Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Review of Laura Kinsale’s THE HIDDEN HEART: An Exotic Locale, a Brooding Ship’s Captain, an Adventurous Heroine and a Complex Plot—Wonderful!
Kinsale delivers a wonderful story with a complicated plot that will have you shaking your head thinking these two will never get together. There’s a lot of shipboard time in this romance for you high seas lovers. Kinsale portrays life aboard Gryf’s ship so well you feel like you can smell the sea. Then there is the jungle, the animals—and Tahiti!
If you long for travel to distant places, but won’t be going any time soon, this romance is a great one to take you there. It’s a complex plot with the typical Kinsale twists and turns that will have you tearing out your hair.
I do have to mention a few improbable elements and plot devices in this story that frustrated me—like the conversation Tess and Gryf should have had (that any normal couple would have had) that could have explained everything, or when Gryf goes to the mansion to rescue Tess and fails to ask the servant if Tess is even there (a likely question), or the strange failure of Gryf to explain what happened when he is accused of murder, or his refusal to see her when we know he loves her. Of course, all those unlikely things kept the story and suspense going, but they did strike me as contrived.
If you don’t mind those elements, I can recommend this as a very good read.