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Flu Review - Rutherford Park by Elizabeth Cooke

The Cavendish family is the pillar of strength for the surrounding territory but every giant has weaknesses too.  Lady Cavendish is at a time in her life when she has more questions than answers.  She has come a long way from the young innocent bride of her youth.  Her excitement and joy has been smothered under the rules of responsibility and she feels like a shell of the woman she once was.  When she witnesses an intimate exchange between her husband and a distant cousin she is forced to find out what she is made of and how she will proceed.  In the other world that exists downstairs the drama is no less intense than that of the Family.  Servants are not to get romantically involved with each other, much less, the son of the family.  So when Harry seduces one of the maids, things get unalterably tangled and their lives are forever changed.  As tension mounts in the years leading up to the war, no one of any class can escape the unrest that comes in it’s wake.

Rutherford Park is simply stunning!  It is beautifully written and the transitions between characters which could easily be confusing are seamlessly navigated in a way to give the reader a full picture of each character without causing information overload.  I found myself pulled in hopelessly within the first chapter, no Prologue needed.  Each personality is presented so well that each of them have an element of intrigue that I find irresistible.

Elizabeth Cooke has a lovely way with words in this book.  Not only are the characters amazingly well developed, but the story scenario is undeniably breathtaking.  I find myself thinking of a dark rich chocolate as I read; a story so infused with flavor that it requires little imagination to be immersed into a different world.  Perhaps my favorite aspect of the story is the real life hue cast onto the purely fictional plot.  There is heartbreak and bravery plus a bit of romance but all presented in a very believable way.  

There is a little bit of profanity usage that a reader may wish to be aware of but that is the only thing I can think of as a possible negative.  The general flow of the story is outstanding.  I had no idea what direction the writer was taking us and, truth be told, I was afraid it was going to be depressing.  But by the time I got to the end there was a warmth flowing out of the pages which makes me excited to read the next book in the series.  All told, I would give it a 5 out of 5.

 

By Jenny

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