When I first read the "pre-reviews" of this book before it was released, I was very excited. So excited that I pre-ordered the book. I read this book in one day and had to force myself to finish it. The concept behind the book was great - model goes back in time and is mistaken for a mulatto/quadroon at one of the famous Quadroon balls. Wow! This should make for an interesting read, right? Wrong! For one, the heroine bemoaned living in a society where she and other women were judged based on their outward appearance - and she spends half the book trying to get the other women around her to change their appearances in attempts to attract the men they desire. And a Black woman bemoaning her big behind? Give me a break! As a Black female and avid reader of historical romances, this book was just plain silly! I am not a stickler for historical accuracies and such and get tired of reviewers who spend so much time criticizing small inaccuracies that they miss the beauty of a well-written story but this book was just unbelieveable! For one...the characters sounded like they were from modern days, not historical times. Secondly, the 4-year old (E.T. *eyes rolling) - he wasn't funny. He needed his behind paddled and his mouth washed out with soap. I could go on and on but why bother? What could have been a perfectly good story is ruined by an excessive amount of silliness.
Not being a fan of time travel romances I was very hesitant to read this book. This book is about a supermodel Selene who gets a voodoo curse put on her and she gets sent back to New Orleans 1845. A year where skinny women are not the norm and a woman's attractiveness is based on her breeding and manual labor abilities.
The historic background of the south in 1800's was infuriating but as I don't know many details of specific practices of the time I cannot say if they are historically accurate or not.
The main character decides to make James (the "hero") laugh and tells him tons of blonde jokes thoughout the book. I love a good joke and have laughed at blonde jokes in the past but in the 1800's these jokes wouldn't be funny at all so I couldn't really see the point. As a matter of fact I couldn't see the point in this book.
Sandra Hill has written several other books and I am glad I read one of her better ones before this. If this had been my first Hill book I might have never picked up another one again.
There is a sequel to this book about James' son Etienne. Another time travel book. Will I be reading it? Probably not.
Did you like Scarlett O'Hara, Tara and gone with the wind. This time travel story will interest you then. Our modern "Scarlett" gets in a lot of trouble very quickly before she figures out how to be proper in an earlier time period.
This is a very enjoyable read. Really funny!
This novel fairly sizzles. Very hot, and actually quite good.