Stone Field (ARC Review)

Thursday, March 17, 2016




TITLE: Stone Field
AUTHOR: Christy Lenzi
RELEASE DATE: March 29, 2016
PUBLISHER: Roaring Book Press
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In a small town on the brink of the Civil War, Catrina finds a man making strange patterns in her family’s sorghum crop. He’s mad with fever, naked, and strikingly beautiful. He has no memory of who he is or what he’s done before Catrina found him in Stone Field. But that doesn’t bother Catrina because she doesn’t like thinking about the things she’s done before either.

Catrina and Stonefield fall passionately, dangerously, in love. All they want is to live with each other, in harmony with the land and away from Cat’s protective brother, the new fanatical preacher, and the neighbors who are scandalized by their relationship. But Stonefield can’t escape the truth about who he is, and the conflict tearing apart the country demands that everyone take a side before the bloodbath reaches their doorstep.

Inspired by Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.





Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was really looking forward to this book. I had been interested in reading more American Civil War novels and so when I came across a description for Stone Field I jumped at the chance to read it.

However, the plot had really little to do with the Civil War. Yes, some characters are dragged into the war, but for the most part it is the romance of the story that takes up most of the action, which would be fine, except the romance was infuriating. I am not a fan of "instalove" - as from the moment Stonefield and Cat meet each other they passionately fall in love. Then they both... and not even just them... do ridiculous things as a result of their love... most often the complete opposite of what the characters should do... for no good reason.

Then there is the character of Catrina. She too self absorbed, unaware, and selfish to be particularly likable. Furthermore, she's... eccentric to the point that I wondered why (as the setting is in the 1860s) those around her did not think to put her in an asylum (obviously I am talking about her mental state as it would have been seen in the 1860s not in the current period)... her actions are not of the time and often do not make any sense.  Frankly, her actions are bizarre.

This book just was not for me.

Overall


You will probably appreciate this book more if you have read Wuthering Heights.

"Truth has a way of pulling the foundation right out from under our feet. If our foundation is solid, then you're right - our fears are needless - but if it is faulty, then we have to be brave enough to find out."


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Tisha

As an INFJ Tisha doesn’t like she obsesses. Luckily, she has television, film, and books to keep her busy. Although YA is her favorite, she loves all types of books especially historical fiction. This resident Gryffindor also enjoys traveling and seeing where her wanderlusting nature will take her. Twitter

2 comments:

  1. Sorry to read that this one wasn't for you. It sounded really good and I loved the cover. That's disappointing about the instalove though. That is a major pet peeve of mine. Great review!

    Traci @ The Reading Geek

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  2. Thanks! Let me know what you think of Stone Field if you decide to read it :)

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