A Willful Woman…

Thoughts about books from a romance addict.

Tales of Much Too Old

on May 18, 2022

This month has been a real lesson in why I don’t read historicals much anymore, aside from the fact that the current popular prose style isn’t to my taste.

I decided to combine this month’s TBR challenge, “tales of old,” with another one, of picking a random TBR book — pretty simple, because my print historical TBR is separate from my (much smaller) contemporary and fantasy piles. My first random book was Prairie Moon by Maggie Osborne, which turned out to be set in the south, post Civil War. I probably don’t have to go into why I DNF’d it. My second random book was September Moon by Candice Proctor… set in the early days of colonizing Australia. For crying out loud! The third, Fall from Grace by Megan Chance, yet another post Civil War South story. I may yet finish this one, for next month’s theme, but it’s been a bit of a slog.

Fourth was Chase the Heart by Maggie Osborn, which has the advantage of being an Elizabethan setting, but also the disadvantage of being an Elizabethan setting.

A long way of saying I have no TBR Challenge book this month. 😦


6 responses to “Tales of Much Too Old

  1. Faranae says:

    *Thousand yard stare*

  2. whiskeyinthejar says:

    I did a buddy read last year of Candice Proctor’s Night in Eden, which was about a woman being sent from England to Australia because she was accused of killing her husband. The beginning was hard to read in terms of how the women convicts were treated and oof, yeah, the way the author tried to incorporate Aboriginal people was, not great :/

    Better luck to you on next month’s tbrchallenge!

  3. SuperWendy says:

    I had to look it up because I remember really liking it at the time – I read Prairie Moon in 2005. Oof.

  4. […] So, I DNF’d Prairie Moon for being set in the post-Civil War South, but I finished this one, also set in the post-Civil War South. Why? I’m not exactly sure, because I was definitely slogging at first and I found it a very rough read overall. Megan Chance is particularly good at complex characters and situations, though, so I guess I hoped I’d be rewarded. I guess I was? […]

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