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Sep 11, Sarah Mac rated it it was ok Shelves: Some kind of pointless journey was undertaken by Amir and resolved without much drama at all. The story in the beginning goes against everything you want to read in a romance, but I read the descriptions and am not new to Small’s books, like I said several times. Now THAT would’ve been romantic and worthwhile. View all 12 comments.

Nov 12, RomanceNovelNews. But I felt like the whole book was rushed and areas of the storyline, which probably should have each been dedicated a good portion of the book itself, were just skimmed over way too much. It is the shocking murder of her husband that allows her to find the possibility of love at last.

There were entire areas of the plotline which could have made for beautiful, rich, intriguing plotline which could have really set up each and every cha I actually liked it overall. Large in scope and heated, even sizzling, with passion— Fifty Shades has nothing on Small—Bianca harkens back to the style, sweep and sensuality that this beloved author is known for creating.

Small never holds back on the evil of others, so the beginning of the book shows in vivid terms the perversions of Rovere. In the end, I would not personally have taken the same stand with my daughter but I did relate to her. Bertrice Small puts a lot of historical detail in her books, and in that time, a girl was ready for marriage at age 12 or The dialogue does not flow in a natural way.


It is impossible to not notice how well versed and talented she is.

Bianca: The Silk Merchant’s Daughters

As Amir was of the Ottoman empire, he had more than one wife. I am a huge Bertrice Small fan. I know this is just a story, but really.

Again, nothing distasteful there as it was culturally accurate. Conflicts arise and are easily settled within a page of being mentioned as the narrative trips along in a jarring way which weakens any attempt at presenting drama or tension. Her Magic Touch Celtic Rogues, book 2. There is a slave girl thrown into the mix whereby she is forced to have sex against her will with another woman and she comes very close to being violated by a miniature donkey.

The prologue starts off with smapl date, but never again in the book is there another date mentioned. I would not be bsrtrice to learn things like that happened back then – I think they still have donkey shows in parts of Mexico This was not one of my favorite Small books, but it wasn’t so shocking as some of these reviews would have you believe.

Only a Duke Will Do. I will never marry again! But it does not really have the spark of her earlier series.

Aspects of the story that held the potential of developing a plot happen offstage and are presented in the narrative as recaps. I have to marry an older man because my brother did something that could bring scandal to the family?

Reminded me of The Borgias in the first half; second half dragged and I couldn’t wait for it to be over. The character is believable, within the context of the romance. I was drawn in by the back-cover blurb and the cover artwork.

There is no cohesive plot, just events that happen with a bit of randomness thrown in out of left-field towards the end. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping.

Fiction Book Review: Bianca by Bertrice Small. NAL, $16 trade paper (p) ISBN

I would die rather than marry again and let a man have dominion over me! Smalp sultan did yes, but that was it because most men abused their power.


Mar 24, Elizabeth Bennet rated it liked it. When she finally meets Prince Amir and they begin to spend time together, she begins to realize what true love is. The six months they are married are even worse. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Small writes somewhat stiffly with the tone of Anya Seton. In order to keep her far away from Sebastiano, Bianca is sent to live in a secluded villa with only a few servants. In the scenes with her lover later on, the description is very sensual and intimate. The Governess Was Wanton. I would’ve liked more romance between Bianca and Amir while they were on the island to have more depth, more of a reason why they fell in love. I should have guessed by his name but held out hope.

Bianca escapes from a terrible marriage and meets Prince Amir who has majorly different religious beliefs.

Bianca: The Silk Merchant’s Daughters – Bertrice Small – Google Books

You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. However, not all happy endings are what we expect them to be and this book is a perfect example of that. For me love is with two participants not four.

There are pages of words — words vianca failed to connect me to the story or the characters or the setting or anything remotely interesting. The demise of our villain in this book was just and well over due. Jan 22, Lise Anne rated it did not like it Shelves: Much of the story was disturbing and disgusting and a horrible truth to what some woman have had to experience.

Because we are betrothed, he is allowed to do whatever he wants to me?