Liked the plot as it switched between past and present. A solid effort by the author.
This isn't as good as Willig's Pink Carnation series, but fans of the dual-time frame device will probably enjoy this well enough. And I liked it, even if I didn't loooove it -- my only complaint would be an ending that felt a tad bit rushed, and also the turn that one of the two storylines took which was...not quite what I expected. Overall an enjoyable read, though!
The plot of this book is so reminiscent of A.S. Byatt's wonderful book Possession that I couldn't help but compare the two all the way through. Byatt wins hands down
I enjoy Lauren Willig's books, especially the Pink Carnation series. This book falls a bit flat and the characters really failed to spark any connection for me. The author admits she had problems with this book in the acknowledgements. Her other non-series book, 'The Ashford Affair,' looks like it deserves a read, so I'll be looking for that one.
I did not enjoy this book
for some reason I just couldn't get into this book.... maybe give it a try some other time.
The book jumps between 2009 and 1849 and the readers are treated to two sweet love stories. The ending was a little rushed. There were some loose ends that I would have liked to see tied up. Overall, a great read!
I loved everything about this novel. Each of the dual time frames had interesting plots and characters. I've always been fascinated by the pre-Raphaelite period and artists. It was a perfect summer read.
A fun dual-narrative Gothic novel full of romance, an old house, art history, family secrets, and a mystery to solve. Bonus: an ending that ties up most of the loose ends yet allows the reader to draw some of their own conclusions. I love that!
Lacks the magic of her PINK CARNATION series.
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