Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
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Anastasia, an innocent young woman from the English countryside, now finds herself having to navigate the tricky waters of London society, catching the notice of a handsome but cynical duke in Who Brings Forth the Wind, a novel by author Lori Wick.
As I’m pretty sure I’ve said before, I’ve enjoyed this ChristFic author a lot in the past, and most of the books I’ve read by her, I’ve read more than once. I won’t be finishing this novel, though.
Anastasia is timid, naive, and syrupy sweet, rather instantly falling for a man because he’s a looker, I reckon. He’s been huffy, arrogant, disingenuous, and blatantly forward towards her during the little time they’ve spent in each other’s company, and she’s in love with him, all of a sudden. I mean, yes, it’s one thing not to pick up on someone’s disingenuousness, but there’s nothing dashing about huffiness in a man.
And, yeah, there’s much ado and repetition about the characters’ high levels of physical attractiveness. It’s something I expect and try to let slide with this author, when I like the characters or am interested in the plot, but I’m finding neither the characters nor the plot compelling enough to stick with this story.
I really liked Wings of the Morning, though, and I’m intrigued by the thought of the fourth and last novel in the series traveling back to the 16th century. So I’ll continue on with the Kensington Chronicles.
An update already: yes, I did go on to try the last book in this series, and it wasn’t for me. I think I enjoyed Book Two because there’s adventure and danger woven into that story. It has more “oomph” than just a historical fairytale-like tale. Not enough “oomph” for me in the rest of the books, though I’m not sorry I at least gave them a try.
Here are my thoughts on Book One of the Kensington Chronicles, The Hawk and the Jewel.