This book was a wonderful read, and I recommend this to anyone who loves contemporary romance with a heavy dose of dry humor and wit mixed in with dra...moreThis book was a wonderful read, and I recommend this to anyone who loves contemporary romance with a heavy dose of dry humor and wit mixed in with drama and compassion (not just passion, though there is a fair amount of that).
Who would not want to find out what happens when a 6' 3" Grecian god Dean Robillard football player and underwear model picks up a disgruntled maiden beaver of the Colorado highway? Honestly though, I was pleasantly surprised when that the author managed to take a typical "unbeliaveably hot guy falls for moderately attractive girl" romance and make it more compelling and heartfelt. Not only was there there romance but a touching story of a broken family slowly patching things up and resolving deep seeded issues.
The only thing that let me down was the ending. NOT to say that it was not a happy ending, which it was, but it was felt unbelievably rushed (at least for me). By the end of the story the two main protagonists are just coming to grips with their own relationship issues and all of a sudden...BAMM! 20 to 30 years of relationship issues dissolve away in a fast forward type scenario. I mean I'm all for the true love conquers all, but still the whole book was a big expedition into why these two wonderful people are so messed up. Then suddenly when they face their issues right in the eyes, they realize it wasn't truly a big deal...reallY?
Even with this being said though, I got to say, I really REALLy enjoyed this book. The story itself made up for the rushed ending, and I can honestly say I can see myself reading this book again some day.(less)
So I walked aimlessly in the library and I ran into this book. It looked cute and inviting and after reading the nice summary in the back about a hous...moreSo I walked aimlessly in the library and I ran into this book. It looked cute and inviting and after reading the nice summary in the back about a house flipping and heart mending I thought, "Hm. Why not? I have free time." I mean I am not a HGTV fanatic by any stretch of the imagination, but I catch myself watching Trading Spaces with my mom once in awhile. This might be refreshing from the usual romances I've read.
In any case I was very surprised by this book. I found myself rooting for this woman who suffered through a very nasty break up right before her wedding. What other option does a girl in this situation have, but to reach out to her best friends Ben & Jerry? But after sufficient time of wallowing, she pulls herself up and does something daring. Using her great taste in interior design and her little background in construction, she pools her resources, family, and friends and sets forth on a house flipping. Honestly I thought at this point, I was going to be bored. Real estate, French doors, and hard wood paneling usually puts me to sleep, but this was actually very interesting. AND the introduction of a gorgeous master carpenter/hot divorcee Noah, made this book a real page-turner.
In the end it was a very sweet and honest romance, nothing raunchy, but definitely relatable and heart warming. Also, I must mention that, like some other reviewers, I did not realize this was Christian literature, and the little bits of religion seemed to come out of no where - slightly turning me off. I am not Christian so I could not relate to these sentiments, which left me coming in and out of my growing connection to the protagonist. Even so, I still thought the sentiments were nice, though sometimes a little overbearing. With this in mind, I would say that if you are not use to Christian mentality this book would not be as pleasant as it could be, but in the end it was still a very nice love story.(less)
This book was an assigned adolescent fiction book for my 11-year-old brother's 6th grade English class. Now as the 21-year-old sibling, you must be wo...moreThis book was an assigned adolescent fiction book for my 11-year-old brother's 6th grade English class. Now as the 21-year-old sibling, you must be wondering, why would I even entertain the idea of reading this book. Well to be honest, I was just that bored. BUT to my surprise I not only did I enjoy reading this book, I even was MOVED. I mean I physically wept, sniffled, and laughed (of course when appropriate)so often that my family ceased being surprised by my loud outbursts. To take a story of a very talented percussionist and socially awkward 13-year-old and his 5-year-old leukemia inflicted brother, and make it so much more than a survival story was impressive. The reader is able to truly see the world through the eyes of an adolescent boy, without feeling anything was sugarcoated or exaggerated. So I congratulate Jordan Sonnenblick for being able to tactfully approach the subject of cancer and its afflictions to the teenage household, while keeping the story upbeat and meaningful. (less)