Victoria writes in looking for a book that she admits sounds like it’s awful:
I was wondering if the bitchery could help me find a book I tried to read
when I was younger, maybe fourteenish, so about 2004/2005. It was quite
possibly the worst book ever, but it has stuck in my memory and I want to
find it again out of some twisted sense of nostalgia.
First things first, my name is Victoria. I got really excited about this
book because the heroine’s name is Victoria. I had high hopes in my young,
idealistic heart. Within the first chapter, though, we learn that Victoria
is completely illiterate (ACTUALLY, as in, SHE CANNOT READ). This is an
historical, Regency era I think, so it’s semi-possibly-maybe
understandable, but COME ON! She was of the [gentry], they all learned how
to at least read back then.
Anyway, I think maybe the hero was a friend of
her father’s, who was trying to teach her to read (?), or something, and
had the dad’s permission to discipline Victoria as he saw fit. Also in the
first chapter, I think, he takes her over his knee as punishment for being
stupid. At this point, I threw the book down in disgust. I know it’s not
much to go on, seeing how I only read about twenty pages of the thing. If
anyone has any clue about author or title or anything, I’d be much obliged.
I don’t know that much about literacy rates in the back then days of yore (better known as The Regency) but I do know that physical assault is a crapful way to motivate education. Anyone remember this book?