Saturday, December 22, 2018

Review of The Cliff Walk Courtships Book #3 - by the RW Team

All the way back in January, we here at Rebellious Writing reviewed the first two books in Cecily Wolfe's Cliff Walk Courtship series. It was the first of many book reviews that came this year, and we highly enjoyed them.

Because of the interest that we had expressed then, Ms. Wolfe offered us a review copy of the third book in the series, which was published in October of this year. Our writers Catherine Hawthorn and Clare A. are here to tell you watch they thought of it.

Catherine's Review:



A little sneaking off has terrible consequences one icy New Year's Eve, and the flirty Sarah Davenport gets a hard dose of reality. Shaken by a terrible accident involving a young man, she tries to rebuild her life by volunteering with her brother and sister at First Steps, the homeless shelter that was founded by her brother and sister-in-law. As she finds purpose again, she is drawn to the grieving delivery boy, Sam Duncan and seeks to help him. But will her fragile sense of hope be shattered when all the truths are revealed?


Language: ☆☆☆☆☆. No language concerns.
Abuse: ☆☆☆☆☆. Some characters were under the influence of alcohol. Characters suffer mentally from past events. A wee bit of class struggle/prejudice.
Lust: ☆☆☆☆🟉 (4 1/2 stars). There was one guy that acted a little "cozy" towards Sarah, but there were consequences. One embrace. Some sneaking off alone.   
Review of the Book: ☆☆☆☆☆.

What I Liked:

1. The support that Sarah receives after the tragedy is wonderful.
2. The faith journey that Sam takes was also handled well.
3. How Sam takes responsibility for his and his brother's actions - very manly :)
4. I liked how Sarah begins to see the humanity behind servants.
5. The use of the constant reminder of the tragedy in the story shows just how much trouble the characters had in letting go of the memories.
6. The world-building as better in this book than in previous ones.

What I Disliked:

1. Some scene and POV changes were abrupt - there should have been page or chapter divisions.
2. I feel like the characters were....different from what I remember. Granted, it's been almost a year since I read these books.
3. Why did Sarah try cookies again after two failed attempts...after she was installed in the accounts office? It didn't make sense to me.
4. I'm not sure I like how Sam's mom. She seemed a little....out there.
5. Pacing seemed a bit "off" to me. There were periods of it being a little fast and then a little too slow....and it seemed that the time between incident and recovery seemed a wee bit fast.

I felt this book was a really fitting conclusion to a wonderful, clean historical romance series. Also, I believe I am now a fan of Cecily Wolfe's works and look forward to reading more of them :).

Clare's Review:
Language: ☆☆☆☆☆. Zipo! There is none. Which I always apprieciate, it makes it easier to read!!
Abuse: ☆☆☆☆☆. A little bit of drinking, but shown in a bad way.
Lust: ☆☆☆☆☆.  
Review of the Book: ☆☆☆☆☆.

What I Liked:

1. The storyline. I think this might be my favorite of the three!
2. Sarah. I feel like I were in her place, I would have done the exact same thing. Total shut down, and trying to be better.
3. Sam. He's a sweetheart.
4. The epolouge. It was so sweet!
5. Sarah not being good at baking. Been there, done that... still do that.
6. Arthur. I love his character in all of the books.
7. All the support!

What I Disliked:

1. The last chapter. It really was crazy and did not seem relistic at all.
2. In one bit it mentioned that Josie was upset with Sarah's mother, but never explained why. I was confused.
3. At one point it descrides Sam combing his hand through his hair. I'm sorry, I hate it when any book says that...

Yours &c.
Clare A.

And there you have it!

Besides the usual holiday rush, we here at Rebellious Writing have been secreted behind closed doors reviewing candidates for the Instagram and Goodreads coordinators. We have made a decision and will be revealing it in our monthly wrap-up post coming next week - so stay tuned! 

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