Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Review: The Baron's Gloves by Louisa May Alcott

Synopsis: A Story of Adventure and Romance! Two rather young woman, Amy and Helen, are traveling with an older Uncle and doing the "tour" of Europe. They are supposedly soaking up education but secretly yearning for adventures and romance. At this wish for adventure, a pair of gloves suddenly drops beside them from the balcony above their hotel room in Coblentz. Ah, whose gloves? The two young men who enter the lives of these ladies are rich and eligible adventurers traveling through Europe and agree to play a prank on the young women by becoming aides to their uncle. (from the back of the book)

Review: This book. This book! Oh, where to start. First, Alcott is a fantastic writer  - as long as she sticks to certain genre (Thrillers and whatever genre Little Women gets stuffed into). The adventure and romance genre - no. The romance is sappy and saccharine, full of woeful glances and tender sighs (bleck) and the adventure is gentle and sweet and always turns out well (lame). Second, The characters are one-dimensional, either sweet or manly or old or jolly or prudent or romantic - you only get to pick one. As for the story itself, it's not bad if you can get past the syrupy lovey-dovey nonsense. I enjoyed it, as far as a light read goes - and I do mean light. There is nothing here to tax the brain cells. at. all. Third, the blurb on the back is the worst I've ever read for a story. It reads like something from an uneducated 7 year old book report. Sigh. If you like Alcott, read this, but be prepared to vomit from the sentimentality of the whole thing.

Bookmarks: 6 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 1-4041-8616-6
Date Finished: 2-17-2014
Pages: 128

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