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LindaHilton

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 17%.

Rose Hill - Pamela Grandstaff

Right now this is a potential two-star book.  I doubt there will be anything to push it upward, but it might go lower.

 

Per the front matter, author Grandstaff self-published this as the first in a series when she couldn't interest a traditional publisher.  Sales weren't great until some promotion came along after several more books had followed.  So she took the opportunity to revise and fix this first title and reissue it.

 

If this is a revised/improved version, I'm glad I didn't get hold of the original.

 

It's not bad, but it's not good.  Too many characters who are barely sketched in, and who don't inspire any loyalty.  I can't keep them straight, and I don't care enough about any of them to make the effort.

 

It feels rushed, as if the author had an idea for a clever murder mystery and wrote it to get the plot down but forgot to develop the setting, the characters, the atmosphere.

 

There isn't even a main character.  Yeah.