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Fan Girl Friday

February 17, 2012 | Fan Girl Friday

Winning the Wallflower was one of the winter free or bargain titles I scooped up in December. I’d sampled Ms.James before with less than delight. It’s rare for me to give an established author a second chance.

Regency, or close enough, romances are one of my favorite escapist reads. I adore quirky heroines. The price tipped the decision to click on this title. The tale flowed smoothly and I read the entire book without resenting the time spent. Success for the author and her publisher.

The connection between reader and story depends on so many things. Story choices are a factor. Craft, formatting, and cover art are all part of the book appeal package. Author voice is a vital element. Believable characters are the shortest route to hooking my interest.

In this story, the characters are tolerably consistent and skillfully drawn, and yet they failed to make me believe them. Perhaps more accurately, the characters failed to evoke the necessary suspension of disbelief. Because the story failed to thrill me, doesn’t mean you won’t like it.

If you’ve read Winning the Wallflower, I’d love to hear your impressions. :heart:

Posted by Evanne @ 4:00 am  

2 Responses to “Fan Girl Friday”

  1. Allie Ritch Says:

    I haven’t read anything by this author, although I recognized the name. I do understand what you’re saying about the book just not grabbing you. More than once, I’ve read a book, sometimes by an author I really love, and found I just couldn’t relate with the characters. Different personalities probably could, but they just didn’t work for me. If you’ve already read more than one book by her and didn’t enjoy it, I say move on to an author whose characters and plots grab you better.

  2. Evanne Says:

    Thanks for the thoughtful comment Allie.

    This is one of those authors, I think I should like, but I don’t. She’s a near miss, so I struggle to understand why her characters fail to enthrall me, without falling back on that I know what I like, cliche. :ermm:

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