Thursday, July 30, 2015

Book Review: Penn's Woodland by David Connor

Years ago, Penn's lover was attacked in the woods, and most think Penn is to blame—including Penn. Ever since, he's been a prisoner in his home and his mind. When world renowned architect Ewan Parish arrives to construct a secure, enclosed walkway through those woods, Penn is surprised, suspicious, and also fearful.

Ewan finds himself intrigued by the mysterious, reclusive Penn, his journals, and the beautiful artwork he's drawn, which Ewan recreates in iron scrollwork. Determined to free Penn, Ewan sets out to unravel the mystery that has resulted in Penn's imprisonment by his family and conscience all these years…

When I discovered this book, I was quite intrigued by the premise. However, as I delved deeper into the story, I realized that the plot and family history were confusing, the vernacular extremely formal for my tastes and the relationship between Penn and Ewan rushed. 

The development of Penn and Ewan's relationship made me uncomfortable at times because Ewan seemed a little too aggressive with his feelings and actions. Don't get me wrong, I do not think this is a dubious consent situation, but it all just seemed to be a little too much too soon. Penn seemed so innocent, and Ewan very experienced. The emotional and physical coercion by Ewan was overwhelming in my opinion, making it difficult for me to fully immerse myself in the story.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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~ M

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