Beyond its great beginning setting, this was a pretty good book. I’m usually not a super fan of romances but this one was pretty light, and not so much on the cheesy side, which I liked (although I did think some parts were slightly over the top). I also loved the main character, Bianca. I imagine her to be the kind of woman I would be if I lived at that time. She’s a total bookworm, and is more interested in learning new things and exploring than living up to the traditional ideas of women at the time. I can also relate to her because even in this day and age, I never really felt like it was accepted to be all into books and knowledge as much as it is to be a normal girl, obsessed with boys. So, I can really relate to that sort of rejection feeling she had because of who she was.
One of the things that I enjoyed most was that the plot was actually pretty out of the box, in the way that Bianca goes to the Holy Land with some other people, by winning a contest. Pretty out of the box, for most historical romances that I’ve read. Thumbs up to you, gurl!
There were some things in this book I could have really done without though. The whole Paul/Adrian thing was a bit weird to me and I didn’t really get it 100%. The whole motivation just didn’t make sense to me.
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