Unclaimed Hearts by Kim Wilkins (July 6th 2009—Razorbill)
Grade: 4 stars out of 5
Summary: “An illicit love—an oppressive father––a quest for truth.
The rules for a young English woman in 1799 are simple: Do what you’re told; stay out of the way; and don’t, under any circumstances, ask questions.
But Constance Blackchurch is insatiable, headstrong, and complex; and the quest to find her missing mother is too much to resist…
…as is Alexandre Sans-Nom, the pearl diver who steals her heart, uproots all of her social expectations, and can either ruin or save the family she loves.”
Review: If you want to imagine what Unclaimed Hearts is all about think Titanic but with pearl divers and merchant ships—more 18th century. High class rich girl falls in love with lower/middle class working boy in a sizzling chemistry that leaves the reader biting their handkerchiefs for more, more, more! Okay so I went a little crazy with the last part.
One thing that I love the most about this book was the different points of views. While everything is the standard third person, each new chapter focuses on one particular person: Constance, Alex, or Henry (Constance’s father). You get a better feel for the character; their emotions, actions, reactions, thoughts, all laid out in front of you. Especially since they threw some humor in the mix, some snap, crackle, and pop romance we get a wonderful combination.
If Johnny Depp can make pirates look sexy than Alexandre can make pearl divers look hot. Seriously for a guy who’s live on a boat for his entire life he has a gentleman’s manners, an ability to speak 3 different languages fluently, and a knack to swoon a girl with ease. Together with Constance they create this cheese sensation where everything kind of smells funky, like it’s a bit too much. Lovely dovey sickeningly sweet but it has this amazing taste/texture—smooth, rich, can’t-quite-just-take-one-bite relationship. I think I lost you guys, haven’t I? Lets just say that it was cute but sometimes revolting because of how cute they were and yet you can’t help but stare. It’s make you go awh! There, that should make sense now.
They connection between “tyrant” dad and “dainty” daughter is one of pure delight. I found it enjoyable because everyone’s been there where you thought your dad hates you and being a pain in the ass ‘cause he can, but it turns out he’s just doing what he thinks is right. That’s what this was.
Overall: Unclaimed Hearts was a mixture of romance, history, action, and adventure. Overall, it did well in all 4 categories.
I actually like this cover a lot! Rustic hues, sharp colors for the ocean, nice choice of model. It’s purty.
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