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Linda Hilton

Reader, Writer, Merciless Reviewer and Incurable Romantic

Currently reading

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
Nancy MacLean
Progress: 134/574 pages
Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy
Christopher L. Hayes
Progress: 17/304 pages
The Secular Scripture: A Study of the Structure of Romance
Northrop Frye
Progress: 43/200 pages
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
Arlie Russell Hochschild
Progress: 96/454 pages
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Ibram X. Kendi
Progress: 22/750 pages
All the President's Men
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Progress: 73/383 pages
Women's Gothic and Romantic Fiction: A Reference Guide (American Popular Culture)
Kay Mussell
Progress: 17/157 pages
The Looking-Glass Portrait
Linda Hilton
Really Neat Rocks: A casual introduction to the rocks & gems of Arizona and the lapidary arts
Linda Hilton
Progress: 61/61 pages
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Jon Krakauer

Reading progress update: I've read 82%.

A Harvest Passion - Emily Murdoch

Having one character who is TSTL is bad enough.  When both of them qualify, well, you're up shit creek.


Hestia Royce has lived in this small English town her entire life.  (We don't know how old she is, but at least of an age to marry.)  She knows the power of social approval and disapproval.  She ignores that power at her own peril -- and ignore it she does.


And then she blames Leo!


Leo, the missionary who was a teacher before he was a missionary, should know even better.  He, too, ignores propriety.  He speaks to her without introduction.  He goes to her house without invitation.


But she attends the dance at the local assembly room, without a chaperon.  And dances!


And she visits him at his lodging, without ever thinking that there might be other people there who would see her and be scandalized.


And he of course compounds everything by admitting her to his room, and then kissing her!


Are these people totally bonkers?


Yes, they are.  Because they do all these stupid things without sufficient motivation.  This is just plain bad writing.


Now I've reached 84%, and we have more TSTL behavior, with Hestia ranting that all a woman has is her reputation and hers is destroyed.  Um, and just who destroyed it?


:rolls eyes: