Suggested Age: 14+You know, I just couldn't get into this book. I tried, I really did.
Genre: Christian, Historical Fiction
The main character, Florence—oi, that woman came off so needy and whiny.
I literally read all of her dialogue in a pouty, baby voice. I understand that she was pregnant, alone, and dealing with a medical condition but she came off more like a young child.
The constant stuttering to denote moments of weakness happened far too often for my liking as well.
I honestly thought this book would have a bit of pioneer spirit. I just didn’t find it in this book. I wish I could have enjoyed it—it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
The year is 1899 and Florence has married her love, Will and together they are settling in a newly built cottage.
Florence is plagued with a medical condition—one that is alluded to throughout the story but I can’t recall what actually happened to her. It seems that the details surrounding her illness are swept under the rug.
Shortly after her marriage, Florence finds out that she is pregnant. However, after a threatened miscarriage—life for her is pretty stressful. This was one thing I could understand a bit. I can imagine that if a woman had a threatened miscarriage in those days—it’d be a very difficult, “wait and see,” situation for the expecting mother.
Then, Will leaves for reasons that Florence can’t begin to understand. However, he has promised to return before the birth of their baby. This results in quite a bit of whining from Florence. I mean, in truth, I’d be whiny and needy if my husband up and left me as well but—it wasn’t very pleasant to read.
Overall, I think that the book could be enjoyable if you’re not bothered by needy characters. As it is a character trait that grates on my nerves—this just wasn’t the book for me.
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