Oh my, how I loved this book! Willing broke the rules and mixed so many different genres to form The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, many of the...moreOh my, how I loved this book! Willing broke the rules and mixed so many different genres to form The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, many of them favorites of mine. It gave this book a unique feel even though many familiar devices were employed because they've rarely been employed in the same title. She also smoothly wove together timelines 200 years apart, a move I frequently find employed jarringly. I think the success was do in part to favoring the historical period rather than trying to even things up.
The historical story, while written with a nod to great authors of the era still had elements that were contemporary in feel. I'm sure those who like strict adherence to historical accuracy may find fault in such tactics, I felt it lightened things and gave an air of humor to the book. The contemporary plot, while supporting, was still well planned and interesting. I even found an air of mystery and hint of possible romance in that storyline as well. No matter the time period there were often turns of phrase that brought a grin to my face, and occasionally a chuckle.
It will take restraint on my part (aided by the fact that my local library doesn't yet have the second title in ebook format) to not jump right into the next book! That is a ringing endorsement as I try put at least a month between books by the same author so I don't tire of their writing styles. But it is fair to say that if a month passes and the next book isn't available electronically through the library I may succumb to checking out the print copy, or try to squeeze the cost of the Kindle book out of my tight budget. I can imagine myself rereading these in the future so that would be ideal.(less)
I really enjoyed this contemporary romance/chick-lit read by Alison Kent. Overall the plot was mostly believable and I enjoyed the evolution of sharin...moreI really enjoyed this contemporary romance/chick-lit read by Alison Kent. Overall the plot was mostly believable and I enjoyed the evolution of sharing that took place between Ten and Kaylie as well as that between Kaylie and Lena. The supporting characters were nicely fleshed out and I look forward to learning more about them as the series progresses. I would have enjoyed getting a bit broader view of Hope Springs as I feel settings are almost a character in and of themselves. Nevertheless, I believe I am hooked on Kent’s Hope Springs series and look forward to reading the next installment when it is released.
If you enjoy Robin Carr's Virgin River series or Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold series you will likely enjoy this Hope Springs series debut.
I received an advanced copy of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.(less)
This was a very enjoyable holiday read. Though I have to admit to enjoying the second title much more than the first. I was laughing on the inside fre...moreThis was a very enjoyable holiday read. Though I have to admit to enjoying the second title much more than the first. I was laughing on the inside frequently and had a few moments where small chuckles escaped. I just adored the chemistry and banter between Cait and Joe. It was fun and infectious. Definitely the best holiday read this year so far for me.(less)