I loved this book, despite its perfectly corny ending. (I kind of like corny endings, though, so I was pleased).
First of all, the beginning was great...moreI loved this book, despite its perfectly corny ending. (I kind of like corny endings, though, so I was pleased).
First of all, the beginning was great. It really hooked me in and made me want to keep reading, plus it was laced with my kind of humor. We really dive straight into the story without getting huge info-drops or long-winded background stories.
I ADORE Rachel. She is one of my favorite heroines. The way she stood up for Johnny made me want to give her a hug. She was strong, but also kind and loving and affectionate. And don't get me started on Johnny. Could he be any sexier? And on top of that, he's a really great guy who truly loves Rachel with all his heart. He's also really good with kids, which is something I always like in a guy. Plus, while he was all macho and everything, he was still vulnerable and actually showed his emotions, which is something I don't see much in romance novels.
I remember one scene where Rachel said Johnny wouldn't like her anymore if she were fat, and he said he still would and that, in fact, she'd be cute fat, like a little "dumpling," I think he said. I don't know about everyone else, but I thought that was soo sweet!
As for the murderer...I figured out who it was pretty early on, but I was never CERTAIN who it was, so it wasn't too disheartening.
The only other character I really liked was Glenda, one of Johnny's old friends. She was really kind and caring and a great mother. Rachel's mother and sister weren't exactly well developed, but they were still interesting all the same.
I also really liked how Rachel defended herself against the killer, managing to escape on her own (she's no damsel in distress, thank God, I'm getting tired of that theme).(less)
This is a cute book with pretty good characters. What made it for me, though, was the humor, which was fantastic.
The beginning, with Susannah buying...moreThis is a cute book with pretty good characters. What made it for me, though, was the humor, which was fantastic.
The beginning, with Susannah buying Ian as a slave was interesting (annoying, the way she tried to lead him around on a leash, but she became nice pretty quick). I found it irritating how she wouldn't believe a word out of his mouth. In fact, I hated Susannah. I liked Ian a lot though, and wished he would have had the sense to dump her and get with someone actually worthy of him. She insulted him at nearly every turn, and was basically awful and beyond snappish, but she didn't become this way until the end--she got progressively meaner and more idiotic.
The middle of the novel, with Ian learning how to work on a farm was funny and endearing. He was so cute, trying to get eggs from the chicken coop and then running away in terror. I just wish the end wasn't so...ridiculous.(less)