Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Pursuit by Johanna Lindsey

Title:  The Pursuit
Series:  Sherring Cross #3
Author:  Johanna Lindsey
Published:  March 10/04 by Brilliance Audio (1st Published 2002)
Length:  400pgs
Format:   audio book
Genre:  historical romance
Shelf:  borrowed
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

What was to be a grand adventure for Melissa MacGregor - an escape from the wilds of her Scottish home into the whirl of the London social scene - seems to pale before the promise in the passionate gaze of Lincoln Ross Burnett. Though they exchange but a few words before parting after a chance encounter on her grandfather's lands, Melissa instantly knows this bold stranger is her destiny, while Lincoln realizes his heart has been claimed forever and he will never be complete until Melissa MacGregor is his bride. But there are serious obstacles impeding the well-smitten Viscount Cambury's pursuit of glorious romance: sixteen of them - all big and brawny, six named Ian and all named MacFearson. The bane of Lincoln's youth, Melissa's stifling, disapproving uncles are now determined to rob him of his newfound happiness. Yet he is equally resolved to confront the peril - and to pursue his exquisite obsession all the way to London. . . and to the ends of the earth, if necessary.

My Review:

This was a wildly intriguing novel. Lindsey took us for a number of spins. I couldn’t even start to guess where it was going to end at any point in time. It was suspenseful, but without the usual danger accompanying that suspense. The solid storyline definitely sparked my interest throughout and kept me on my toes.

The main characters in this novel were quite unique. I don’t think I’ve ever seen quite this approach in a historical romance. I loved getting to know them so well. Their histories added to who they are today, even if it wasn’t always in a positive manner. They were a joy to get to know.

I definitely had some issues with the uncles. They were developed as a single entity, with few of them having any bearing outside of this. For a while there it was really starting to feel like the entire premise of the story had changed to ‘we were wrong, we actually started the whole thing, but we don’t care, we’re still getting our way even though it’s none of our business.’ Needless to say, they got on my nerves (and those of most of the characters) throughout the novel. Fortunately the rest of the cast & the original (and at times quite comical) storyline outshone this.

As a whole, the various elements of this story combined into an enjoyable reading experience for me. It wasn’t my favourite of Lindsey’s novels, but it was still a good read.

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