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Inventive plot, well-drawn characters, excellent performance. Gritty real life period piece with action and romance.
The idea is an interesting one: Two families of one father banding together to survive once the father has died. They start a retail shop and are then threatened by a gang for 'protection' money. There is also a dual romance story line...the oldest daughter is attracted to a stepson of her fathers, and the maid to the family falls for a kind street thief.
But the story goes on for way too long...the plot could have been tightened up by at least 50%, and there were far too many close calls for various members of this family. Information was repeated frequently, and the foreshadowing was too heavy-handed. I could see plot points and themes coming at me for miles. Too much time was spent on the maid's romance, and not nearly enough time was spent on the daughter's romance. The other siblings had stories too, and it all resulted in too much story and not enough editing.
I did like that the h's were both strong and determined women, intent on somehow overcoming their problems and protecting their families.
The narration was stellar. If it hadn't been for that I would not have finished the book. A great example of how excellent narration can make or break a mediocre book.
Narrator was superb. love the character of Kitty and Valencia. King Midas was portrayed as a nasty 'Mafia' type character who had a lot of control. But he was controlled by his mother!
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From the cover I had a different impression of what the book would be like. Instead I found it a lot darker.
And the storyline slow and predictable. I had to skip the last third and just listen to the ending to see how it turned out. Which isn't something I ever usually do.
The narrating was good. But the storyline and characters just didn't appeal to me.
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