There's a vaguely soap opera feel to the story, with the mix of rural drama (honestly, I had no idea there were so many ways sheep could die!) and a love pentagon (two women, three men) and yet, this isn't some fluffy pastoral farce. The romance in this book is hardly romantic: even the passionate points feel a bit grim, as we and the characters understand the implications of each overture and pass. Someone will be hurt, someone else buoyed, and one night makes all the difference in a life. The setting is described with poetic loveliness, but as we see with Farmer Oak's constantly imperiled sheep, rural life is hardly peaceful and bucolic. At times, it is nearly savage, and pretty, clever, fiery, passionate Bathsheba seems to be the personification of the lovely-yet-wild (and fickle!) landscape. She captivates, frightens, and mystifies the men around her, and despite her sometimes over-the-top emotional fits, she manages her own farm and her own courtships with savvy determination.
This book had it all: a heroine I loved, a story that captivated me, and writing that begs to be lingered over!
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bie, February 26, 2008 (view all comments by bie)
I was moved by both the simplicity and at the same time complexity of the plot. Most often, we look very far for things that we think will make us happy only to find out later on that it will not. We often ignore things that are familiar only to find out later on that said thing will make us not just happy but also fulfilled.
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