Friday, September 21, 2012
The Minister's Daughter, by Julie Hearn
It's an enthralling story, but unfocused. Hearn doesn't seem to know if she wants to write a paranormal story or historical fiction. The pixies and fairies are intended to illustrate rural folk beliefs of the period, but they are jarring in a story that is otherwise rooted in historic reality. Given the choice, I'm a greater fan of good history and the story didn't need the supernatural creatures (even though Hearn weaves them in pretty solidly). I also found the ending a bit of a let down. The blurb promises a shocking conclusion and it certainly has a bit of pathos, but seemed underwhelming compared to what could have been done with it. Overall, a beautiful book, but a bit of a letdown.