GENRE: Fiction – Historical Fiction
NUMBER OF PAGES: 408
SERIES / STANDALONE: Series #1
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of RABT book tours in exchange for an honest review. Thanks guys!
Reading a historical fiction set in America was a difference experience. The culture, the dress, the behavior, and etiquette – every minute tiny detail was described in detail making the story a pleasurable read.
Our protagonist, Thomas, falls in love with a married woman – bad idea when the woman in question is not your typical meek housewife but a sharp business woman who charms her way into making money and cuts ruthless deals. The writer traces the history of Pittsburgh – from the Railroad strikes to the assassination of President Garfield and the Johnstown flood while narrating Thomas’s story. Though the story was narrated from Thomas’s point of view, it was not a first person narration.
The story on the outset seemed much like a chronicle of Thomas’s life on the outset but eventually turned into an interesting tale of love and tolerance. The characterization was simply spot on but at times bordered on being a bit unrealistic. Both Thomas’s and Meredith’s character were unconvincing and a bit too good to be true. Particularly, Thomas was too much of a gentleman and I wondered if there are still such species like him around. The narration was bliss to read. Having read enough historical fiction set in the Victorian era or in Britain, this story was an interesting read. The narration brought out the beautiful similarities as well as the stark differences between the American and British cultures. The writer seems to have researched well and also excelled in presenting her research. In fact, at one point, when there were hardly any twists in the story, the research and facts came to rescue. The pacing of the story evidently was uneven. I do understand that a person’s life in 180o would have been a bit mellow and slow due to the absence of modern technology, but that doesn’t mean there would have been other scandals. It’s fiction afterall, there sure was immense scope to make the story a bit more evenly paced.
MY SAY: Perfect read for that lazy summer day.
OVERALL RATING: 4/5
AUTHOR LINKS : www.JeanetteWatts.com
BUY LINKS : CreateSpace