We’re back with another Catherine’s Corner’s Book Club review. The eagle eyes amongst you might have noticed this has taken a little longer than usual.
The reason it’s taken some time to review The Country Set by Fiona Walker stems from the length of the book and the struggle to read it.
It’s over 700 pages long, long chapters and not enough of a thrilling read to encourage me to keep flipping the pages to make it forward.
From what I can tell it’s the first of a series and one thing I am certain of is I won’t be reaching out for the next book in the series.
There are a lot of characters. There’s definitely some that could be cut out – Kit Donne being the most obvious one. The premise is the stud is the centre of the book and the next steps following the death of the owner plays out. However, there are a number of sub plots, including a horse riding trio and their secret crushes, the busy body house keeper, a secret London affair, the love of animals for one woman with healing hands. The list could go on.
I think this book would benefit from cutting a few of the sub plots to make it a tidier read. These might also make the chapters a tad shorter so I don’t bother giving up reading half-way through.
I also noticed a couple of proofing mistakes. Anyone who reads this blog knows that I’m not a fan of proof reading! But when there is a typo in the name of a character – her name is three letters long – you have to question if even the author lost the will to live when proofing it.
Quite often when I finish a book I hand it over to mum to read. This isn’t one that will follow on to her. The book is described as being on Jilly Cooper fans will love, but even the sex scenes aren’t frequent enough for me to think this isn’t one for mum.
Hopefully, when you check in next time for a review of Somewhere Beyond the Sea by Miranda Dickinson will attract a more positive review.