Corinne: A Novel by Rebecca Morrow
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Women's Fiction
No. of Pages: 423
Date of US Publication: 12 July, 2022
My Rating: 3 Stars
If you asked me if I was interested in a contemporary setting, Romeo and Juliet retelling with a fundamentalist religious community, I would have probably replied with an adamant and resounding absolutely not and fully meant it, but as I started this one, I realized that I was really invested in this story and didn’t want to stop reading (I stayed awake til past 4 am because I needed to read just a little bit more).
While I had an impossible time connecting to the raised in serious religion hangups the characters possessed, I was so impressed with the beauty of Morrow’s writing and the characters of this book who are so real that they strike the reader more as people you’ve heard about or seen in an article, not fictional characters. This novel kept my interest throughout and I finished it within a 24-hour period.
There is a lot (and I mean A LOT) of fairly awkward sex, most of which seems unnecessary to the story. I have no issue with sex in stories, it can really add to a novel when done well; I found the sex in this one detracted rather than added and diminished my overall enjoyment somewhat.
eARC kindly provided by St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley. Opinions shared are mine.