A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Surprise Sucka! I’m good!
I’ve been on a Beauty & the Beast retellings kick, and this was on one of the lists. I’d say there’s only a very vague semblance to the fairy tale. The story was wonderful! Warring clans in England and Scotland, spitfire male & female protagonists, and good storytelling.
I was pretty wary after reading the prologue. Jenny was having this silent conversation with God, so I was sure that would dominate the story. While I’m quite spiritual/religious myself, I don’t enjoy Christian Romances. Most are cheesy and the entire plot revolves around the main character’s faith in God. I prefer non-fiction inspirational books.
So. Jenny does pray a few times and is determined to do what is right. It was appropriate for her character (her father sent her to a convent for two years & didn’t speak to her) and seemed to flow naturally with the story. I never felt that it was a main theme, was preachy, or tried to teach a moral. It was nicely done. The story would appeal to a wide audience, as the theme was really about staying true to your personal beliefs and convictions in the face of adversity.
Jenny is wily and determined. She’s brave and reckless, no hint of a Mary Sue. I was saddened by her desperate drive to please her father and regain favor with her clan.
The Wolf, be still my fluttering heart, was brilliant and ruthless. He brings Sun Tzu to mind – master General, strategist, war philosopher. Alpha done right.
There’s a bit of sexual coercion, not actual rape, that would normally earn a NOPE from me. Considering the age of the book and the way things played out, I was able to give it a pass. Some sex, written tastefully – probably PG13.
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