Look! Finally a real honest-to-goodness #Fridayreads post! No more super seekrit RITA books, and I finally found time to read a bit the last few weeks!
I love Eva Ibbotson's writing. I adored The Secret Countess (A Countess Below Stairs). And I love the WWII era so I figured The Morning Gift would be wonderful.
I'll confess it was harder to get into than I expected. While there were the right sort of "villians" - Verena and Heini were yucky - they just weren't as "delicious" as the villains in The Secret Countess. Perhaps because there wasn't an Olive to feel so protective about. In The Secret Countess, the other servants and Uncle Sebastien were extremely well drawn and I really fell in love with them all, but in The Morning Gift I didn't get such a sense of individuality from the characters. So it took me a while to really get into it.
But once I hit about page 200...things started heating up. It took me 3 days to get to that page, and 2 evenings to get from page 200 to 500. I could NOT put it down. And I think that's what I know for sure. That Ibbotson is going to rope me in at some point and make me rush to the end. I've got a few more of hers on my TBR that I'm looking forward to.
How can anyone called The Butcher be hero material? Because he doesn't kill without thought. Because he could slit Amelia's throat in the first scene but he doesn't. He claims it's because she's got value alive, but really I think he doesn't want to kill an innocent woman - unlike his enemies who will not hesitate. He is DELICIOUS. And Amelia? It takes either a very brave or a very foolish woman to stand up to The Butcher and challenge him! You have to love her for not being cowed. A strong hero needs a strong heroine and Julianne's done it. I'll do a full review when I've finished!
What are you reading?