The Heiress and the Hothead
If I were being charitable, I would blame the length of the story for the D grade. Is seventy-five pages enough, I ask, to introduce two characters and their assorted relatives-with-books, reveal their political ideologies and practices, establish conflict stemming from said ideologies and practices as well as geographical differences, craft a believable romance, and escape from a burning mill about to crash on your head? Well, I’m not the author; I’m just the critic. And as an uncharitable critic I’ll say that, sure, seventy-five pages is enough. In theory. But it sure as hell wasn’t enough here.