I'm an Aussie, so would usually pump a good Australian author, but Nikki Gemmell has wasted my eyes and reading space. After reading, Lovesong, the bride stripped bare and shiver, all I can say is, "you've read one, you've read 'em all". How boring. How did this person get published over better writers?
The running theme through all 3 novels above, is a confused angst ridden twitty voiceless female, who ends up, with a bun in the oven, but thought it was nice to keep it a secret .... in SHIVER and LOVESONG, the pregnancy is a big secret as both daddies die without really giving a toss about mommy, nor knowing she was preggers.
Gemmell's female character's seem to think and dwell, ponder more on men that really don't give a rats about the "ponderer".
Yet the female host of this babe is so happy she has this private "gift".
In the bridesmaid stripped bare, she did give birth at the end of the book to her hubby's kid. The other two books, the main female was impregnated .... and carried the "seed" with joy even though the daddy was dead.
Such boring repetitive themes. Why buy Gemmell;s novels, when you can read one, and you've read 'em all?
Also, as a reader, you develop no empathy or compassion for the characters, male and female, they're just so dull! Any real person may have a coffee with this person and choose to never make contact again, they're too boring and shallow.
Gemmell does try to make her lead make and female characters have some personality, but its compromised with so much "wordiness" that its rubbish.
By the way, wordness is the word I use to authors that are so excited over their knowledge of prose, that they sugar coat every 5 word sentence, in that many old descriptive adjectives (only to be found in a dictionary) and turn each sentence into a meandering ten paragraph description of how they like their coffee.
It's like the author says, "woweeeeee, I'm in print, let me crap onto you, fair reader, for 20 pages about the color of the sun at dawn. YAWN. Waste of time and oxygen. Who the heck did this author have sex with to get her scribbles in print?
Again, read one of her books, and you've read them all. Don't waste your money on repetitive books, that are droll, set to an old formula and are timewasting trivia.