historical fiction

The Secret Healer by Ellin Carsta Review | Kieran Higgins

The Secret Healer by Ellin Carsta – Review

The Secret Healer by Ellin Carsta
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I gave up before reaching the climax. The language was horribly anachronistic (though this may be a translation issue) and the author’s approach to showing and telling was frightfully inconsistent. Large, important crucial moments are glossed over in seconds, while pages are devoted to the most trivial of the protagonist’s musings or experience.

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Longbourn by Jo Baker - Review | Kieran Higgins

Longbourn by Jo Baker – Review

Longbourn by Jo Baker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The downstairs to Austen’s upstairs

A brilliant novel, showing us the cogs in the marriage making machine that is the Bennet household. After all, who fetches all those endless trays of teas and delivers the interminable letters? This novel only really works, of course, if you didn’t realise that Pride & Prejudice was satire, and not meant to be taken seriously as the great romance it is today.

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