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Very predictable and shallow... bad historical research
on 18 April 2012
Although it wasn't really boring to read, the story is very predictable, in fact it's the same like the previous 2 just with different main characters and slightly different locations.
The author didn't do a good job with her historical research. Now, I don't know whether it was in this book or the second of this series, but as an example: One of the meals served contained potatoes, which just can't be. In the 16th century potatoes were a a novelty, if at all, they were planted as a rarity in gardens, but not by farmers. True, it took over fast, but that only started in the mid to late 17th century.
This book plays in 1658 .. the potato hadn't even reached the British farms then, not to mention the Scottish Highlands, so they were certainly not part of a normal daily diet. At that time they were probably worth their weight in gold.
To someone who is interested in history like I am, the books are very disappointing... the potato bit is just one little thing that doesn't fit and it sums up. Lack of historical information, the few bits provided are either wrong or rudimentary.
Also the stories are shallow and idealized.
For someone who is expecting just a tiny bit more than chaste kisses and embracing it is very lame. I am not even speaking about full scale sex scenes, but the author must have a quite low level of imagination when it comes to passionate love and longing.