The Sweetest Revenge by Dawn Halliday
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
For me it was just an okay'ish read .... not mind blowing. Which is a shame really as the description held just a bit more promise than the actual delivery.
Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate it .... and I'll just have to put it down as the fact that the undefinable je ne sais quoi was missing for me.
As always, I would encourage you to read it (obviously if you are into historical fiction, if you're a horror fan or something other, then just ignore that remark).
There were a few errors picked up, but not many, which I will detail below in the Errors/Bug bears section, but that wasn't the reason it got just 3 stars from me.
If you could bottle the catalyst that turns it from okay to great sometimes for a particular reader, you'd be onto a fortune from willing writers'.
This was one of my DSOA picks back in March this year when it was available as a free Kindle download. At the time of writing this Review though it is available for 77p HERE.
Loc 48: Not that he had ever spent much time at the seat of his earldom.
I believe that it should be a leading capital letter, so correct to: Earldom.
Loc 1467: I must go prepare.
Typical American grammar, and by now you will probably have guessed that I hate to see it in an historical context, so it should be corrected to:
I must go and prepare.
Loc 1645: She turned on her heel and leave.
She turned on her heel and left.
Loc 1804: His second day, he'd gone grouse hunting with the other men and hadn't seen her until dinner.
This is a bug bear, and American authors' please take note. Grouse are found on Heather Moorland, there is no Heather Moorland in Peterborough, so it should be just shooting.
Loc 4152: He managed to tell Jenkins to have the ladies wait in the drawing room.
Uck, such a badly written sentence. Try changing it to something along the lines of:
He managed to tell Jenkins to request that the ladies wait in the Drawing Room.