#Review: Almost Wonderful by Adrienne Davenport @A_Davenport77 #Historical #Romance
The author contacted me requesting a read/review. I was happy to offer this since the book is historical romance. One of my favorite genre’s to read. On the product details page at Amazon it states 264 pages. However, I personally feel this book has more pages than that. This book seemed like a very long read.
I have several problems with the book. The first after Jason and Ariel were married everything is fine until they attend a ball and Ariel notices something is off with her husband while he is dancing with a Countess. Then when she sees him dancing with another woman she knows there is a problem but refuses to find out anything about the woman in her husband’s arms. Then it is either several days or weeks later (this information is not stated in the book) Ariel receives a note from her husband stating that she does not agree with the closeness he has with Corinne. I am wondering how hard it would be for Jason to state this is his sister or even for some family member or society matron to tell Ariel the relationship between Corinee and Jason.
Ariel has a closeness to each servant that seems strange/off. The book starts out in 1839. During this time a Lord or Lady (especially a Duchess) would not have a personal relationship with a servant. Then for the Duchess to discuss how the discord in her marriage with each servant she meets. Sorry not happening. Then we have each family member concerned with the marriage relationship. Ariel’s father, sister, uncle and aunt all express concern. Why do all these people express concern when Ariel has not taken the time to tell any of them about the problems but quickly tells the servants everything happening?
Readers are told a lot throughout the book not shown unless it involves the decor. Readers are not even told the color of the bridal dress or even if it is covered in lace. Then we have the groom’s mother checking to see if the bride is ready. Why is the she checking why not the bride’s father? Directly after the wedding the couple goes back to Jason’s townhouse. Wondering why there was not a wedding breakfast? Why didn’t the Duke introduce his new Duchess to each of the servants?
Then we have Jason, in one chapter he dismisses his mother like she is nothing important and several chapter’s later he is at her doorstep confiding his marital problems to her. Readers are not even greeted with the Dowager Duchess until a few days before the wedding. Really? For a son to say that someone is important to him and then not even want to let his mother know about his engagement seems very strange.
When I was in high school I had a literature teacher tell the class a book needs to have a climax. According to this teach without a full climax readers are left wanting, unfulfilled and wonder what happened to the rest of the story. I truly felt this frustration with this book. There was no build up, no full climax with a story that should have ended several chapters earlier. I honestly believe with some work this would be a great book. However the story left me lacking.
Then we have some very glaring errors: His wife, he could only guess, was even now packing her backs. I am wondering if backs is supposed to be bags? This is one of the errors I found.
The bunnies and I give this book carrots.
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1800 b.c. Ariel Genevieve Garrison, a spirited English beauty, knew what she was after when early one April evening she departed the aging manor where she lived, in favor of losing herself amongst the still serenity that embodied the flower shrouded meadows nearby. She knew that by partaking in the little endeavor she was likely chancing her father’s anger—a rather usual turn of events. What she never expected was the dark stranger, whose mocking laughter cut through her evening, destroying her requisite peace.
Jason Rutherford, Duke of Thornfield, had a habit of taking life for granted and this incident wasn’t much different. She agrees to take a ride with him on another day.
Upon returning home however she instantly receives the surprise of her life. Not only is her father furious, he is also prepared with a harsh announcement. She is about to be married to a rich nobleman whether she wants to or not. They land in the midst of a startling misconception much closer to home then either believes possible. The only way to resolve the matter is to work together. Almost Wonderful is the story of strength, love, and of finding happiness in the last place one would expect.