Book Review: The Freemason’s Daughter by Shelley Sackier
ashley | Anything dubbed “The Outlander series for the YA audience” gets my attention. I was excited to read The Freemason’s Daughter by Shelley Sackier, it’s been a while since I’ve read something of this historical genre and I was excited to see how it would work with a YA focus.
I loved the setting and the dynamic of a wealthy family and a group of stonemasons with a young girl tagging along. This set a good foundational scene for the story, but it’s very apt that this specifies the YA audience. The story is not complex, you can see the plot all mapped out from the very beginning, the personal obstacles of the characters are not that complicated, and there really aren’t too many historical facts weighing down this lightweight Romeo and Juliet-like love story. Yes, there is a rebellious note to the books intentions, but it’s a bit more about the budding relationship between these two star-crossed characters, though without any real satisfying ending.
I did like the characters, though. Jenna was a redhead, so naturally I was rooting for her. She had all the stubbornness and fieriness that you expect from a redhead, which I loved. Lord Pembrook surprisingly didn’t irritate me. He stood apart from his wealthy family and didn’t act the spoiled-lord-turned-aware part, he always kind of questioned how things worked in his family and always seemed to kind of want a little bit more from everything and everyone, which was a really nice change from what you usually see, where it takes a girl to change that point of view. There wasn’t necessarily a lot of depth or growth to them, but they were likeable and swoonworthy for the most part. Well, likeable except for Lady Lucia of course.
I liked that there was no blatant love triangle, though it was teetering quite on the edge of that. I liked that for the most part this wasn’t full of clichés, even if there were things easily predicted. I liked the loyalty and fierceness of family that is shown in Jenna’s clan. There were a lot of very likeable things, but nothing that really grabbed me, making this great.
I was pretty set in my stance that this book would take me on an expected journey and be a nice, distracting ride, and then towards the end there was a much unexpected turn that I didn’t see coming. This redeemed a lot for me, taking this up a level from a fun and easy read to a little bit of excitement. Though that was the only time I really felt my heart race throughout the whole read.
april 11, 2017
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