I picked this from my list of book trailers I have watched and enjoyed. The story line enticed me enough to buy the book. I especially found myself drawn to the blind twist.
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Set in 1890 Victorian England, Dark Persuasion tells a romantic story of regret, restitution, forgiveness, and redemption. It is a triangle of deceit and love fueled by emotions of selfish pursuit, guilt, and surrender among three people who are prisoners of their past.
Patrick Rochester wins Charlotte Gray’s hand in marriage, but he is haunted with grief and guilt. When his blind wife finally loves and completely trusts him, the revelation of his identity threatens to destroy their life together. In the end, Charlotte learns that love can be blind for everyone–even her.
I have to admit I really didn’t like this book at first. The beginning seemed to drag out and I had a hard time liking the main character. I stuck with it, and do not regret my choice. Hopkins created a world and characters with her words that made you feel like you stood in the books pages.
Charlotte – Charlotte’s behavior and cruelty to the hero seemed off to me. Her constant bitterness made me want to slap her. Instead of enjoying what life gave her and the beauty that surrounded her, she constantly placed herself in the dark world she so morosely complained about.
While my opinion of the heroine didn’t change much, I really enjoyed getting to know the hero. Patrick was sweet and sexy which, unfortunately, made me dislike Charlotte even more.
The author did an excellent job with character development and description. I could even get a sense of the fear Charlotte felt living in the world of darkness. The author’s ability to portray the three main characters from multiple angles left me enthralled.
In the end, Charlotte redeemed herself in my eyes by opening her own a bit to the horrifying world that others lived in. While I didn’t care for the heroine, the story was well written. Though, it held a lot of dark undertones, in the end I enjoyed this tale. I would not mind reading other stories by this author. I give it 4 hearts.
(4 / 5)