Every so often I run across a discussion thread somewhere (message board, blog, book discussions) lamenting the death of "big books." You know, door-stoppers. Big, meaty, epic 500+ page sagas that were, once upon a time, all the rage.
Well, I'm here to tell you, the Big Book isn't dead. Exhibit A, Dennis Lehane's forthcoming The Given Day, which clocks in at a whopping 720 pages. Exhibit B, Nelson Demille's forthcoming The Gate House that stands in at 688 pages. Nope kiddies, the Big Book isn't dead....
Just when it comes to the romance genre.
I'm going to be blunt, the lack of Big Books in the romance genre suits me just fine. There are readers like my Big Sis who, when finding a book over 500 pages long, thinks to herself, "Oh good, a book that will take me more than a day to read." Me? My palms begin to sweat. So yeah, I'm just not a Big Book kind of gal.
That is until I read one that is just begging for the 1970s romantic saga treatment. Posted today, over at TGTBTU, is my review of Kathryn Albright's latest Harlequin Historical western, The Rebel And The Lady. Now I love HH westerns. Adore them in fact. And I've lavished all sorts of adjective-laden praise on them over the years. But this book? It's the first time I've ever used the word "epic" to describe a book that clocks in at 288 pages. Oh sure, it's not perfect. For one thing, it's not long enough! That said, it's still really good. So good that I didn't want to wait for my End Of The Reading Month Recap to send y'all over to read my review.
Please, please, please check it out. And if you're a western lover or a historical reader who laments the rise of wallpaper historicals? Skip my review and just buy the book now. Seriously. That good. Final Grade = A-.
Note to Rosie: I think GG would really like this one.