Destinies by Karleene Morrow
This book is historical fiction, and is set in Russia and Germany in the 1700s, during the reign of Catherine the Great. Now if you like historical fiction, and are looking for a good long one to cuddle up with for the winter, this is your book. But please make note, and make the distinction between historical fiction and historical romance. They are two different animals. And this book is historical fiction.
That having been said, I’m not a big fan of historical fiction. I have the utmost respect for writers who write it, because they are limited story-wise by the actual facts of recorded history. As far as historical fiction goes, I think that this is a well written one. But it is also a long one. It is some 800 plus pages long.
On to my opinion of the book:
I didn't care for it. Now, let me tell you why:
First, I’m not really a fan of historical fiction. And especially not this one. I mean, we all know where the poor people of Russia and Germany back then end up. And it’s not a pleasant fate.
Second, I don’t care for books this long. Any book over 500 pages is too long. And a book that has 800 pages should have been cut into two different books.
Third, the author lost me through three specific incidents in the book. They bothered me so that I didn't even bother to finish the book. You see, in the book, there are these German natives who are going to immigrate to Russia to take advantage of a free land offer that Katherine makes. So there is this one character, a teenager, who has this horse he loves; and he has to leave his beloved horse behind. This is sad, and I didn't care for that part. Next, there are these two families who are very close, and who are both going to Russia. One of the families get on the boat, and the other misses it by seconds. This is a terribly depressing scene in the book. Then, as the boat is going down the river, they pick up a family off of a raft. The family consists of father, mother, kids, and grandfather. When they get to the bigger boat, the grandfather is forced to stay behind because he is too old. And the author makes the point of saying that the grandfather dies soon after the family leaves for Russia.
Well, that is when I quit reading. And that is when I noticed for the first time, how long the book was. I flipped through it, and checked out the ending a bit. Then I moved on to another book.
So that gives you an idea of what the book is about. If you like long, historical fiction and don’t mind sad parts in your book - then this book might be for you. But if the things I didn't like would bother you, pick up another book.