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Have read a lot of JQ's books and loved the vast majority. This offering was extremely poor. The plot.was very weak, the characters were dull and the ending was rushed. By far the worst thing about this book was paragraph after paragraph of filler dialogue that was like witnessing an awkward conversation but which was more awkward and boring to read. I would not waste your money
This was such a disappointment. The story is wafer thin and so is the characterisation. There was no depth or originality or anything to make this stand out from the run-of-the-mill, plotted-by-numbers, forgettable genre fiction that leaves the reader thinking 'Was that it?'
Wie sehnsüchtig habe ich als Julia Quinn Fan dieses neue Rokesby Story erwartet und dann das! Kastastrophal langweilige "Handlung" und qualitativ bedauernswerter Schreibstil umschreibt dieses Buch am besten. Zunächst wird man den langatmigen Überlegungen des männlichen Protagonisten ausgesetzt, der seine nachbarschaftliche Verpflichtung abwägt, die kompromitierte Tochter zu heiraten, um sie vor Skandal zu schützen. Und zwar gegenüber seinem Wunschziel weiter zu studieren und Arzt zu werden. Dem Leser soll glaubhaft gemacht werden, dass er bereits ist, alles zu riskieren und sich auf eine Heirat einzulassen, weil er sich innerhalb weniger Stunden fast verliebt hat. Das Paar heiratet und sagt sich imnnerhalb kürzester Zeit "I love you". Dies wird dann auf die Spitze getrieben: "I love you/I love you two" sechsmal zueinander zu sagen ("I didn't want to be to first to say it to you this time"). Höchst albern! Schlimmer noch als diese Teenager-Momente ist allerdings der Schreibstil, der berechtigte Zweifel aufkommen lässt, ob dies ein Julia Quinn Buch ist. Man ist hier deutlich von der Qualität abgewichen. Kurze Sätze, ständige Wiederholungen, die Geschichte kommt nicht voran. Das Paar fährt nach Edinburgh und unterhält sich seitenweise über medizinische Behandlungsformen der damaligen Zeit. Das war's. Keinerlei spannende Szenen oder Herausforderungen, die es zu meistern gilt. Ich weiß nicht, wofür ich zwei Sterne geben soll, aber einer scheint zu armselig. Immerhin ist es irgendeine Form der Lektüre und Bücher sollte man schätzen. Fällt hier aber sehr schwer. Überhaupt nicht empfehlenswert. Würde ich zurückgehen lassen, wenn das Buch nicht Lesespuren hätte.
I wonder whether this is truly a book by Julia Quinn. What a boring plot. As a great fan, I was so looking forward to this book about the Rokesbys but this is simply disappointing. The male protagonist arrives at home and is pressured into taking his neighbour's daughter to wife (simply because she was involved in a scandal). OK, those were the times. However, the author then wants the reader to believe that they fall in love within hours. Well... They travel to Edingburgh and the rest of the plot is ... NOT A PLOT. Nothing whatsoever happens. No challenges, no obstacles to overcome, no other interesting characters to liven up the story. NOTHING: They spend the book engaging in conversations about the medical treatment forms of that era. No fun! Unless you are a medical student interested in ancient techniques maybe. Moreover, there is this catastropic writing style: short sentences, numerous repetitive phrases. The worst is the pair's silly competition ("I did not want to be the one to say it last this time.") where they say I love you six times to each other on a few pages. Nauseating! Very juvenile (Reminds one of: You hang up. No, you hang up!) I think Quinn's readers are past that age. I know I am! One truly suffers along until the end. And is left with a book by this author that leaves one speechless. Where are the witty, fun word games? Where are the interesting additional characters? Where is the darn story? Can something please HAPPEN here? This was not worth the time and effort. Would not recommend it at all. Sorry, Ms Quinn, invest more time and care and return to your usual quality standards. One star for quality! Another one because I believe one should support books of any kind as they are an endangered species.
Unfortunately I felt that Ms Quinn had really “phoned in” this one. There wasn’t much of a story and I was surprised to see I was 60% through the book without much having happened. The story was comforting as Ms Quinn’s novels often are but there was very little substance.
Sadly it's a really weak book , liked the others but this love story just didn't work for me ... they fall in love in one day and that's really all to the story, nothing more happens before or after that. Sweet but boring ....
This is maybe 1.5 stars because the writing itself isn't terrible (though nor is it anywhere as witty or eloquent as JQ is capable of giving us!), and I'm always relieved to come across a hero who's a genuinely decent, honorable man in a current romance landscape where the vast majority of alleged "heroes" are (from my perspective!) written as uncomfortably close to villainous jerks for about 95% of any given novel.
Thus ends the list of this book's positive attributes, at least in this disappointed reader's view :) The heroine is kind of generic and at times vaguely annoying. The hero, though deserving credit for technically being in that aforementioned 'good guy' category that I think this genre could use a whole lot more of, never fully comes to life as a vibrant and layered character.
And I never buy that these two are in love or even more than in vague, mild 'like.' Their connection just never feels the least bit deep or even authentic to me. At the outset of the novel, Nicholas and Georgie are not-especially-close family friends who casually exchange banter that I think is supposed to be A LOT funnier and more clever than it actually is, and by the end of the novel they feel like...well, like family friends who casually exchange banter that I think is supposed to be A LOT funnier and more clever than it actually is. Not exactly a thrilling emotional journey :)
I don't need angst and a ton of conflict. I don't even WANT angst or a ton of conflict. I'm all about mood-lifting fluff, especially in these bleak times. But even (sometimes especially!) in the most unabashedly light and fluffy romances, we get to see a lovely connection grow between the H and h. I guess we're supposed to think these two connect moderately well on an intellectual level since they're both interested in medicine, (though one big problem is that neither character comes across as nearly as intelligent as they're theoretically supposed to be!), but there's barely any connection AT ALL between them emotionally or romantically, and it's all just so forced and hollow.
I made the mistake of disregarding the many warnings about how there's little to no actual story/plot, because as most of us romance fans will acknowledge, intricate storytelling/plotting is not exactly what romances are known for :) And I'm usually totally fine with that---I read romance for the characters, the often insightful and clever writing, the dialogue, the humor, the warmth and smiles that love stories evoke, and the ultimately optimistic, hopeful view of life and love. In this case, however, I found myself indifferent to the characters and actually cringing at much of the 'trying way, way, WAY too hard to be cutesy and funny and falling woefully short' dialogue, which served to highlight just how maddeningly plodding and aimless this book was. Nearly every single scene felt as if it dragged on (and on...and on...!) literally about five times as long it should have been, and it's not even as if those scenes served to reveal anything valuable about the characters or their relationship.
Honestly, this book is just endless rambling, meandering and blathering, and almost none of it was remotely clever or amusing to me. I know JQ can do so much better, and hopefully next book she'll remind us!
Loving JQ's books I was so looking forward to this. Oh, the disappointment. It starts the usual calm and dialog laden way, setting up the plot and of course both H&h are likable. But it unfortunately soon begins to be overly chatty. The first time it became 'let's skip this' was an annoying discussion about living arrangements and what staff is needed for the newlyweds by the parents. Then during the journey to Edinburgh we have to endure pages and pages and pages of cat journey details. Good grief. Cat feelings, cat sounds, cat name stories (only to then never to be mentioned again). I love cats but sorry, what a waste of words, pages and time. It could have/should have been used better for Georgie and Nicholas getting to know each other better (yes, they've known each other their entire life but clearly weren't best buds and now hadn't seen each other for a long time). Bedroom scenes are very chatty as well, yet we are expected to believe that over the course of a weekend there was no time discuss their living arrangements. Everything feels rushed. I get that the whole premise of the marriage is time but once they reach Edinburgh we could have spent some more time with the couple before the "I love you's" (wrapped in another tedious chatty dialogue) and then, spoiler, Epilogue. Bam. It felt we were cut off in the middle of the story. I was hoping that amongst all the historical details about medicine and woman rights there would have been an interesting story for Georgie. What a missed opportunity.
By far my least favorite of her books, this one was a bit of a let down. I started re-reading the Bridgerton series during the pandemic and stopped to read this when I saw its release. I have to say that I’m happy to be done and moving back to the other series. There just wasn’t a lot to the story, not to mention it contained a lot of modern day verbiage that isn’t typical of Quinn novels. I don’t expect to completely be able to immerse myself in the time period but there were so many modern day phrases that would never have occurred couldn’t help but be surprised by their use. Also, I couldn’t seem to find myself liking the heroine who bulldozed her husband on multiple occasions. If you don’t have anything better to read, go for it, but if you are looking for a new author and want to give JQ a try, I would not start with this one.