- Copertina flessibile: 146 pagine
- Editore: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edizione (10 dicembre 2013)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1490577483
- ISBN-13: 978-1490577487
- Peso di spedizione: 218 g
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon:
The Cottage and Its Lady (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 10 dic 2013
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Truly a page turner, you easily dive into the character's mind and therefore her world. You start to share opinions regarding others and their actions, regarding routine and daily life, which only makes the plot twist (on the very last page, which is a pleasant surprise for the location of a climax; wether it is a major or minor one is debatable) that much more shocking. Because it is not only her mindset that is confronted but what the reader has most likely been agreeing to and embracing for the past 146 pages.
Superb use of characterization (physical features, mannerisms…I don't want to spoil anything at this point), instigates reflection with clever reversals in her dialogue and thoughts in different chapters, and gives us a taste of what it may be like to experience old age, despite being a young writer. I could go on, but in sum, I applaud the beauty of this artwork and I hope any future buyers can enjoy this book as much as I have.
This is not a criticism. The central characters, while few, are all very nicely fleshed out. You understand, or think you understand, their motivations. The setting, a cottage, is simple but effective and has its own personality. The story itself is short, but effective in conveying both emotional and psychological turmoil.
My main issues with this novella are writing style and pace. It could be argued that the writing style is a reflection of the inner thoughts of the protagonist. Still, it took awhile for me to stop re-reading lines. I suggest you read the quotes in the Amazon description as that is pretty much how the book is written. If you enjoy or can at least tolerate that writing style, you should be fine. Otherwise, you might find yourself struggling for a bit.
I also had an issue with the pacing of the story. Even at 136 pages, it is slow. Though intended more as character study than action-packed thriller, I still found myself wanting things to progress quicker. By the end, I was simply glad it was over.
Having said all that, I still found The Cottage and its Lady intriguing enough to warrant 3 stars. If the cover description interests you, it won't cost much to take a chance. While I purchased a physical copy, the current kindle price is only $2.99. You can't really lose.