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Not what I expected
Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2020
I’ve been a Danielle Steele fan for 30+ years. Zoya is on of my all time favorite DS books and was elemental in sparking my love for world history. Reading many of Ms. Steele’s books have sent me down many wonderful rabbit holes, searching out the history of royal households and the mystique that surrounds them. But more importantly, Danielle Steele sparked my love of writing as well.
On that note, I have to say that in this book, I’m disappointed. It doesn’t even read like Ms. Steele. I caught myself wondering time and again if this was ghost written. I write only for myself, and repetition is something I consciously work out of my writing. In this book, there’s so much repetition that is completely unnecessary and distracting. It is apparent to me that the editing is lacking in this book. I don’t blame Ms. Steele. Writers write, editors NEED to edit.
As for the story line..... The story itself is rich in content, but it could have been so much more. Other reviews go into the actual story line, so I’d encourage you to read them; but beware of spoilers.