Title: The Colonel's Daughter
Author: Merline Lovelace
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages to Date: 1,005
Lovelace does a nice job of creating a strong willed woman, Suzanne, as one of the main characters. She can fend for herself and isn't afraid to get a little dust on her shoes. In the book she does not get everything that she wanted out of her journey, which I found rather refreshing. In most romance books, the main character receives everything she is after by the last page, but in this piece Suzanne faces some mild disappointment.
Most romance novels are unrealistic I must admit, but there are certain scenarios that one can guarantee would never happen in real life. For instance, Suzanne bluntly tells her mother and stepfather that she had sex with a man. This would never happen! At least not in such a careless fashion considering it's set in 1879. In addition, the end scene of the marriage was so unrealistic and insensitive that I was really let down.
I've read a lot of romance novels in my time, and a reader could definitely do a lot worse. However, I'd say steer clear of this piece if you're looking for a book with realistic expectations. The ending is just too abrupt and disappointing.