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Diary of the Reluctant Duchess: Becoming Fancy (McCarron’s Corner…

por Sharon K. Middleton

Series: McCarron's Corner (4)

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My first impression as I started this novel was annoyance and frustration. Having come to this book cold without knowing it was part of a series I found the first two chapters extremely frustrating as character names kept appearing without any explanation of who they were and how they fit in the story. As I started to get a rough idea from the dialogue I had no way of confirming what I thought was being implied. A family tree would have been very helpful here. I've read many historical and time travel novels before, many as part of series and never had this problem. Secondly despite a heading that chapter 1 was set in 1781? And some dialogue around historical events at that time there was very little scene setting, I didn't feel like I was in that time period as you do with other historical novels. The modern speech can be explained away due to the first character Richard being from the future but this needed to be balanced with other scene descriptions. Thirdly Richard struck me as a rather weak and whiny character. Chapter 1 reads in the first person by Richard perhaps if I'd known him in the previous novels I might have a different impression but even further into the novel when his situation improved his character depth didn't. He was not a character I could relate to and he did not appeal even though he was cast as the romantic hero so to speak.
Things improved a little as we entered chapter 2 although it was confusing to have the first person narrative change the first person. In chapter 2 we are now looking through the eyes of the other main character Fancy or Franchesca. Fancy had a lot more depth and was more engaging to read than Richard but there was still the difficulty with placing other characters. Once I got past this problem and knew enough to follow the story it became interesting. Although there were random switches back and forth between who was narrating without warning and this made it difficult to follow who's perspective we were reading from. There was even a couple of points where we switched to third person narrative. I would have found it better, less confusing if the author stuck to one person as the narrator or simply wrote in third person or at the very least made it clear who was narrating when. I've read first person narratives before that don't switch around and still manage to tell the story at the times when the main character isn't directly present.
Nevertheless Fancy's story is engaging, I did appreciate the way the author discussed hard topics like rape without having to describe every little detail, this would have been distressing and yet the descriptions when she arrived in the future were fun and interesting. As we kept going into the story though while interesting I began to wonder where we were going, what was the climax of the story so to speak. I never found it, when I got to the end, it just sort of stopped the narrative without any rhyme or reason. So I was left feeling 'what was the point of the story?'. So despite the interest in the middle I can't give this more than 2 stars. ( )
  LDPace | Nov 19, 2020 |
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It was very enjoyable reading this book as I am totally a fan of love and time travel and when you put them together, what is not to love. This is such a well-written book that it is easy to read and hard to put down. I found myself so engrossed that I would read late into the night nodding off without meaning to and having to put the book aside from my bed covers. The characters are well formed and true to their make-up and don't ever stray outside of their basic personalities. I actually re-read the book as it was so heart-warming and well written. I would definitely rad other books by this author.

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