Name: Windswept

Author: Suilyaniz Cintron

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Pages:  576

Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Drama, Romance

Setting: England; 1890s to 1910s

Opening Lines: “On a cold, dark night during the winter of 1891 snow blanketed the English countryside.”

Favorite Quote:  “Those bright blue eyes filled with an incomprehensible sadness. What pain did she carry?”

Rating: 1 out of 5

Windswept is a romance set in early twentieth-century England. It recounts the tale of a beautiful, young lady named Magdalena who, because of her mother’s actions, has turned into a slave in her own family unit. She perseveres through both physical and psychological mistreatment on account of her dead father’s wife, Amelia. Her life is only hopelessness until the day she meets James, a young gentleman from a well-off family living close-by.

I felt Windswept wasn’t exceptionally unique. The story starts with Isabelle, a poor, simple-minded young lady with a dull past meets a rich gentleman that is despondent with his marriage. And it repeats itself again with Isabelle’s daughter, Magdalena. Education, culture, these are male attributes. It’s all about a young woman being valued for her looks. Yet how come beauty lasts after the life as a servant?

It was a very basic story, nothing that I haven’t read before. To be quite honest, I found the entire story to be extremely predictable and cliché. Character tropes abound, and the writing was not good enough to make up for that, and keep me engaged. In the end, I just wasn’t very invested or interested in how things went. Mostly, I think the characters could have been a little more two-dimensional and the situations a little less trite.

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The main reason I am giving Windswept such a bad score is because of the writing. The author’s easy, breezy style of writing, the plot points, character and relationship development (or lack thereof), and the indescribably slap-dash way in which the big issue was handled were all beyond my ability to suspend disbelief. There is a great deal of oversights: language structure, linguistic use, spelling, and so forth. When a story is well-written, readers become engrossed so deeply in the story that they forget that they’re reading; but it is difficult when in every sentence there are so many syntax errors that you can’t just simply ignore them.

The best way I can describe this book is saccharine sweet. That nasty type of sweetness that leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Fortunately, it won’t linger because Windswept’s characters are literally the most one-dimensional characters that you will completely forget them within a couple of hours. Add to that stilted, boring dialogue and a glaring absence of plot direction and plot points.

Cintron, I personally believe that if you edit Windswept, it will turn out to be a great book. The most important thing to do is to fix all the grammar and punctuation errors that the book has. Try to make the plot a bit unique, not just a simple Cinderella story. Finally, if you could try to make the characters more complex, more memorable, it would be an enjoyable book.

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