Book Review: No Job For A Woman ~ 26-09-12

I recently received an email from an author; a request to review her book. I was honoured to be asked – I’m still quite new to reviewing books so for someone to specifically ask me to do so felt great. I read the product description on Amazon and the book in question seemed to be something along the lines of what I normally read anyway, so I happily agreed to read the book and review it afterwards – the book was No Job For A Woman by Sherry Gloag.

Deborah Stavely has been widowed and is competently running her late husband’s lands, until she starts receiving threats from her neighbours, the Granger brothers. The eldest Granger demands that he marry her immediately or he will start hurting her tenants and destroying her land. Her brother, Lord Freddie Worth, discovers the threats when Deb’s butler informs him and writes to his friend Julian Fanshaw to come help. Julian is an old family friend and has just returned to England, both he and Freddie went to school with the Grangers and so hope that there past experiences will help them solve Deb’s current situation. However, the threats run deeper than they appear; at first Julian and Freddie think that the Grangers are seeking revenge on them through Deb for something that happened back in their school days. However, it turns out that there’s more to the story and Deb’s live is in serious danger.

Deborah was in interesting character, in that she was absolutely determined to do things by herself; she resented her brother for getting Julian involved in something she believed she could handle on her own and went out of her way to manage things before any one else had to get involved. Her determination and stubbornness made her a fairly strong female lead for the story.

Julian was the character I related to more of the two, I’m not entirely sure why. I liked that he seemed so willing to help however he could because of the history that he shared with the family. I feel that, as a reader, I was given more of an insight into Julian’s mind from earlier on in the novel so it was easier to see things from his point of view throughout.

I enjoyed the relationship that built up between the two protagonists – both remembering how they had felt when they were younger and feeling confused by how that affected them now, and both as stubborn as the other in terms of seeing the other’s struggle with the feelings between them. Julian’s protectiveness of Deborah was endearing throughout, and Deb’s internal struggle between how she actually felt and how she thought she should feel was well played . The one thing that slightly disappointed me was how little interaction we got from them once their story had been resolved. The end felt a little rushed, I would have enjoyed seeing a little more of the conclusion before the story was cut short.

In terms of plot, I did find the start a little slow. This is because it took a while for the author to get to the point that there was something deeper and darker going on than anyone realised. However, once this point was reached, I found myself infinitely more interested in the outcome that the characters were going to reach. The suspense built up, as I grew more and more curious to learn what the awful secret that threatened the lives of the protagonists was. The second half of the story was more interesting, more eventful and all round more what I expected when I started the book. This is the first book of Sherry Gloag‘s that I have read, but even though it didn’t quite make it on to my favourites shelf on Goodreads, I’d happily read more of her work.

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