He saw her instantly; she sat alone at a table near the fire, the flames flushing her face. She wore a silver blouse and black skirt, and her dark riot of hair was for the moment pulled severely back. His memory had not exaggerated – she was heart-stoppingly beautiful.Is it just me, or does it seem like all the women in novels these days are always "heart-stoppingly beautiful"? Wouldn't you think at least one of these writers could come up with a character who was just slightly overweight or had a crooked nose or big ears, or at least a bad haircut once in a while?
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