Monday, March 17, 2014

Book Review: "Love's Harvest"

Love's HarvestLove's Harvest by Peggy J. Herring

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


Oh dear. Where to start with this mess? First of all, even before I get to the writing itself, I have to mention that throughout this book, paragraphs end and begin in mid-sentence. Also, quotes seem to double as apostrophes. Doesn't anyone at Bella Books proof read?

Now then, the story. There actually is a kernel of a story here, but it is buried under a dung heap of terrible writing. I have read Herring several times before, and don't know what happened to her here; she is usually good for a reliable, if unspectacular, lesbian romance novel. This time, however, her characters are cardboard, the dialogue is wooden, the sex scenes are tepid and predictable, and the big climactic scene is more Three Stooges than suspense.

As if all that were not enough, Herring unerringly chooses to be vague when she should be specific. It never becomes clear exactly what one of the major characters does at her job. Oh, she reads files and makes calls, but it never gets any more detailed than that. That's just an example. The whole book is general and vague, more like an outline than a finished novel. But wait! There's more! Herring's word choices are comical at times. For example, her characters don't "think" something, they "reason". Over and over, she uses rather mechanical sounding language when plain language would be better. "A gentle kiss after a regular breathing pattern was restored" sounds like something from an engine manual.

It's awful. Don't read it. I can't believe she put her name to this nonsense.



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10 comments:

hedgewitch said...

Itwas a pretty safe bet that i wasn't going to be reading this anyway, but now I know for sure. ;_)It's always disappointing to pick up an author who has provided a decent experience in the past and find that apparently s/he has become bored with the job. Usually, reader outcry will bring a good writer back to the realization that yes, their readers do expect something from them. I hope your author reads this review.

Kathryn said...

Sounds like one for the fireplace rather than bookshelf.

Sioux's Page said...

When the phrase "dung heap" is used in a review, it's not a good sign.

That last bit you quoted about the gentle kiss and the breathing made me laugh. Perhaps you should write a short story that is the "anti-story," and you can make it deliberately horrid.

From the sounds of it, one star is being generous...

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Comparing something to the Three Stooges doesn't automatically disqualify an artistic endeavor for me, but I don't read much (lesbian) fiction either. Great pithy review.

HermanTurnip said...

I normally don't reply to book reviews, but this one was so special it touched my heart.

"sounds like something from an engine manual"

That's poetry, my dear. More reviews should be so honest...

Mama Zen said...

Duly noted.

G-Man said...

Shirley you jest?

Daryl said...
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Daryl said...

oops .. i misspoke ...

come on, how did you really feel .. i hate when someone who usually writes well, goes bad

Sara said...

Why, Shay...not be shy. Tell us what you really think:~)

Then again, the quote you used is rather off-putting. I agree it does sound mechanical.