Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Book 10: The Typewriter Girl by Alison Atlee

I had high hopes for The Typewriter Girl . I just happened to pick it up from the library because it sounded like a historical fiction with a strong female lead and an interesting story.

The blurb on the back of the book is deceiving. All of the action that it mentions happens in the first thirty pages. After that, Betsey, our main character, is forever at the mercy of her boss, John Jones. She constantly asks him if she'll be fired and completely lacks the confidence she had when we first met her.

There is also the problem of the sexual tension in the book, or lack there of. I didn't know going into this that this book was a historical romance and it wasn't until three quarters of the way through that I figured that out. There isn't anything in the beginning of the novel to suggest a serious romantic connection between Betsey and John, and even after something begins between them, neither seems to think it anything more than sex. Once the word love actually does start to be a consideration it's so close to the ending that the whole thing just feels forced. There are so many characters and side plots in this book, that the happily ever after ending just feels like a convenient way to tie up lose ends.

Keeping in mind that this is a debut novel, I'd say it was a good effort. I don't usually read historical romance, so I won't be picking this up again, but someone more familiar with the genre might find it more interesting.

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