Tuesday, November 26, 2013

LUCIANNA by Bertrice Small

The Silk Merchant’s Daughters, Book Three
New American Library
October 1st, 2013
Historical Romance
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com )
Obtained by Publisher
2.5 hearts

All Lucianna Pietro d’Angelo wanted to was to not cause the scandals her two older sisters did. Determined to make the best of it, she finds herself married to an older gentleman who wanted the comfort of a young wife in his final years. Widowed, Lucianna is determined to keep her independence even if it makes her mother very unhappy. When she gets the chance to go to Emgland and represent the Silk Merchants guild, she grabs it hoping to see the handsome Englishman, Earl of Lisle, Robert Minton. But Lucianna will have to deal with her feelings for the handsome Earl even as she strives to keep her independence and wealth to herself. The question is can Lucianna find a way to let herself fall in love with the one man who knows her inside and out, who gets who she is in every possible way? The path to love is fraught with twists and turns and for Lucianna, she needs to trust her heart for a change.

I absolutely adore Ms. Small’s writing. Her lyrical writing style delivers vivid stories that capture the reader’s imagination. With that said, I have to admit, LUCIANNA was a bit of a downer for me. One reason was it felt like the author was just checking things off a to do list with this one and while Bianca, the first book in the series, was engrossing as well as quite enjoyable, the third book was a bit of a boring adventure. I loved reading about these places of centuries ago yet it felt like the author just wanted to get things done and over with. This third story in the Silk Merchant’s Daughter is short (around 200 pages) than the first two books and felt a bit rushed. What really got me was how Robert pushed and pushed for Lucianna to marry him even after telling her he would be patient. Those scenes alone made me want to smack some sense into him and for Lucianna for going along with it.

The writing was uneven and many of the historical aspects were glossed over and given scant details. There were hints of the author I have loved for a long time and other times, I was just scratching my head wondering where she went. The fact there was countless mentions to the scandal of Bianca, Lucianna’s older sister and for those who knew what happened, it got boring quick with the repeated mentions of the scandals.

The third book was a miss for me even though I enjoyed it to a degree. The writing held hints of promise and I felt the characters could have been fleshed out a bit more but overall, if you enjoy a light historical romance, you might enjoy LUCIANNA. You don’t need to read book one, Bianca or book two, Francesca, to get the back stories of their adventures that were mentioned several times in LUCIANNA though I would recommend reading them just to get a taste of their adventures. I am really hoping Ms. Small gets back to her wonderful writing self in the last book in the series and gives her readers the stories they have grown to love by her.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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