This book was a quick, fun read. It reminded me a bit of the Sookie Stackhouse books, except that I didn't like Chloe like I like Sookie. Sookie has a...moreThis book was a quick, fun read. It reminded me a bit of the Sookie Stackhouse books, except that I didn't like Chloe like I like Sookie. Sookie has a bit more kick. Anyway, the author is understandably vague about how and why magical creatures exist and how that world works. It's really a vehicle for a love story, which, frankly, is not all that well developed. Apparently, "bottle green eyes" are a reason to fall for someone.
The prose was a bit repetitive, and the author used shortcuts. One character was described as a Catherine Zeta-Jones type more than once, and another was a Julia Roberts type, again more than once. And if the author told me one more time that Hobbs women only fall in love once, I was going to start smacking the book on the back of the figurative head and saying, "Duh!"
I suggest this book for the beach. If you don't like knitting, that aspect of the book will likely get on your nerves, as she overuses what's really only a setting detail.
A day has passed since I finished this book, and I keep thinking about the characters, which tells me that this book has more staying power than I initially thought. And I see that there are two sequels....(less)
I knit, so I thought I'd try some books with knitting as a theme or part of the story. I'm not sure why I thought that would make for a good book.
I li...moreI knit, so I thought I'd try some books with knitting as a theme or part of the story. I'm not sure why I thought that would make for a good book.
I liked the setting of this book, and even though the island is a creation of the author, an amalgam of real places, it seemed real.
Which is more than I can say for most of the characters. Rebecca, the main character, had some dimension to her, but everyone else in the story seemed to exist for the sole purpose of helping Rebecca overcome trauma from her past. It's like the entire village got together to stage an intervention for someone they'd never met, and then they figured out the best way to help her, whether she liked it or not.
And then there's the love story! I don't want to spoil the book, but I still don't know why they fell in love. Unless, as Rebecca put it at one point, it's a pretty small island, and there's not much to choose from. I can't figure out why any of these people liked Rebecca. I understood her reactions, mostly because we were privy to her thoughts, but I don't see why any of the villagers wanted to help her. She seemed disagreeable most of the time. (less)