My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The 3 stars is what I think was the overall average rating of the book but each story was different.
Jude Deveraux – Unfinished Business
2 out of 5 stars
I knew I’d get fed up with this story from the first paragraph. Jude Deveraux over-described everything. Seriously, most of the time I was sat there like ‘Just get on with it already!’.
When I read the description about this story I thought that it would be alright. And it would have been.
If it weren’t for the main characters.
Tyler was described as a shy character and then, pretty much the minute she meets Joel, she turns into a tempting temptress. (Can’t believe I just wrote the words ‘tempting temptress’ but that’s the best way to describe it.)
Joel was described as an arrogant man who didn’t care about anyone but himself but the minute he meets Tyler he turns into a big kid.
I would have understood if their personalities changed gradually but this was just like someone had flicked a switch and made them do complete 180’s.
Also, as a quick aside, she calls Edinburgh Castle ‘Holyrood Castle’. It’s Edinburgh Castle – at the top of the Royal Mile – and Holyrood Palace – at the bottom of the Royal Mile. Not much but it bugged me.
Jill Barnett – Fall from Grace
2 out of 5 stars
Grace has to be one of the most annoying heroines ever. Everything she did was over-the-top and dramatic. And it seemed as if the author deliberately made her really bad at combat for comic relief.
It wasn’t. It was cringy.
Colin was okay – not the best hero. Everything just seemed to fall into place for him. It was all just too easy and at times I was thinking that the author could have at least made an effort for him to do something.
Grace’s friend Fiona was a very bad comic-relief character. She was deaf in her right ear, so it was a running ‘joke’ that she misheard everything (example: ‘bring the rope’, she heard ‘bring the soap’). Also, her very bad playing of the bagpipes was overused.
There was an over-usage of the words ‘och’ and ‘mon’. Let me tell you. Scottish people do not say ‘och’. Not as much as Grace did, anyway. And Doric for ‘man’ is not ‘mon’, it’s ‘min’. I kept giggling when the romantic parts came up and Grace would suddenly go ‘Och, Colin.’
Geralyn Dawson – Cold Feet
3 out of 5 stars
I was beginning to despair of this book, so this story was a nice relief. For starters, it’s probably one of the only books where the author actually knows how to write Doric and not overuse anything.
The main characters were really sweet in this book. And the story was cute.
Can’t really think of anything else to say about this story except that I wish the author had told us why Sarah (one of the side characters) didn’t like her husband. The story started with Rand (the hero) escorting her to Scotland and she kept saying stuff about how she wished she could change things. But it never got explained why.
Pat Binder – The Matchmaker
1 out of 5 stars
This has to be one of the most annoying stories I have ever read.
Not so much anything to do with the plot – I actually quite liked the whole time-travelling thing- but everything else (the characters, the dialogue, etc) was very, very bad.
To be fair, though, it was only little things but it ruined the story for me.
Let’s begin, shall we? (This will probably be more of a list than anything).
As far as I know, Scotland has never had a tradition with matchmaker’s – this story kept going on about this.
Not everyone in Scotland has a surname starting with ‘Mac’! Barely anyone does!
Seattle is 8 hours behind Britain – not ahead.
The dialect sounded like a Scottish person reciting a Shakespearean play (I’m on about the 21st century characters – the 16th century characters are excused). Who says ‘’tis’ nowadays?! Also, we do say words like ‘don’t’, ‘can’t’ and ‘no’. We barely ever spread them out to ‘do not’, ‘cannot’ or ‘nay’. Again, who says ‘nay’ in this day and age, unless they’re being sarcastic or acting? The author never once made Kathleen say ‘don’t’, ‘can’t’, ‘no’, etc. We do say ‘no’. It’s quite a common word.
Also, Kathleen told Duncan about her life. While doing so, she mentioned that she went to the University of Edinburgh but then, every single time after that she would say ‘When I was at the University of Edinburgh’, or ‘When I graduated from University of Edinburgh’. She could have just as easily (if not easily-er – not a word, I know) said ‘When I was at university’, or ‘When I graduated from university.
I’m almost finished my rant. I’ll write one more thing, otherwise I’ll be here forever. She kept referring to the bakery she owned as the ‘bakery shop’. No one calls bakeries ‘bakery shops’!
Okay, okay, I’m done now.
Patricia Cabot – The Christmas Captive
4 out of 5 stars
I didn’t realise that this was the prequel to Lady of Skye until I’d finished and thought ‘Wait a minute. I recognise those names.’ Then I checked and was all ‘Woah’.
Because you needed to know that.
As you all probably guessed, this story was the main reason I bought this book. I’m working my way through Meg Cabot’s works and I had to read this.
I’m glad I did.
The characters in this were so sweet. Except for Alistair MacLean (who, by the way, share’s the same name as my techy teacher at school. Only my teacher was way cooler than the Earl of Sutherland).
Also, as soon as I heard Mairi’s description I instantly thought of Merida from Brave. I saw it last week and loved it! Definitely recommend it.
Anywho, so…yeah. She reminded me of Merida. Which is a good thing.
I’m so useless at writing nice reviews (in case you hadn’t noticed). I’m better at pointing out all the bad things. Which makes me sound like a right bitch.
To sum up, I would recommend this book as, even though bits of it did annoy me, it does paint a nice picture of Scotland.