Annnd. . . what do I think so far? What a fun read. Sarah has a knack for humor and tension. Laugh one minute, cry the next--in a good way.
I wondered about the beginning, the Duke decides he needs a wife, so he arranges to pay large sums of money to Persephone's family in exchange for her marrying him. Out of the blue. Sight unseen. Without warning. Nope never met before. Someone else arranged the marriage.
Does all this hit you as awkward? Ding! Ding! Exactly why I loved the book.
Bad Verb Day
You've heard of a bad hair day, right?
You slept on it wrong.
Or curled it wrong.
Or grew it wrong.
It just turned out bad.
Well, this is just like that. Only it's verbs instead of hair.
Dull: The dirt road was beside the river.
Shiny: The dirt road swayed with each curve of the river.
Limp: She was a witch.
Curly: She stretched her crooked finger toward the cottage and blasted a curse upon all who lived there.
Thin: Falling leaves are beautiful.
Full: Red and gold leaves tumble end over end and whirl in invisible eddies.
"To be" verbs tell. When we switch them out, the sentences show.
I know--we don't want to edit out all the "to be" verbs. Shakespeare himself did shy away when they were needed.
"To be or not to be, that is the question."