Love for Lydia,  H. E. Bates

Genre:  Literary Fiction, General Fiction (Adult)

I’m an avid reader, always have been and occasionally I feel pangs of conscience for not having read a “classic” book, one it seems everyone has read and loved.
This book is one of those, I thought it was time to extend my reading, try something different. Sadly its one of those that others love but leave me cold.

I found it long winded and dreary, and so many times I was just waiting for something, anything, to happen. It seemed like every tiny aspect had to be described in minute detail.Maybe if I’d liked Lydia it would have helped, but I didn’t. she came over as a shallow, vapid, selfish girl, one who had to be the centred of attention, the focus of all the drama, and she didn’t care about others feelings, just used people for her own needs. I really didn’t know why the men fell in love with her.

I found it hard to really like any of the characters, I never really felt I understood them, didn’t know them enough to care about what they went through. I need to like characters ( or hate them) I need that strong emotion, need to enjoy what happens to them and here I just felt I wasn’t interested in any of them.
I probably liked Nancy the best, felt sorry for her, but not enough to really care ultimately about her. The boys – well, I just wanted to shout “Open your eyes! See what’s really going on!” But there – that’s why its not a story for me, but is for hundreds of thousands of others 😉

One I now know why I didn’t read it….great for others but clearly H.E.Bates writing isn’t for me.

Stars: Two, a miss for me

ARC received from Netgalley and publishers for review purposes.


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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

3 responses to “Love for Lydia,  H. E. Bates”

  1. jeanniezelos says :

    I watched that on tv Mary, but haven’t read it.
    Leiah, I think I’ll just stay a pleb, keep away from the classics 🙂

  2. Mary Smith says :

    I haven’t read this but years ago – many years ago – I read and enjoyed The Darling Buds of May.

  3. soireadthisbooktoday says :

    I have a secret – – – I find “classics” boring as hell! LOL You have it right – dreary, shallow, selfish, vapid… I didn’t even like Gone With The Wind. I just wanted to smack that woman up side the head and tell her to get over herself!

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