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This review is from: River of Destiny (Hardcover)
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This is an excellent novel by Barbara Erskine, who seems to improve with every book she writes. Zoe and Ken move to a quiet barn conversion in Suffolk, much against Zoe's wishes, so that he can indulge his competitive streak through his love of sailing. Left to her own devices, Zoe finds that she is best by strange dreams and visions, and it seems as if the barn's past is coming back to haunt her. Meanwhile, she falls for scarred, solitary Leo... and they find their love and their lives running parallel to the lives of those who loved and lived before, in particular the stolid Victorian smith, Daniel, unwilling lover to the Lady of the Big House... and the Saxon smith, Eric, who has created a mystical sword for his Lord. With consummate skill, Ms Erskine weaves a fantastic tale of loves thwarted and loves lost, of malice and magic and ancient curses, and shows why she is still Mistress of the timeslip novel, leaving others in the shade! I couldn't turn the pages fast enough! Superb summer reading, with plots and characters that stay with you long after the story has ended. Recommended!
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Initial post: 23 Jul 2012 17:14:45 BDT
I am sorry, but I absolutely don't agree. The book shows no sign of editing, the plot wobbles all over the place and contains more holes than a sieve, the character arcs are inconsistent and superficial, the POV shifts made me feel 'sea-sick', and the grammar, syntax and style are execrable! Truly dire. If you liked Barbara Erskine's earlier books, avoid this like the plague. It is significant that no 'review excerpts' are quoted on the cover! I doubt the agent/publisher submitted this load of codswallop for review ... or they were so bad as to be unmentionable! The last few offerings have been similarly bad, but this is truly dreadful, and should not have been released.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2012 00:58:57 BDT
I've just submitted my own review of this book and agree that it needs editing! The word "round" is used excessively on almost every page - so annoying!! Her earliest books were much better written.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2012 13:44:57 BDT
Sue K says:
I think we need to take into account that Vine copies of books are often unedited and uncorrected proof copies so we sometimes have to look past errors to concentrate on the story.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2012 14:27:50 BDT
which is also appalling.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2012 15:46:51 BDT
In your opinion :-) While not in my opinion as good as 'Lady of Hay' this was still well worth reading.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2012 15:54:17 BDT
Errr ... of course it's my opinion! who else's would I be expressing???
Posted on 7 Aug 2012 00:27:49 BDT
If you think this book is excellent, you should read her earliest novels which were far superior!
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2012 00:33:07 BDT
Utterly agree. Much better! (Are you Sylvain?)
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