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By Katherine Reay

“Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition. I loved that line. I’d laughed out loud when I stumbled across it and read it at least five times to commit it to memory. It was so true. It applied to work and it applied to life. So much did not call for rational opposition.”

This book was much better than A Portrait of Emily Price. The characters were complex and flawed. Although I didn’t like them or their actions all of the time, I was rooting for them and interested in their development. The author did a superb job of painting the characters fully. She showed where they were coming from when they did or felt stuff I couldn’t relate to.
The romance was pretty lame, but that’s OK because it was really just there to add another shade to the character. All three of the women ended up improving or repairing the relationship with their men. There was definitely a much more prominent Christian element in this one. Some will love it and some will roll their eyes and page on by. I liked it OK.
The author told the story from the 3 perspectives of the 3 women. I did find it difficult to follow who was talking when because she changed tenses and went from 1st person to 3rd person. Some of her writing was awkward, and I sometimes had to re-read passages because it seemed like I missed something. Sometimes I had, and sometimes I hadn’t-It was her mistake or oversight. Her sentences didn’t always flow into each other smoothly or logically. And that took me out of the story.
Ending on a positive note, I did add a couple of books to my TBR pile and will add more, I’m sure, once I peruse the list of novels and non-fiction that are mentioned somewhere in the book. I will definitely be reading Dear Mr. Knightley. But unless it is fantastic, probably not anymore.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

June 9, 2020

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