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The narration is wonderful and as others have noted the characters are interesting, the historical details are fleshed out well but about half way through the book, I realized that this is a romance novel of the steamy sort...not my choice for listening. I don't think many can write sex scenes without appearing cliche & laughable. I finally got fed up and deleted the book before finishing.
I wished I had read Deborah's review before purchasing.
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This novel started out with two fascinating characters: Stewart Jameson, a Scottish "face-painter" and escapee from debtors' prison who had made his way across the Atlantic; and Fannie Easton, a disgraced young woman from a well-to-do Boston family who, disguised as a boy, becomes Jameson's apprentice. The descriptions of colonial life and the pre-revolutionary politics were also intriguing, as was the murder mystery that ensues. But unfortunately, about 2/3 of the way through, the authors allowed their novel to descend into drek. A love story is to be expected in a historical novel, as well as the few obligatory passion scenes. But the last third focused on little but detailed sex scenes. We had to watch Fannie and Jamie going at it in every room, on every floor, against every wall, and on every piece of furniture in the house, in all its variations. Even what should have been a tender parting scene ends up with Jamie dragging Fannie into a stairwell for some "back-door" action. This was especially creepy after reading that the co-authors wrote the book by flashing emails back and forth; it was almost as if they were playing a game of "Can You Top This?" or, worse still, trying to get each other going. I'm no prude (I even liked On Chesil Beach), I just hate it when the sex is both unecessary to the story and obviously thrown in for mere titillation. The authors, two noted historians, certainly had more to offer us.
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