Cheryl Bolen and I have read quite a lot of her books, though at times I think she tends to leave the story not quite finished in some of the books she's written. What I mean by that is, you're left thinking and wondering whatever happened to the hero and heroine, in essence and perhaps if she writes an epilogue it'll be a little more satisfying. But all in all, this is a good read and I truly enjoyed it. Jul 01, Claire rated it really liked it.
I received Falling for Frederick as part of a Goodreads giveaway. With the help of the lord of the manor, Frederick Percy, and her adviser Simon, Antonia suspects the murder is connected to the Percy Monstrance, the that held the Eucharistic host for the secretly Catholic I received Falling for Frederick as part of a Goodreads giveaway. With the help of the lord of the manor, Frederick Percy, and her adviser Simon, Antonia suspects the murder is connected to the Percy Monstrance, the that held the Eucharistic host for the secretly Catholic Percy family during the reign of Henry VIII and an object of priceless value.
Unlike some other readers, I got to read the book straight through I was initially confused by the "Episode" titles, which remain in the full-length novel, but which now make more sense. The story was entertaining and I particularly liked how, unlike other romance-oriented novels, Antonia didn't try to deny her attraction to Frederick.
It's a romance novel, I know it's a romance novel, just get on with it. If there was one cliche that annoyed me, it was the "beautiful smart amazing American who literally has every poor British sop under her spell. Young, gorgeous, knower of all facts large and small I didn't mind reading from her POV, but reading others' fawning over her got to be a bit much. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
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To view it, click here. I read this book as it came out serially on kindle. As a fan of Charles Dickens and an English major, I have been fascinated with serialization. Every time I explain it to someone, I say it is like television shows today with a new episode coming out each week. I loved reading this novel serially because it gets you excited about the next episode and the waiting makes the hype great! However, what really drew me to read this novel, were the archives and research of the stately homes.
I am a littl I read this book as it came out serially on kindle. I am a little biased, as I am studying to be an archivist, but the moments of research, handling of the documents, etc The suspense of the killer was greatly hidden. Each episode I kept changing my idea on who it was. For awhile, I did think it was Frederick. I loved Antonia's passion and determination to retrace her steps and use the research.
Simon was sort of annoying. He did go to a few of his lectures, but my experience with professors, there is no way they have all that time to be spending with one of their students. Although, he did throw a loop for me thinking he was the killer. I have to say, despite my overall liking of the novel, I was disappointed on the ending. I felt the episodes had built and built the relationship between Frederick and Antonia to only find a massive drop off a cliff in the end.
I thought with all the time spent together, something more might have happened. It seemed as though the ending was rushed and not as developed at the other parts. It has two heroes, plus a heroine, and in addition to the real villains , several less than lovely relatives and friends. In the end, one hero gets the girl, although she will still have to defeat one of the less than lovely The girl his Lordship the Earl of Rockford has been expected to wed forever!
I really enjoyed the heroine. She is intelligent, not snobby, genteel, and - well, impulsive. That makes her so realistic. As smart as she is, though, she should have figured out the tracking device But the high point of the book? No, not when they catch the bad guy. Not when they find the treasure. Not even when she knees the jerk in the nuts The best part of the book is when she tells the guys why the jerk may have been a bit hobbled Which is exactly what my father said to do. And their response was the same as men everywhere. I could just see them kind of bending forward, arms somewhat inward, but attempting not to show how the information hits them.
Because guys always do the same thing when faced with that thought. Jan 03, Mary rated it really liked it Shelves: I listened to this book as an Audible audiobook. After the archivist at the stately home where Antonia is doing research is murdered and dies in her arms, she becomes the main suspect. Luckily, Frede I listened to this book as an Audible audiobook. Luckily, Frederick, the handsome lord of the manor, doesn't believe she did it and helps her continue her research to find clues in the past.
Soon, the murderer comes after Antonia, and Frederick must protect her as well. Parts of the book do tend to drag as there is a lot of description of the stately homes that the characters visit and explanation of the historical context for the Catholic families and the missing artifact. But if you like historical detail, this is the book for you. My initial reaction after finishing the book: I read this book all the way through did not read it in installments via Kindle Singles program.
There were a lot of problems with the main characters, especially Antonia. Her strength was her academic intelligence but overall, she was very weak. For example, the male characters were misogynistic and treated Antonia like a child. She rarely protested at their poor treatment of her. Also, the "romance" between Antonia and Frederick seemed weak and My initial reaction after finishing the book: Also, the "romance" between Antonia and Frederick seemed weak and immature considering it was supposed to be one of the two main story arcs the other being the murder. The strength of this novel was the historical aspect.
If you're interested in historical fiction that focuses on the Tudor period, this may be a book for you! However, I did not find it compelling. Oct 13, Alyssa rated it it was ok Shelves: This wasn't bad and it made more sense when I realized it was released in serial format. Instead of a romance I read this more as a radio drama and I think it would have done better as a more gothic novel rather than an imitation of a regency romance set in modern time. Several of the "episodes" ended in dramatic tropes I think 3 of them ended with the main character screaming.
It was an interesting enough Sunday afternoon read. I'm prob This wasn't bad and it made more sense when I realized it was released in serial format. I'm probably harder on this than I would have been had I not just reread the Outlander series which I deeply love. Jul 06, Lynn rated it liked it. I liked this book. Beautiful American doctoral candidate gets accused of murder, good-looking English lord falls in love and helps her prove her innocence and find a missing treasure that belongs to his family. The characters were interesting, the dialog moved along and the feelings seemed to be real.
I get a little exasperated sometimes in these romances but I guess it's just that I am much older than most of these little dears and know that most of what they are worrying about are foolish and t I liked this book. I get a little exasperated sometimes in these romances but I guess it's just that I am much older than most of these little dears and know that most of what they are worrying about are foolish and they need to get down to the basics. I would recommend this books for romance fans, history fans and mystery fans.
Oct 30, Sandra Rae rated it really liked it Shelves: I loved Falling For Frederick. I recommend reading this, it's a lovely story that takes you through a bit of history of some of the Manor houses and Aristocratic families, history with the struggles of England's change from Catholicism to Protestantism and the impact it caused some families. I enjoyed the research background and as well as the process to find an artifact called a Monstrance and it's historical significance and impact in the lives of the people learning of it as well as searching I loved Falling For Frederick.
I enjoyed the research background and as well as the process to find an artifact called a Monstrance and it's historical significance and impact in the lives of the people learning of it as well as searching for it. Jan 25, BookChick rated it liked it Shelves: I couldn't finish this story. It sounded like it would be quite the intriguing murder mystery but, sorry, I just really did not like the characters, their interactions, and the dialogue. I couldn't get past them.
But because I didn't finish, I gave this 3 stars because it's not fair to rate a book poorly and not have finished it. For all I know, it could have really I couldn't finish this story. For all I know, it could have really picked up further on, but I wasn't willing to stick it out. She's done it again, And now I'll confess to assuming something some of you may know what I mean by that about her abilities.
Add this among the triumphs! Feb 10, Katie rated it did not like it. However, I found the story to be very slow, the ending fairly easy to predict, and the characters unlikable. All in all, I wouldn't recommend this book. The plot and the style were pretty good, however, the two week spacing between chapters was too long and it broke the rhythm of the story.
By the time the next chapter arrived, I had to go back and reread the last chapter because I could no longer remember where it stood. That was somewhat annoying. May 29, Laura rated it really liked it. I figured it out a smidgen before the big reveal. I liked how many people were suspected I would have liked to see Simon end up with someone. You kinda feel for the guy Jul 07, Paula rated it liked it Shelves: This is a kindle serial.
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I would prefer to read the book in it's entirety, instead of having to wait for the next installment. The story line interested me, English history; it was wound around the American researcher and her love interests. Jan 21, Rebecca Gebhart rated it did not like it. Underneath the unskilled narrative, bumbling dialogue, and bizarre characters is a decent story.
Unfortunately I couldn't get past all of the technical issues to appreciate it. This was most certainly not a winner for me. Enjoyed loved the mystery and romance. She always keeps you interested and provides actual facts. I've learned a lot of history through reading historical romance books. Feb 13, Janette rated it liked it. Characters are a bit one dimensional.
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The ending felt rushed! There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Her books have been finalists for other awards, including the Daphne du Maurier, and have been translated into eight languages. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and English from the University of Texas and a master's degree from the University of Houston.
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More importantly, Frederick vows to protect the beautiful scholar against the menacing forces working against her. As Frederick and Antonia crisscross England seeking information on the Percy Monstrance, it becomes clear that someone is stalking her every move. If you could sum up Falling for Frederick in three words, what would they be? What other book might you compare Falling for Frederick to and why? In some ways it reminds me of a Dan brown Thriller, in that it traces a lost symbol or artifact of religion, but no to the extent that it delves into religion.
As the persecuted Catholic families of England hid, they hid their artifacts as well. This book is a treasure hunt across England to find such a treasure. Which character — as performed by Amy McFadden — was your favorite? Antonia was my favorite character. It was fun to follow her adventure, be there in her research and look for the monstrance. Her research in the archives, manor houses and libraries of Europe is wonderful. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? The story make you think, ponder and consider the possibilities. A wonderful reading adventure that keeps you thinking.
The book started out good But then it started to drag on and on and on and on and on I thought maybe there might actually be a romance brewing and the book wouldnt be a total waste But sadly - no! The narration was very good so that was a definite plus. This book had potential, but never quite reached it. I've enjoyed many of the author's other books, but this book lacked maturity. The heroine was too young and too American for the decidedly British hero. The narrator did a good job with what she had.
The premise of this story sounded good. However it didn't quite work. I had a few issues with the storyline itself, so I'll start there. I'll start with the plot holes: There was the lack of police procedure. The womans laptop is shown as being looked through for evidence, yet the police leave it to be stolen? I highly doubt that's procedure. Same with the laptop that belonged to the murder victim. Then there was the way emails were talked about as if they could only be accessed by the person's personal computers.
I don't know about you, but my email account can be logged into from any computer! I'm sure there were more plot holes, but those are the ones that stuck out like a sore thumb for me. Then there is the overall story.