can't quite decide how I should feel about this book. On the one hand, I loved the idea of this special mirror. Who wouldn't want the opportunity to look ahead into three possible futures and then choose their prefered path in the knowledge that it will come to pass for certain, even if they won't remember afterwards. This certainty would be great to have. Moreover, it's been pretty fascinating to see what a big difference one choice can make, while some things do not change at all. In addition to that, with each path Megan "lived" through, we get to know the family, whom she has married into, a little better. But on the other hand, the style of writing has been far too descriptive for my liking. We are told what is happening without being included. I wish I had been more involved in the story, had been given more opportunity to feel with Megan. It's been a rushing over situations without actually really getting into them to explore. Therefore, although with each path there is more to discover about the characters, I don't feel like I really know them. If their'd been more in depth story-telling, I think the different choices wouldn't have come across quite so repetitive as well because there are some passages where the exact same wording has been used. It fits in well with this kind of story but it could've been done without being so glaringly obvious. The main character, ah, she frustrated me. She is so naive and submissive most of the time. I've just been unable to warm up to her properly, which probably has a lot to do with the fact that the style of writing hindered me to do so. All in all, the idea is fantastic. The style of writing not so much, far too much rushing over situations and barely any possibility for emotional involvement and exploration. I'd still recommend the book for some light reading to relax, but not for those who are looking for something deeper.