TJ Bennett: The Legacy

Wittenberg, 1525: After a brief, disastrous marriage to a fortune hunter and her flight from the convent to which she had to retire consequently, Sabina von Ziegler is a destitute, scandal-ridden young woman at the mercy of her cruel stepfather, the Baron von Ziegler. The Baron von Ziegler forces Sabina and Wolfgang Behaim, owner of a printing press, to get married, but neither of the newlyweds knows his real intention. Neither of them wants to get married, but as they get to know each other, they fall in love....

This book was highly recommended on All About Romance, but I just don't get it. Apart from the German setting - which is one of the reasons I wanted to read the book in the first place - there is really nothing extraordinary about it. Except for the extraordinarily stupid characters, that is. It's like a throwback to the 80s romance novels with their over the top macho heroes and feisty but dim-witted heroines. Just like his literary forebears, Wolfgang insists nearly until the end of the book that he doesn't love Sabina and doesn't want a wife, and Sabina alternately loves him and hates him and loves him again. And of course we also have a good old running away in the middle of the night without food, money or even proper clothing scene. And a rescuing the heroine from her own stupidity scene. Been there, done that and fell asleep over such books a dozen times. The author's writing style and plotting are okay, but even those things don't keep the book from being a complete waste of time. This is an "inadequate" book (Grade E)