Rose in the Brier
on Feb. 24, 2013
A good historical for me starts and ends with it being as factually correct as is possible, without ruining a good story, of course. This story's egregious mistakes (such as the hero reading a Dickens novel that wasn't published until 1860 and the heroine's use of chloroform, which was invented is 1831, many years after this story supposedly takes place; both facts that can be easily checked) were even more off-putting than the horrible writing style and grammatical errors (I sincerely hope the author is not a native speaker of the English language). Good thing it's free, otherwise it would be a colossal waste of money.
on April 11, 2014
There is a story in here somewhere, but it seems to have been written down in a trance. The writing is confused and confusing, sometimes repetitive and sometimes downright unintelligible. Abigail, the titular heroine is a sensible girl one moment, a giddy child the next, I couldn't make head or tails of her character and emotions. Part of the problem may be the short length; if it had been a full length novel, there would have been more time for character development. All characters would have benefitted from a better backstory, but especially the hero.