Away in Montana by Jane Porter
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I did not think my first "this book insults readers" review of 2018 would come so soon. Surprise!
My expectations for this book were pretty low after looking at the poorly photoshopped cover--ninety percent of the time if the cover is slipshod, so is the story within. Having low expectations in general is quite good--it gives me a lot of room to be pleasantly surprised, and I'm usually not disappointed if it's exactly as poor as I expected.
This is how the book opens, the very first paragraph of the very first chapter:
October 26, 1889
With the opening paragraph so full of anachronisms, I knew the author didn't care enough about the story to do any research. And since it was obvious the author didn't give a shit, neither did I.
I kept reading to 6% before I DNF'd.
But wait! you say. How can you rate it when you didn't read it?
Because the book already failed. It's supposed to be an historical romance not a "romance with vaguely 19th and early 20th century things in."
It's entirely possible the romance aspect of the book isn't the utter failure the historical aspect is, but between the lazy research (if any was done at all) and slapdash cover, the odds are not in the readers' favour.
If you like faux history dressings on a romance that is very likely constructed of tropes, this may just be your catnip.
If you love reading historical romance for a romance in a rich, well researched historical setting, stay far, far away from this book.
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