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Another very well written book by Laura Kinsale. N. Boulton, as usual, did an incredible job. He can truly make a book soooo much more enjoyable than it would have been otherwise. This book was a bit too dark for my taste. The hero had a tortured sole and as a result the book went down a very dark path. I am never able to not read a LK book straight through and with this book I found myself in need of relief from the angst. So I actually took about two weeks to complete this book vs the previous 24 hr ones by her. Overall a very well written and narrated book but not emotionally easy.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
Like many writers – perhaps most -- Laura Kinsale says her characters take on a life of their own, behaving in ways that surprise even her. This must surely have been the case with the two leads in “The Hidden Heart.” Born with silver spoons in their mouths, at predictable stages in the story they spit them out and stomp on them. She’s a liar, and he’s a coward. In later books, Ms. Kinsale does a better job of corralling her protagonists and quelling their more self-destructive tendencies; but, for me, following the adventures and misadventures of the H/h in “The Hidden Heart” is an exercise in frustration. (If another reviewer hadn’t already used the word, I’d use it here: infuriating!) They screw up at every possible turn.
But a Laura Kinsale book is always more than a romance. Her understanding of spoken English and its dialects would put Henry Higgins to shame. The captain of the steamer speaks a different English from the seaman on the deck -- which is different from the botanist/professor which is subtly different from the aristocrat. And Mr. Boulton captures it all with pitch-perfect clarity. There are wonderful ancillary characters – the wretched Louisa, the adorable Mr. Sydney, the evil Stephen Eliot, and the “Clarence Darrow” Sergeant Wood -- all who come alive through Mr. Boulton’s voices and narration. And as someone who skimmed through the very-suspenseful “black dungeon” chapter in the paper-and-ink book, Mr. Boulton forced me to listen to the whole, excruciating scene – making me realize, yet, again, that nobody does it better than Laura Kinsale.
This is not the best of this author’s books. Buy it anyway. You’ll still end up sitting in your car in your driveway with your ear-bud in while your ice cream melts in the back.
17 of 20 people found this review helpful
The same excellent quality of writing, and such perfect narration, (so many great accents!) but I reckon Gryff needed a long course of CBT to turn him round and get to his likeable nature, he's a bit of a mess.