I recently picked up a historical novella to clear my head between longer novels. Terri Rochenski wrote a short story in the Make Believe anthology that I really enjoyed, so I reached for her newest work “Alone No More”.
From the title, you get the gist. Our MC is alone in love, and at the end she gets her man. Romance never has a surprise ending, does it? It’s probably the only genre where this is completely acceptable. It’s the journey to the couple getting together that is the fun.
So, let’s talk about the setting. Rochenski has a way of drawing you into her world in the first few pages, and never letting go. Be it the costumes, technology, language, or just the general feel of a world or time period, Rochenski nails it.
Normally for me, this would be a drag. I hate too much detail, but Rochenski is one of those authors who has figured out how to gently weave in the important parts of the world without slapping you in the face with laundry lists of details. You envision a character walking through a room and noticing things around her, or you travel down a dirt road in a swaying cart. The details are interspersed inside the action. Very well done. I like to read works like this on hopes that some of that setting flair rubs off on me.
If you are looking for a short, quiet historical I would highly recommend this. Adrenaline junkies would find the middle of “Alone No More” a bit long and uneventful, but this does happen in love sometimes… especially in an authentic historical setting. I would recommend this book for the setting in itself.
Pick up a copy of “Alone No More” for some quiet holiday reading (Only $1.49 on sale at the White Rose Web Site.) Everyone loves a sale this time of year!
- Review: Eye of the Soul by Terri Rochenski (bookarooju.wordpress.com)
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