It took me a while to get into this story as it was written from the male perspective and thinking which was initially confusing for me. I have read stories written this way before so this was surprising, however I persevered and was glad. The prose improved in style and content and I began to understand the author’s mindset. And it clicked. I saw the rationale for his behaviours as his explanations became clear, and it was in truth a real love story.
I kept reading, but when I was some two-thirds of the way through I was still hoping that something would happen that was new and novel and surprising, but it didn’t.
This book sauntered rather than trotted or even cantered to the end of the story. The trope was on too even a keel.
Darcie can write better and does when writing historical fiction. Just too cosy for me… This story only just reaches the 3 star mark..
This is the first book I’ve ever read where I cried at the first chapters.
Hitch – Thomasina – is such a sad character as the story opens, taking happiness in the very small things in her life.
Over-protected by her parents, her life is kept small as her health, as a baby, was precarious, and he rparents hadn’t realised how strong, physically and mentally, she had become.
The story is both sad and also uplifting. It reminds us that happiness is in own hands and can be created from small beginnings.
As we see Thomasina grow in self-belief, we are shown possibilities. There is a strong underlying philosophy apparent in this story that is developed empathetically and subtly with great style.
One of the best quotes from the book is:
‘I know that words are powerful things and have great weight’.
The answer is given away of course by the title of this book, so if you are looking for a surprise you aren’t going to get one.
What will surprise you however, is the setting.
Whilst this is the traditional doctor-nurse romance it is set at sea – whilst rescuing refugees in the Med. A medical ship board romance but set in the ship that takes in the survivors from the dodgy rafts and boats that set sail from Africa hoping to reach Europe whilst dreadfully over loaded and under powered.
I enjoyed the writing style and the story biut do wish the female lead wasn’t the nurse so many times!
Oh how I remember Rome in July/August – hotter than you can imagine – not the place to be – hotter than this novel implies too.
This novel was in many ways predictable – pleasantly so – with many nice diversions. I liked the sailing around the islands and their descriptions; the butterflies; and the science about the environment (such as there was) a very current and important theme.
I also thought that the story was a good length – often romance novels are too short, barely more than a novella – always ending with the ‘and Jack was free’ like TV crime stories – with none of the real explanation. For me, this would be a good holiday read and with some envy thrown in if you are in Cornwall and it is raining!