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Book Title: Of Noble Birth|
The author of the book: Brenda Novak
Date of issue: December 1999
ISBN 13: 9780061098598
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 6.1
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I was really intrigued by the idea of a hero with one arm. The rest of the novel is fairly standard romance - a seamstress is mistaken for a noble woman, gets kidnapped by pirates, falls in love with pirate, and helps pirate exact his revenge. The one-armed hero should have really helped set this apart from others in the genre and given it a neat twist or flavor.
But that doesn't happen, at all. It's as if Novak wrote the book, sent it to the publisher, and they came back and said "Hey, do something to make your hero stand out." Novak thought a bit, and went in and added random descriptions of a guy with one arm. Novak doesn't actually do anything with his disability, other than occasionally mention he's got one arm. How does he wear his clothes - does he pin the sleeve up or let it dangle in the wind? She describes him climbing rope ladders several times - how does he do it? Does he use his partial arm to help balance himself or wind it in the rope while he moves his good hand to another grip? When he gets into fistfights or knife fights (which happens several times), does he move like everyone else? Can he even use his partial arm at all or does it just hang there?
And that is how this book failed - none of the issues above are ever addressed. He is literally just like every other pirate hero except he's a little easier to pick out in a crowd. Novak had a great opportunity and idea to set this book apart and give it a little depth, and she completely squanders it.
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Read information about the authorIt was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak’s bestselling author career.
“I caught my day-care provider drugging my children with cough syrup and Tylenol to get them to sleep while I was away,” Brenda says. “It was then that I decided that I needed to do something from home.”
However, writing was the last profession she expected to undertake. In fact, Brenda swears she didn’t have a creative bone in her body. In school, math and science were her best subjects, and when it came time to pick a major in college, she chose business.
Abandoning her academic scholarship to Brigham Young University at the age of 20 in order to get married and start a family, Brenda dabbled in commercial real estate, then became a loan officer.
“When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book,” Brenda admits. “I learned how to write by reading what others have written. The best advice for any would-be author: read, read, read….”
Brenda sold her first book, and the rest is history. Many of her novels have won or placed in contests such as the National Reader's Choice, the Bookseller's Best, the Write Touch, the Award of Excellence and the Beacon Award for Published Authors.
Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are the proud parents of five children—three girls and two boys. She juggles her writing career with her children’s softball and soccer games, field trips, carpool runs and homework sessions.
When she’s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fundraiser for diabetes research—an on-line auction held at her website May 1st – May 31st. Her youngest son, Thad, has diabetes, and Brenda is determined to help him and others like him. She also enjoys traveling, watching sporting events and biking--she rides an amazing 20 miles every day!
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