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"Along Came A Soldier" by Brenda Davies

*Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a free ARC in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I went into this book blindly, and it did not pay off. I was really confused in the beginning about the setting and if there was a supernatural element to the story. Later on, I got my answer, but instead of looking forward to the big reveal, I was questioning myself if I missed something the whole time. Overall, the direction of the plot is fine, but I just couldn't find the motivation to read. I ended up forcing myself to finish it. It also found myself confused about whose perspective I was reading. I was constantly going back and forth to orient myself in the story. I also must have missed something in the beginning because I didn't know the village was near the ocean until chapter 4. As someone that doesn't live in the UK, I assumed Cornwall was in the USA. When I noted the spelling of "favourite," I did a Google search, and it all made sense. Another struggle I had was really getting into the story. I had a hard time following along and getting interesting in the characters. There is nothing wrong with the characters, and they are well written, but I just couldn't bring myself to cheer them on. Halfway through, I realized this book just isn't for me. My favorite part was definitely the forbidden romance aspect of the book. It gave off subtle Romeo and Juliet vibes at one point, but overall the story felt like its own. Overall, if you are looking for a dark, historical fiction romance, then this one is for you. +.5 Plot +.5 Writing +0 World-building +.5 Organization +1 Characters

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