Most helpful critical review
on July 23, 2002
I bought this Lori Wick book because I have all her other fiction on my "keeper" shelf. Every work of fiction she has ever written, I own. I simply want to keep my collection in tact.
The plot in this story was basically nonexistent, the characters boring and not particulary likeable. I didn't mind that the book spent so much time with the characters from "The Proposal" - as unfulfilling as that story was, those characters were better than the ones in "The Rescue".
The plot centers around a young woman, born a lady but forced by circumstances to live the life of a lower class woman. She literally falls off a ladder into the arms of a man and her dementia suffering father demands the gentleman marry the daughter. The daughter tells the man to go along, but never once does she tell the gentleman that the "marriage" will only be to pacify her father for the moment and is not a "real" marriage. The woman is "terrified" for the gentleman's life but doesn't have the guts to blurt out the truth quickly because "he has an angry look on his face". This is a strong-willed woman who takes care of her father with little to no resources, but she's afraid of an angry look? Regardless of the era, I find that hard to swallow. Perhaps that plot weakness is why I didn't find the book very satisfying.
I understand that during the early 1800s there was much that hurt a reputation, but Anne's desire to protect Robert, despite his boorish attitude with her, is unrealistic. The only really realistic conversation in the entire book to my mind was when Anne asked her Pastor's wife if Robert, as a new groom, would expect intimacy right away. The Pastor's wife told her he would and advised Anne not to put him off. As it turns out, this was not the case with Robert, but the advice was the correct advice. So why then did the Pastor's wife regret that piece of advice??? THAT advice and counsel was realistic to the times.
Mrs. Wick does provide the teaching of the Gospel, as is done in all her books, and there is a character conversion, as is done in all her books. I do like this aspect of her work. However, I would really like to see a character change a human flaw with God's help rather than seeming to need Him only for their "love life".
I really miss Mrs. Wick's fine work in her earlier novels. As She seems more determined to keep putting books on the shelves every six months rather than write "different" books. Read the Kensington Chronicles if you haven't - they are so much better than this series.
Perhaps the next series, not to mention book, will better garner my attention.