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The Copper Witch (The Broken Line Book 1) by [Dall, Jessica]
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3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in The Broken Line (3 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 791 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
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  • Publisher: 5 Prince Publishing (12 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IZ1D0DK
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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The Copper Witch was a bit of a slow starter for me, and at one point I wasn't actually sure that I was going to carry on with it. However, I kept going, and I'm glad I did, as by the end I didn't want to put it down.

The thing that put me off a bit was how old Adela was. She was 15 at the start of the book, but she was acting a lot older (we're talking seducing men and playing politics). For the most part though, especially later in the book, it was easy to forget how old she was, and that really helped me I think.

I loved the politics in this. And I loved the relationship between Adela and Edward because of it. I liked both of those characters, or at least I did by the end. Antony was a little bit more of an enigma for me. I did wonder what the point of him was while I was in the middle of the book, but it all became clear.

I'm assuming, from some of the information in the book, that this is set somewhere fictional, but like England. This allowed the author some more liberties than if she'd gone all out historical, but I liked seeing the influences of English history in the story (there were times when I couldn't help but compare Adela to Mary & Anne Boleyn, as well as Elizabeth Woodville. The latter more than the Boleyn sisters).

It was an interesting read, and I really enjoyed it once I got past the first quarter!

I received a copy of the Copper Witch from Netgalley. This is my voluntary review.
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I was given an advanced copy if this novel for a fair, honest review.

I enjoyed The Copper Witch, although it wasn't my usual genre of reading. I found Adela very ambitious and cunning and she used her beauty to get what she wanted. I did find her quite vulnerable though and felt like she was targeted by the powerful, political men. I loved the authors description of Adela, she sounded at times quite magical and ethereal. Adela also reminded me of a female Henry VIII. The author kept me interested as I was intrigued to where Adela's ambitions would take her. It was sad in places and I felt Adela never achieved true happiness.
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars 17 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 29 Dec. 2014
By Juliet Mullan - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book on a whim since it was on sale and first in a series, without really knowing what I was getting myself into. It makes sense, then, that I didn't really see where the story was going until it was happening - which actually I think was wonderful. Jessica Dall does a wonderful job of keeping me interested in what Adela will do next, because she's such a well-developed character: beautiful, charming, cunning, but also with - in Adela's own words - a strong sense of self-preservation, which some would find off-putting or chilling. Adela is refreshingly real, and Ms. Dall does a fantastic job of bringing her to life - and I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
4.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't ready for it to end! 15 Mar. 2014
By Carolyn - Published on Amazon.com
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I never thought I could enjoy reading and feel such empathy for a character who was so annoying but Dall succeeded in not only having me get inside this protagonist (antagonist?) and realize she's just young and bored but to have such feeling for her that I literally cried when she experienced a loss I felt so bad for her. I can't remember the last time a book made me cry. But then she was back to her annoying 'love 'em and manipulate 'em' ways that made me enjoy disliking her again. The book was written in such a descriptive way that I could picture the scenes and almost felt I was watching a movie. It would make a good movie, actually with its fast-paced dialogue. I can't wait to read what Dall has in store for Adela (and us) in the next book. I really didn't want this story to end.
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it! 26 July 2014
By pegk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Could not put it down! Loved the character development and the story line. Could relate to naughty Adela.....laughed and cried for her. Can't wait to read Jessica's next book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Fast-paced Romance with a Fortune Hunter as a Protagonist. 15 Mar. 2014
By Lauralee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Jessica Dall’s debut novel tells the story of the impoverished daughter of a baron who manages to catch the crown prince’s eye. She then rises from her humble beginnings to become the most powerful woman in the country. This is a tale of ambition, romance, and betrayal that will be sure to delight fans of soap operas. But overall, there is an intelligent woman, who will do anything to achieve her goals.

Adela at first seems to be a carefree, independent, bold woman, who loves to speak her mind. However, as the novel progresses, she soon shows her true colors. She is vain. She cares a lot about her own beauty, and she judges and makes fun of others who are not as beautiful as her. She is also cold, calculating, power-hungry and ruthless. She does not care about the harm she causes in others, and leaves them on the roadside if they are of no use to her, for she is focused on her own goal. Adela is the person spinning the web and all the other characters become entangled in the web she spins.

I found that it is because of these reasons that I did not like Adela, the protagonist. Adela is a hard woman to like, and she is hard to trust. The story also focuses on Antony, who is Adela’s former art tutor and an admirer of Adela. Sometimes, reading from his perspective feels like a very nice reprieve because it takes the focus off of Adela for a little bit.

Overall, it is a very well-written story. The setting is beautifully well--developed that helps us understand the plot and Adela’s motives. Although the main character is not likeable, the author makes up for it by having a fast-paced and interesting plot. She keeps the reader eager to read what happens next. Adela reminds me of other literary ambitious gold diggers like Holly Golightly, Scarlett O’Hara, and Becky Sharp. This book will appeal to readers who love historical fiction, royal romances, and a female gold digger as the protagonist. The book is also recommended for fans of Vanity Fair, Gone With The Wind, and Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
(Note: Recived a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Ambition and Romance 13 Mar. 2014
By Austine @ NovelKnight - Published on Amazon.com
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My, my, my, Miss Adela Tilden certainly knows how to get herself noticed. From the granddaughter of a baroness to the king's court, this little spitfire works her way to the top and all while under twenty. That's definitely ambition if I ever saw it. Dall threw Adela into a world of politics and intrigue and set her loose on the poor nobles.

They never stood a chance.

I didn't take to Adela's character until later in the story. Her young age and mannerisms gave her an edge of teen annoyance that I didn't favor, but as the story progressed, I forgot her age as she never really acted as young as she actually was. I can't imagine being so driven with ambition -- and so successful -- at such a young age. At the beginning, Adela is a young girl who would do whatever she could to relieve the boredom of her country home, especially entertaining young men around the home and seducing them with her beauty and wit. She's quite the harlot, if I do say so myself, and while "sleeping her way to the top" might not be entirely accurate, her mind for strategy and knowledge of her effect on men proved to be some of her greatest strengths in getting what she most desired.

I admire her character for being so bold in a world where women didn't have as many rights as men, and were reliant on marriage for security, both monetary and otherwise. Adela took what she wanted and that was that.

As for the rest of The Copper Witch's cast, they really made this story. Adela was distinct in her own right but I bored of her character alone. The other characters and there interactions with Adela, their reactions to her ambitious decisions and apathetic feelings toward those she'd already cast off for high positions, brought life and depth to the book. At the start the reader meets Antony, a painter commissioned to paint a portrait of Miss Tilden. During Adela's seduction of Antony, we get to see his struggle to maintain a proper distance...and fail. Dall focused a bit on him and I wasn't sure if the story would get to Adela and the prince, as mentioned in the synopsis, but it picked up quite a bit upon her leaving her country home. Throughout her journey as a rising star in court, Adela is accompanied by her friend and maid Lettice, who acts as an older sister when her mistress needs guidance the most -- and refuses it, naturally. Lettie remains loyal despite the string of male followers Adela gains, each ranking higher than the next until she cannot go any higher. Both Antony and Lettie keep their friendship with Adela when many slander her name and the lengths she went to in order to obtain such a high standing. Later on, we meet Prince Edward, who seems to share Adela's ambition and the two hit it off. I really hoped they would work out as Adela seemed to actually have feelings for him compared to the others before him.

...which brings me to the romance.

If you're looking for the hot and heavy, toe-curling sex scenes, this isn't the book for you. Adela and Antony have a fleeting fling before she joins the nobility life and is engaged to Lord Auborn, Thomas, within days of arriving at her aunt's. While he is smitten with her, as the pattern suggests, Adela quickly moves on to accept the attention of a duke, then the prince-turned-king during her engagement. I wasn't a big fan of the lady here and hoped Antony wouldn't be returning to seek her affections once more, although we're provided with glimpses of his various jobs. But Adela reaches the top with Edward and I hoped this was the last one. They both seemed to compliment each other well and while the romance and love between the two came off the page (in a perfectly tame fashion, mind you). It came down to whether I was rooting for Edward or Antony, and while she and Edward fit well, I'm on Team Antony. I think Adela needed the down-to-earth attitude he seemed to present.

The story itself is fairly simple to summarize, but much deeper once you read. Dall developed her protagonist throughout the course of a year and presented the perfect lead-in to a sequel, although I'm not sure where the story will go next despite Adela's young age. The Copper Witch did an excellent job of tying off most of the lose ends so it will be interesting to see where book two takes us.

Overall, I was quite pleased with this novel and am glad I accepted the review request, having been told by Red of Dall's writing skill. It's a great read for anyone who enjoys historical romances, or romances in general that are on the tamer side. I couldn't put it down
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