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Curiously really rather dull,
This review is from: The Sealed Letter (Paperback)
I wanted to like this book but eventually found it rather irritating. The story-line is engaging enough but the pace is rather pedestrian - probably deliberately so, as it is written in the present tense and in a Victorian 'style'. However, the circumlocutions and euphemisms soon begin to grate and make it not exactly hard going but just rather plodding.
Historically, there is much of interest - in fact, I found the Author's Note at the end fascinating, unlike much of the narrative! But this should not be the case, surely, in a work of historical fiction. (- And isn't always - contrast My Dear I Wanted to Tell You by Louisa Young, which I also read recently and thoroughly enjoyed.)