Emmaline has spent the past year as the companion to the emperor's son, and knows she will soon be cast out for failing to produce a child. Though it should be a source of shame, all Emmaline feels is relief that she will finally be able to go home and resume the life she was forced to leave behind.The emperor, however, has other plans. Instead of sending her home, he ordeEmmaline has spent the past year as the companion to the emperor's son, and knows she will soon be cast out for failing to produce a child. Though it should be a source of shame, all Emmaline feels is relief that she will finally be able to go home and resume the life she was forced to leave behind.The emperor, however, has other plans. Instead of sending her home, he orders Emmaline across the sea to a foreign country she's only ever heard of, there to become the spouse of a woman who proves to be unexpectedly appealing. She is further charmed by the woman's young son, but just as Emmaline begins to settle happily into her new life as wife and mother secrets, fear, and violence threaten to tear it all apart......
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souls entwined Reviews
All I can say is oh my fucking god. Ms Ricci has delivered an amazing story of a young woman who, although pushed about by those with more power than she, makes the best of what she has and is active rather than reactive. Definitely a must read.
2.5 stars.This is a hard book to rate and review. While it grew on me from my initial impressions (which almost resulted in a DNF), it has some deep flaws that stopped me from really connecting with the story, characters, and romance.I liked the premise; that's what got me to pre-order the book in the first place. The idea of a forced marriage that becomes loving is an interesting one, but one that has to be pulled off carefully. I've never read an F/F book about such an arrangement, and was hopeful for this one. I also love F/F fantasy novels and can't seem to find enough of them!Sadly, it fell a bit flat for me. I struggled to like Emmaline at the outset, but at least understood the difficulty of her situation as she was ferried away as a gift against her will, and why she tried to do her best to curry favor to obtain a better life. When she was taken away to become Rowena's bride, I had a fear that nobody in this book was going to charm me, but Rowena at least seemed nice enough and I hoped the romance aspect of this book would flourish thereafter. The problem was, I didn't really feel it. Part of this was the writing itself: it seemed to keep me at a distance, instead of drawing me into the world and characters. Some awkward phrasing and typos didn't help with this. The second was the frantic pace: while I like a book to keep things moving and not bore me, I felt like important events that could have drawn me better into the characters' lives were skimmed over in a few sentences. The romance itself lacked passion and drive: the two leads seemed like good enough friends and parents, but I never got the sense that they were ever really "in love", even at the end. The plot also lacked nuance: the ruling House Sterling are evil slavemasters, rapists and all-around horrible human beings, and Emmeline's reaction and eventual response to this makes her seem little better than they are (but it was all okay because they deserved it).I understood what the author was trying to do: write a story about a woman in a world where the odds are stacked against her and where she makes the best out of her situation.There are times when Emmeline is very resourceful and cunning in order to protect her family, and these were the best moments in the book. However, I felt the overbearing cruelty of the villains undermined the author's point instead of underscoring it. The lack of subtlety employed by both the Sterlings and Emmeline make for a story where the characters never seem all that true to life. The most human moments in this story are delivered by Rowena and the other side characters with their day-to-day interactions, and by Emmeline's clear love of horses, which shines through.This book really was a mixed bag, but did slowly grow on me as I got further into it. I would say that, contrary to my usual opinion, I would have liked to have seen a little more time spent on developing the romance.
This book started out a bit on the awkward side but was quick to warm up and catch my interest. The idea behind it was interesting and well put together. There were a few spots where the back information was a bit too much all at once. These could have been done in a conversation type of setting with better results. I loved the characters and their personalities, finding the way they interacted fascinating.My issues with this book were some timeline issues which often left me wondering how long the main characters had been together since it wasn’t always obvious from the wording. The connection between the two women was a bit confusing at times. There were moments when you were sure they had fallen in love and even used the words, though often not in conversation. Then the main character would turn around and state that she wasn’t in love, it was respect and admiration but she knew love could come eventually. Somewhat difficult to keep up with her state of mind.However, the idea, plot and storyline were wonderful and with a little proof reading for timeline and content this could be an amazing read!I was given this book in exchange for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads