My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My July book of the month was The Viscount’s Bride by Ann Elizabeth Cree. I really enjoyed this book this past month. It was a passionate, entertaining read that did not seem repetitive and was really fresh. I would recommend this book to historical romance lovers, who wish that they were born in the 1800’s. I know I wish I was!
I promise to be brutally honest with my opinion, but it should not be taken as fact. Any reader should read it for themselves, before they decide if this book has any merit or not. Do not judge this book biased solely on my opinion. If you do, you might miss out on a great read. You never know. It could happen. My review may contain spoilers, but I really strive to be spoiler-free. I borrowed this book from my local library. This book was not suggested to me by the author. I have no affiliation with the author or his/her publisher.
Lady Chloe is fierce and really anything but a proper lady. She has her own problems that was mentioned in a previous book in which it was explained in more depth. I wish I would have known that it is not exactly a stand alone novel, but it can be if you are satisfied with less detail about her life before. I really love that she is the perfect heroine. She is spunky and she doesn’t need a man to fulfill her, but she does need a man in her life to save her from a dreadful arranged marriage. I love historical romances where women are still strong-willed even though they are expected to be married at a young age. Lady Chloe still kept true to her character, but I loved the ending.
Lady Chloe’s uncle is one of the antagonists in this book. The other being her stepbrother, who is more off a concept than an actual person. He never actually appeared in this book. He was apparently in the previous book (I think this one is the sequel?). The real evil antagonist though is society. Society created this concept that being twenty-one and single meant that your chances of getting married was next to nil. I really enjoyed this book though.
Strong Minor Characters:
I really enjoyed the variety of characters in this book and the fact that the reader got a glimpse into the male psyche. I have never read a book before where I really liked all of the characters and thought that they all added positively to the plot. All of the characters were fully developed, which is surprising to see such development in characters that have smaller roles in a novel.
There is sort of a mixed plot in this book of an ending old plot with this book’s new plot. The plot is a little hard to put your finger on, because it is a bit complicated and mixed. The main plot is Lady Chloe trying to get married into a comfortable relationship. There is a lot going on, but somehow it is not overwhelming or hard to follow. I love how easy of a read this book really was.
Honestly, much of this book is dialogue and there is not a lot of descriptive scenes in the book. The parts that do describe the setting are really detailed and a joy to read. I loved the flow to the book and how true it is the area in which it took place. There really is not much more to say about the topic, except that the brief setting details broke up the sections of dialogue beautifully. It really kept the book from being boring or too dialogue heavy.
The author did an excellent job in breaking up the dialogue and keeping the social interactions interesting. She keeps true to her characters’ different voices, which keeps each character distinct instead of blurring them all together. I really love the book and I cannot express this anymore than I already have. Not all books can keep characters true til the end, but this book does that beautifully and effortlessly. This book does not feel like work to read, but very enjoyable.
I found a few parts very surprising and let me tell you, it is hard to surprise me in books. I am a terrific reader. I really get into the plot and usually catch onto foreshadowing before the author does. The more surprises a book has for me, the more I enjoy a book. A good book is hardly ever predictable. If it was, it would not be all that enjoyable, because you would know where the book is headed the whole entire time that you are reading the book. For me, it isn’t worth reading a book that puts out on every page, please leave something to the imagination. 🙂
There really is a moment of uncertainty at this point and you do not know what is going to happen really. Then, it all shortly gets resolved and it becomes a closed matter. I wonder if there is a book after this one (I just checked and there is not. 😦 ) that continues the story. I am really interested in reading the previous one after reading this one. I do not want to spoil this for anyone, so I’ll leave it at that.
While I did not find myself crying when reading this book, I did find myself personally attached to the characters and feeling their doubts and joys as if it were my own. I really felt a connection to the characters, but especially to Chloe. I also love her name. It is not very traditional, but back then, they were more brave with naming their children.
I loved the resolution to this addition of the story. It was not cookie cutter perfect and that is what makes it even better in my mind. I love it when endings are not perfect. It mimics real life, where events hardly ever are perfect. You may have that perfect day, but your whole life? I’ve never had that, so I couldn’t see this book ending any other way.
I really like this author’s writing style. The author’s writing is closely connected to your enjoyment of the story. If you loved the story, then you most likely loved the author’s writing. I have on occasion loved the story, but hated the author’s writing style. I find that a rare occurrence, however. I really liked this author’s writing style. I did find a few parts boring, but on a whole, it was really enjoyable to read.
It is nothing to write home about. It is really dated looking and not all that attractive. I find it very surprising, since it was published in 2003. I never would have guessed that by looking at the cover. It’s the reason why it took me forever to finally read it. I’m glad I did, though!
This is a historical romance, but it is a complete work of fiction. No part of this story is historically accurate. It is just a romance story set in a certain time period, 1800s or maybe the 1900s? I want to say the 1800s, though and definitely in England, that is for sure.
The Viscount’s Bride is not really a show stopper, but I was really into books like this after I read a few Meg Cabot books that were similarly titled. I don’t know what else I would name it, though. The title kind of gives the story away, too.
Overall, I would give this four stars. It has to really knock my socks off or rock my world to earn the coveted title of five stars. I don’t give my stars away lightly.
Selena Hannah xoxoxo