I started reading this and I knew right away it wasn't the book for me. So I upload my kindle onto my Mom's tablet. If she ever gets around to reading it her opinion would be better suited.
I have many issues with this book beginning with this
"began in the usual way, making the point that women were evil, enticing men to sin with their wily feminine ways. It was the same way he began all of his sermons.
Annabel kept her eyes on the floor so no one would see the anger and contempt that coursed through her and probably showed in her eyes. Was this how the Bible read? Surely not. Surely it did not revile and condemn in such a manner. She wanted to know. She had to know.
He went on, as always to denounce unmarried men - forgetting that he was one himself?- speaking of their passions and lust, of how they only sought to satisfy their flesh."
It's no wonder with sermons like this that the man in this book felt priviledged to have his way with her. And that she took the entire blame for it.
"But what choice did she have? If she didn't become the lord's servant, Tim would still remain a problem. Even if she told her brothers that she was afraid of Bailiff Tom, even if she told them exactly why, it wouldn't be enough for them.She imagined Edward, his face twisted in that intense way of his when he was agitated. She knew what he would say: "And what did the bailiff do to you?" If she told him the whole story, how the bailiff had grabbed her, what he intended to do to her, her brother would shrug and say, "Well, I did tell him he could marry you."
Not once does the author empower Annabel or let her think on her own. No she just wants to run to a nunnery or fall into the hands of another man. This book frustrated me so much!I would be very curious what Belle Vierge would have to say about this book. She would word it allot better than I.