So … you’ve been asked to review a novel and agreed to do so. The novel in question sounds interesting: a dash of romance, dramatic twists and turns, life and death circumstances all wrapped up in a historical package. My kind of book.
But the reality is otherwise. Too many subplots. Too many points of view. Melodramatic, over-the-top events. Three adjectives where one would do. A heroine who is lucky at every turn. A love story that fails to sizzle.
Interestingly, the novel in question has many 4 and 5 star ratings on Goodreads. Clearly I am out of step with those folks.
I have another two weeks before deciding what to say and how to say it. Should I pull my punches? Advice welcome 🙂