I was almost done with the book (about 85%) and could not see how my opinion could change by bothering with the lsat 15%. So here it is: I am done.
I realized that my ratings and reviews often have much to do with my aversion or affection for the heroines. This book is a classic case of a low rating resulted from aversion. Jocelyn seems like such a pathetic character to me. We are told that she is:
2. Longing for acceptance
3. Ignored by her own family
4. Wore rags because her father did't care enough to clothe her well
Plaing-looking or not, Jocelyn just seemed so desperate for attention. She wanted approval from her father, didn't get it. She fought her husband for her original family who was headed by a father that traded her for his son. I don't know. Loyalty is admirable and all. I respect that. But in this book, Jocelyn's loyalty seemed misplaced.
I think it is just I do not like a female who is desperate for approval and acceptance. The way Jocelyn is written in this book certainly made me feel that she was seeeking love and acceptance in all the wrong places. I would much rather read about a woman who knows her self-worth and acts accordingly.