As a history teacher, and a lover of history I enjoyed the historical aspect of the story. I will admit that it took me quite awhile to get into the novel. Mostly due to the historical snippets of the home's history interwoven with the contemporary story line. They seemed very disconnected, and I was a little frustrated with that. It took me putting the book down and coming back to it a few days later and really sticking it out for a few chapters, but then the glimpses of the past tied in to the story in a really cool way.
Jake's twin niece and nephew were a perfect balance to the rest of the story and I liked Jake's character.
I was a little put off by the strength and intensity of Emily's feelings in regards to the "restitution" she feels like she needs to pay. To me, it sometimes just seemed like all she wanted to do was suffer. And that got a little hard to read. But I could see why that was needed in the story.
Would I recommend this story?
It's not one of my favorites, but I didn't hate it either. It was okay. If your stuck looking for a book this is definitely not a bad choice.
I would give it 3/5 stars.
I'm always looking for fictional novels with accurate historical references/backgrounds. I stay frustrated.ReplyDelete
hmm.. happy new year (:ReplyDelete