What do you think was the author’s purpose in writing this book? She wanted to present a fictional account of murder, mystery with some facts thrown in. The inclusion of royalty would of course have fans of the royals reading and enjoying the book. Personally, I liked the overall plot and the depiction of the main characters.
If you could continue the story, what events would you include? I think it ended in a good place and I wouldn’t change anything. Events such as Taylor discovering the truth and the way their paths crossed (Nicholas and Taylor) were timely and I particularly liked that the ending wasn’t rushed or forced where their relationship was concerned.
List five major events in the story. ***MAY HAVE SPOILERS*** The Duke wanted to sell the abbey and Taylor was hired to orchestrate the sale. In the process of finalising the sale, Taylor found the journals which revealed that Nicholas was not what the media said he was. Betty framed Lucy and then tried to kill Nicholas and Taylor. Taylor killed Betty.
Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
Do you find the characters convincing? Sue Owens was quirky but loved how her character was developed into the story and by the end she had become a central part in Colin’s life. Karen was the most convincing. She wasn’t sure how to go on after Sharron’s death and clung to whatever shreds of hope, lust and normalcy she could. What did you think about the overall tone? Each character’s voice is significantly different from the other and the tone of the story changes as they each make an appearance. Karen’s tone and setting is gloomy and unappealing, Sue is over the top and Colin is dark. Is the plot satisfactorily resolved? We discussed this in every way we could. The plot was satisfactorily resolved up to the point Colin and Karen but the police investigation and the way things ended with Colin leave the resolution to the reader. I really enjoyed this book. Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
Several of us at the book club have read this author before and were thrilled to hear that we would be reading a new book by Bernstein. The first book was top rated so we knew this one would be the same. For me this book started out a little slow, but when it got going and I worked several things out in my head I could not stop turning the pages. What really grabbed my attention with this story is how well Bernstein kept everything straight with the different centuries. When reading in the 17th century I felt like I was in the 17th century when reading 19th century I felt like I was in the 19th century. The amazing way this tale was put together is just astonishing. Three different centuries, with the same people over and over. This book almost makes me want to believe in reincarnation. I questioned a friend who owns horses about some things from the book and they were spot on. George did not just write a story, he wrote a tale weaving through time. A true challenge for writers when keeping everything straight, I admire anyone who achieve this. This story will keep you wanting to turn pages and wondering which century you will be in. Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
At the end of the book, do you feel hope for the characters? Yes, I feel hope for Gabby. She was part of an amazing plot that is filled with expectations, dreams, sacrifice and courage. I always felt as if the writer was connected to these characters in more ways than he was telling. Very enjoyable book and I cannot recommend it enough. What are the most revealing scenes? When Laviuda is telling her life for Gabby to record. This is when young and old meet. Their backgrounds are different but emotionally there seems to be a bond that the author uses to emotionally engage the reader. What did you think of the style of the writer? This is a story about personal struggles, ethics, friendship and love. If a young girl has an impossible dream, how far would she go to make her dreams come true? Jack Remick answers this in a most interesting way. Really liked the writer’s style. Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.