Category /Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance
Received from: Lucinda Elliot (in exchange for an honest review)
Tour by: My Family’s Heart Book Reviews
Goodreads: That Scoundrel Emile Dubois
Date completed: 01.21.14
Description from the publisher:
When Sophie de Courcy, the often foolishly romantic and bored but patient companion to the Dowager Countess of Ruthin, marries her long-time hero, the dashing but rascally French émigré Émile Dubois, she has more excitement than she ever wanted as she is catapulted into Gothic adventure with man vampires and time warps.
With the help of her dauntless maid Agnes – who combines Tarot reading with a no-nonsense attitude – and whose own love interest is Émile’s swaggering valet and former accomplice, Georges – Sophie must come to terms with Émile’s criminal past and help free him from the machinations of their evil neighbours the Kenrick’s.
Set during the French Revolution in North Wales and in war torn France, this story is full of lively humour and combines believable characters and over-the-top Gothic adventure as a pair of down to earth eighteenth century villains become incongruously caught up in occult happenings. This darkly funny, sometimes sad and often romantic tale will captivate readers who enjoy a well written spoof of the Gothic tradition.’
I love the cover on this book and really wanted to enjoy a “spoof of the Gothic tradition,” but the reality did not meet the expectations. Written to appear that you have picked up a book written in the 17th century, the syntax and vocabulary is strained and taxing. The characters are dumped on you without a proper introduction to each to allow you to feel that you have met them. I found the story line too convoluted to be followed. I constantly felt like I needed to learn a new language to enjoy this story and I am not a fan of that type of presentation. It’s why I don’t read the epic adventure stories like LOTR.
Bottom line: I did not enjoy the reading, but thought the story concept unique.
Grammar/editing: ungraded because of the “different language” factor.
Originally posted 01.21.2014 on my previous website
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