A review by ablaine
A Curious Beginning, by Deanna Raybourn

adventurous lighthearted mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


A light read I picked up for a break from heavier book covering challenging subject. The audiobook was delightful. I found I could keep up with the story even if I accidentally tuned out because major plot points were restated often. That may be a drawback for someone who dislikes repetition or reader hand-holding. I found the characters charming and plan to read the next book in the series. An important criticism to raise is that diverse characters are portrayed as “exotic” sexual exploits, which is not cool. This story definitely romanticizes British colonization.

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