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I thoroughly enjoyed Brooks' "The Brewer's Tale", but this narration was all earnestness and no light.
What would have made The Locksmith's Daughter better?
Mallory Bright is not in any way believable as she is set out in the story. She is supposed to be a smart woman who has been through a humiliating experience. I know there is some dispelling of belief for the story line, but this woman needs so much validation from her love interest it is honestly boring and a bit insulting as a female reader. This story assigns very modern beliefs about women to a historical context, so if Mallory is smart enough and skilled enough to be a "watcher" then don't make her whine and need endless reassurance and validation. As I have worked with victims of sexual violence as well, the way that is handled is also too much like a cheap romance novel. I was intrigued with the concept, but left entirely disappointed.
What could Karen Brooks have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
When writing scenes about intimacy it is very old fashioned to have a female character need that much validation before anything physical occurs. I felt sorry for the man in the book. If I had to reassure a woman that much I would have gone down to the brothel and have her write all her needs down so I could address them all together. Either that or I would have lost all interest.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Karen Brooks?
She needs to work on her male character and reading
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment and I am a bit offended that this is still the way we portray women in books.
Any additional comments?
The concept was great. I would have kept the watcher bits and downplayed the love interest part. Could have been a series if it was done that way.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Yes, to anyone who likes historic fiction, especially set in the Elizabethan era. There's plenty of detail. I would not recommend it to anyone who does not like romantic fiction, which is what this book ends up becoming.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
I'd stopped caring by the end but the Authors note was fab, I even cried a little when she described how much she missed her dead friend.
What aspect of Karen Brooks’s performance might you have changed?
Karen's a good narrator but she has a slight speech impediment that is distracting at times.
Could you see The Locksmith's Daughter being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?
Yes, I could imagine something like this on TV, in the melodrama style of Outlander.
Any additional comments?
To me, this book was in two halves, the first half was of independence, redemption and survival. The second halves main story line was a 'will they or won't they' love plot. I know which half I prefer.