Reviews by gibel

Camille

by Alexandre Dumas, fils

I enjoyed this interesting romance and method which it was written. Translated into modern English, it reads easily and flows well. The story is told in first person of the lover through the author writing it, and is delivered as recited memory of the past relationship. Without giving things away, prepare for a sadness, it’s not the typical “happy ending” love story.

Reviewed on 2014.10.09

The Grey Cloak

by Harold MacGrath

I tried this author after reading a comment that his style was similar to Rafael Sabatini’s which was true to the extent that they are based in late Renaissance France but Sabatini writes much more embellished and maintains more momentum of the story.
For me, it was hard to recall the characters because of the long French names and titles. There were also a few passing details that were key to following the plot that I had to go back and re-read to recall. Overall it was a typical romance adventure story, nothing wrong with it but not fabulous either.

Reviewed on 2014.10.07

Love-at-Arms

by Rafael Sabatini

A good romance with a happy ending. I enjoyed variety of characters in the book and the hero’s positive attitude throughout the story.

Reviewed on 2014.09.11

The Trampling of the Lilies

by Rafael Sabatini

Based during the French Revolution, the story is of a common man who loves a woman of aristocracy and the romance that gradually develops as he shows himself more noble than those of her class. It was an entertaining book and worth reading. I was left wanting in that they didn’t share their love for each other till the last paragraph which ended too abruptly for me, but that ending is common in romances written in this period.

Reviewed on 2014.06.25

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