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on Aug. 13, 2013 :
This was an interesting, post-war futuristic romance that was an enjoyable read. Repopulating and existing in the ‘new’ world is a struggle, and many of the new standards for laws are built from fear and desire for control. Initially the woman’s position in this new society felt similar to The Handmaiden’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, with the same sort of repressive attitudes toward women. But, the overall emotional stunting of the characters early on, and several slow passages of description that was meant to define the place and the differences was repeated far too often served to distract more from Autumn and her secrets than serve the story.
Orion is a resident of the most pious country, and women are little more than chattel in society. Purchased as a wife, Autumn has no real rights or choices, although Orion is far kinder and more humane in his treatment of her. He has an instant attraction to her: looks and mind, and while he needs to finish school the two will be parted. He is far more aware of humankind’s history, and his family has compiled the “truth” that lead to the wars and destruction: so while Autumn is aware of the evils of marriage in her country, and has seen some of the consequences, she will not experience the same treatment with her own husband.
When Orion returns from school, he then needs to court Autumn, to get her to show that his love is true and she can trust and come to love him as well. A slowly developing relationship, full of the passion and longing in dream-scenarios and imagination, as well as their continual attempts to build a “them” is paced with care and appropriate timing. Jane B. Night has created a romance that is sweetly satisfying with the sexual context appearing closer to the end of the book, and tastefully defined and described. Not a gripping read, but a slowly developing story to savor, fans of character driven romantic fiction will enjoy this book.
I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 10, 2013 :
Book source ~ Won in a giveaway on LibraryThing. Many thanks to LibraryThing and the author.
Amber Clare is a product of the time after the Underground Age. The devastation after WWIII was so vast that it was only the 1,000 people in the underground bunkers who survived. After 100 years they emerged to an ecology that was once again thriving. However, those initial 1,000 people split into three groups and when they emerged they declared each group a country, Josiathan, Pacifican and Retois. The country of Josiathan is a very pious country who believe the Earth was destroyed because of the sins of women. So the women in Josiathan have no rights and are owned by men, first by their fathers and then by the husbands who purchased them. The two other countries are not so rigid in their laws and are considered heathen countries by those in Josiathan.
Unlike her sister Katrina, Amber is not entirely happy with the laws restricting women. She is intelligent and curious, so when her brothers would leave their schoolbooks strewn about she would borrow one and eventually taught herself to read. Soon after Katrina’s engagement announcement is made Amber finds herself engaged to a wealthy man named Orion Louis. A man she’s never even seen. But he paid her father two Roseway horses for her as well as a promise to pay for her housing and care while he was away at school, so they were wed. Orion is away at school for four years, so it isn’t until he graduates that he returns for her, takes her to the home he has built for her and they begin their life together. Orion already loves Amber, but will Amber fall in love with her husband? Will he be a good husband to her or will Amber resort to running away? Only time will tell.
This is a very interesting story about how women are at the mercy of the men. They have no rights, no chance at schooling, they eat after the men are finished, can be punished or beaten for any infraction (except while they are pregnant) and have no independence. And to think it hasn’t really been all that long ago that this way of life was common and is still common today in some societies. How far we have come from those days where women were just another piece of property and used for breeding the next heir.
I love Orion. He and his family are not so rigid in the Josiathan beliefs because their family actually had a written record of what truly happened to send the 1,000 people underground. It was most definitely not the sins of women that caused the devastation. Amber is a wonderful character, too. Watching them build a relationship in a backwards manner (married first then getting to know one another) is an enjoyable experience. The shocking ending came almost completely out of left field. I feel so sorry for the Louis family yet there is also hope. All-in-all a wonderful read.
(review of free book)
on April 22, 2013 :
Well written with a backdrop that reminded me of Little Women. You follow the story of Autumn and Orien and you get to experience the vantage point of each. Orien purchases Autumn after becoming infatuated with her and her mind. Around them, other marriages are experiencing things ranging from horrific abuse to rapes and miscarriages. It's hard for Autumn to comprehend these things until it becomes very real to her in the worst way.
Orien strives to be the best husband and after a long separation they begin to work on building the new marriage as well as build and forge love. The lives of all involved become intertwined and many changes occur after much struggle. Their lives seem like the days of Little Women where morals and God are highly defined.
In the end I was left with an incredibly beautiful romance that was sprinkled with the life and times of Autumns sisters and their friends. Great editing and just a smooth, very entertaining read.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 06, 2013 :
Autumn Claire is not like other girls, she can secretly read in a society where education is restricted to males only; her love of books and her attitude towards marriage often getting her into trouble. But as soon as a stranger, Orion Louis, discovers her secret, he knows that she is the woman he is meant to be with - even if she has no desire to be wed, among other things.
This book was definitely not what I was expecting, but overall, I did enjoy reading it! Lately, any book I receive labeled "erotica" is a total let-down - either too blatantly pornographic with no real emotional substance, or so scantily risque that it can barely be considered part of the genre. Educating Autumn lies somewhere near the nethermost point of the "erotica spectrum", a lighter, yet progressively passionate reading experience. I liked that Jane B. Night gave the reader time to get to know Autumn, Orion, and their families before jumping into their eventual relationship. I enjoy stories with a build-up, and although this one took some time to get up to speed, I appreciated the more realistic pacing of events. Orion and Autumn were both easy characters to relate to, their growing love for one another was gradual and was not forced. Honestly, their was more longing and restrained passion than there was hands-on intimacy, but it was well worth the wait. The sexual scenes were tastefully written and quite satisfying. However, I was not too keen on some of the repetitiveness of the descriptions and dialogue in the first couple of chapters. I also disliked the verbal abuse between a few of the characters, and felt that it was unnecessary. Besides my couple gripes, I enjoyed Educating Autumn overall, and would love to read more about Autumn and Orion, (or their dystopian world), in future books.
Rating: Bounty's Out (3.5/5)
*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)