Book Review: The Lady and the Poet by Maeve Haran (DNF)
November 5, 2011 12 Comments
I usually don’t like it when people that have really existed show up in fiction. In this book, I barely got to the point where the poet John Donne was introduced to the story before I wasn’t interested anymore.
I didn’t finish this book. I read only to about page 90. I read this book as part of my TBR Slash challenge which stated that I could stop reading at page 75 if I wasn’t keen to continue.
The Lady and the Poet: What it is about
A young woman, Ann More, sees her older sisters getting married off. She herself is sent to her aunt who is a lady at the court of Queen Elizabeth. She has arranged for Ann to be presented at court and eventually to take her place.
But Ann doesn’t enjoy her first visit to court and tells her aunt she doesn’t want to take up this place. Her aunt assures her that her only other option is to marry, where upon she has Ann dressed in servant clothes to learn the ways of the household.
Whilst dressed as a servant, she meets the poet Jon Donne, who at the first opportunity puts his arms around her and tells her that beds can be used for other things than sleeping.
The Lady and the Poet: What I thought
Dressing a high-born woman in servant clothes? I didn’t buy it. As this happened exactly on page 75 I decided to read on a little further but I could not be charmed by further events so decided to abandon the book.
Neither the story, which I found rather far-fetched, nor the period did anything for me. I wasn’t curious to see how anything in this book would develop. It seemed like a real romance novel, which is not a genre I generally enjoy reading.
Rating: DNF (read until page 90).
I got this book: bought at a book shop
I read this in: English, the original language
Number of pages: 384
First published: 2010
Genre: historical fiction