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Emma's Secret by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Emma's Secret by Barbara Taylor Bradford
With "Emma's Secret," Barbara Taylor Bradford returns yet again to the world of the Hartes. This story centers around the mystery of Evan Hughes, a young American woman who is somehow connected with the Hartes. Interspersed with this story is a look at how Emma, Blackie and the other original characters got through World War II. Compared to the other section of the book, this one just shines, making me wonder if perhaps this was cut from the original manuscript of "A Woman of Substance."
The rest of the story, I'm sorry to say, was just tame. The characters are a bit flat. and a lot of the original conflict and spark is leached out of the story. The ending also… Read more
Dragon Jousters #2 Alta, The by Mercedes Lackey
Dragon Jousters #2 Alta, The by Mercedes Lackey
"Alta" follows the story of Kiron, formerly Vetch, the serf-turned-Jouster, as he returns home to Alta and helps train the Altan Jousters in raising tame dragons. As always, Ms. Lackey tells a good story and her characters are interesting and fun.
However, Kiron settles back in to freedom and his home society so smoothly, it didn't seem as though he'd left at all. Also, I found it rather shocking that the loss of his family described so movingly in "Joust" is not even *mentioned* in this book. With his status and particularly with his dragon, doesn't he think to ask one of his new friends for help in locating and rescuing them? I also didn't understand why the… Read more
Sudden Moves by Charlotte Vale Allen
Sudden Moves by Charlotte Vale Allen
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2.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed..., May 28 2004
Maybe it's because I enjoyed "Fresh Air" very much, but I found this sequel to be very disappointing. The characters, with the exception of Lucinda, were largely static. Renee's change of character was completely unbelievable, and the plot device involved with her was lifted wholesale from one of Ms. Allen's other books. Gin hasn't changed at all, Katanya and her family appeared as "walk-ons." Although I did enjoy seeing Lucinda's transformation and budding romance, she is ALWAYS right and the people she disagrees with are ALWAYS wrong. It's really annoying. Eli also seemed to be too good to be true. Jason (Soupboy) was a lot of fun, but, again, his character seemed recycled from… Read more