Saturday, March 19, 2016

Review: Stone Field by Christy Lenzi

Stone FieldTitle: Stone Field
Author: Christy Lenzi
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release Date: March 29, 2016

In a small town on the brink of the Civil War, Catrina finds a man making strange patterns in her family’s sorghum crop. He’s mad with fever, naked, and strikingly beautiful. He has no memory of who he is or what he’s done before Catrina found him in Stone Field. But that doesn’t bother Catrina because she doesn’t like thinking about the things she’s done before either.

Catrina and Stonefield fall passionately, dangerously, in love. All they want is to live with each other, in harmony with the land and away from Cat’s protective brother, the new fanatical preacher, and the neighbors who are scandalized by their relationship. But Stonefield can’t escape the truth about who he is, and the conflict tearing apart the country demands that everyone take a side before the bloodbath reaches their doorstep.

Inspired by Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, Stone Field is a passionate and atmospheric story of how violence and vengeance pervert the human spirit, and how hatred can be transcended by love.

Okay, so I will be to first to admit that historical fiction is not my go-to.  But the synopsis of this looked really good.  I absolutely adore epic love stories.  And that's what this is, right?

I was wrong.

From the very beginning there is this huge insta-love thing going on with Cat and Stonefield.  And it bugged the crap out of me.  Where was the epic romance?  I wanted to read about falling in love, not about obsessing over someone you literally just met.  Halfway through the book and it's only been a week.  The two are "madly in love" and I just... No.  

The insta-love thing aside, I found I didn't really like Catrina.  She kept saying that she wasn't selfish, but she definitely was.  Her mother died because of her selfishness.  And because of how she was in general I just couldn't find myself liking her or sympathizing with her.  

I could not get into this one.  I tried, but I failed.  If insta-love doesn't bother you and you're into historical fiction give it a shot.  But it wasn't for me.

Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Insta-love absolutely drives me insane! What a shame about this one. It sounded good. At this point, though, I just stay away from all insta-love because it never turns out to be any good.

    1. Also, I tagged you in the Dragon Loyalty Award Game:

    2. I saw! I was so close. I'll probably do it next week :)