I received a free advance reader copy from NetGalley. this is my honest review.
Writing a novel is an incredibly challenging thing to do, and having your first completed manuscript is something to be immensely proud of. There are so many skills to learn and it is unreasonable to expect that a first time novelist would have these down pat from the start. With those thoughts in mind, I commend Renee Dahlia for this first effort.
No it's not perfect. Some of the dialogue is well and truly wrong for that period in history and my mind did boggle a little over the sandwich scene. I felt that having the hero jump into thoughts of marriage at the second meeting was a bit of a stretch too, but this story also has its positives.
The setting, in Amsterdam at the end of the 19th century, is an unusual one and I liked that. I felt more focus could have been given to life in Amsterdam at the time because that would have helped to set this story aside. As it was, the story could pretty well have taken place anywhere once we'd been introduced to women studying medicine at a time when women didn't.
That, by the way, is also a positive - I liked the focus on women encroaching on what had previously been regarded as a man's world and doing it well.
While I do feel the story could have been tighter, smoother, better, these are all things that come with practice, with learning to proof read and edit more diligently, and with developing a good critique network. In the meantime this is not a bad first effort.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 625 KB
- Print Length: 334 pages
- Publisher: Escape Publishing (1 March 2017)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06VW7TBRP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 3 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #179,968 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)