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3.0 out of 5 stars
Not my usual cup of tea, but I can see its merits, 18 Jan 2011
I pinched this off my girlfriend on holiday last week, having run out of reading matter, so I should start by confessing that it's not the kind of book that I'd normally choose (more of a Frederick Forsyth kinda guy!) and I'm not about to become an avid fan of traditional romantic fiction overnight... hence only three stars. However, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it despite myself. Personally, I found the writing style fluid and easy, the story races along smartly and the historic settings and locations I thought were evoked extremely well and with considerable flair. Let's face it, this book is not designed for those looking for a Nobel-winning masterpiece with a deep meaning in every sentence. There's actually a certain charm in its innocence and straightforwardness - it's not trying to be "clever", there are no gimmicks, no murders, no gratuitous sex and no shopping! It is simply a great old-fashioned story about love, and the sacrifices we make for it. In short an excellent piece of escapism, if you're prepared to lose yourself in the story and not get too hot under the collar that the style isn't on a par with Proust. If you normally like this sort of novel (my girlfriend devours them and really loved this) I don't think you'll be disappointed.