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by Kimberly Chapman
Copper-haired barmaid Aenna harbored
hopes that a kind merchant might fix his eye on her, marry her, and
whisk her away from the Traveler's Torch to a new life, just so long
as the life was an exciting one and she wasn't only to be barely
remembered as so-and-so's wife at the end of her days. But she
never dreamed what fate had in store for her instead.
Eavesdropping on new and interesting customers was one way to pass the
time more pleasantly while working, but Aenna was chilled to the bone
one evening when she overheard a group of ruffians planning for crown Prince Kurit's demise and toasting to his last night among mortals.
In a panic and unsure with whom to trust the vile news, Aenna fled
into the night, running as quickly as she could for the outpost the
Prince was rumored to be visiting. Bursting through the doors, she
delivered the message to the handsome young heir to the throne and
pleaded with him to save himself.
Unwilling to leave her behind to face the wrath of the assassins, the
Prince and his bodyguard whisked her away with them, splitting the
tiny group up farther down the road so as to confuse the would-be
killers. Aenna makes the arduous trek through the woods to slip
unseen into the capital city with the Prince's own cousin and
bodyguard, Jarik. By the time they reach the city gates Aenna
has fallen deeply in love with this
handsome, smiling man.
But can there be a happily-ever-after for
a peasant girl in love with a high ranking member of the court?
What worked for me:
Aenna is a heroine who is easy to cheer on. The story is told
from her point of view, so the reader gets to know her intimately.
There is some very good dialogue in this book, and it helps you to
slip into the culture of this world.
The dynamic between Jarik, Kurit, and Aenna was very interesting.
Even though there tragic elements to the story, I felt overall that it
held a lot of positive messages within its pages.
was not fashionably willowy like the ladies of the court, and had the
good sense not to warp her figure with an uncomfortable corset. She
did lose weight at one point, but not by her choice.
What didn't work for me:
The writing could have used some minor polishing here and there.
I'm hard-pressed to imagine a worse mother-in-law!
Aptly titled, "Sorrows of Adoration" is an engaging tale sure to please many a reader.
steamy scenes in this book. Also, it's labeled a fantasy because
it takes place in another world, but there are no magical elements in
If you liked
"Sorrows of Adoration" you might also enjoy the
"Lady of the Knife",
of the Twins",
"Darkover" series, "The
Conqueror", or "Earth Song".
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