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114. Magnificence Amongst Ruins
Magnificence Amongst Ruins. J’nell Ciesielski. 2021. [January] 368 pages. Thomas Nelson. [Source: Review copy]
First sentence: CREEPING THROUGH THE BACK DOOR, LILY DURHAM slipped throughout the black-and-white tiled kitchen and checked the hallway earlier than scurrying up the steps to the principle flooring.
Premise/plot: Lily Durham, our heroine, finds herself a nursing support throughout the first world struggle after her dad and mom ship her off to England for her ‘rebellious’ suitor-repelling angle. Lily and her cousin Bertie are nurses–or a nurse and a nurses aide–at a convalescent dwelling in Scotland. There are various, many, many guidelines for them to dwell by–for all of the nursing staff–but one is to not enter the personal quarters of the household. What number of guess that Lily will ‘by accident’ break that rule a couple of instances!
Alec MacGregor, our hero, is struggling…with many issues. The way forward for his property is doubtful for the money owed are monstrous. And he is being haggled–pestered–by a no good reporter with a grudge towards his household. His mom has disconnected from life; his sister is so sick she hasn’t left her room in years. The very last thing he is searching for is a fantastic younger girl taking an curiosity in his effectively being…in his household’s effectively being.
My ideas: This one positively has vibes of Magnificence and the Beast. I have never determined if this was intentional or not. (Not that Lily is Belle together with her head caught in a ebook. Maybe simply the setting of a crumbling fort with a super-cranky-grumpy grasp. Maybe the thawing or breaking down of wall…) I liked the setting. I liked the Scottish hero. (You just about have me at hi there anytime there is a Scottish hero!) I liked the setting of World Warfare I.
There have been many issues I loved about this one. I liked the characterization of Lily and Alec. However the characterization of most if not all the opposite characters is on the weaker aspect. Particularly, her dad and mom are notably one dimensional and simply plain previous MEAN with none actual cause. They’re simply stereotypically against something that may carry their daughter happiness. I could not perceive her mom…in any respect. The plot may additionally get a bit melodramatic in locations. I may have used rather less drama. Generally I really feel romance novels over-push it within the drama division in relation to inventing obstacles to make it tough to get to a contented ending. I feel the struggle provided sufficient pure obstacles with out a lot extra occurring within the background.
Nonetheless all that being stated, I positively loved it greater than not. I actually favored the romance.
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