As lovely as the illustrations and the sweet narrative of this book is, the depiction of Australian months and seasons were out of wack for me. ThoughAs lovely as the illustrations and the sweet narrative of this book is, the depiction of Australian months and seasons were out of wack for me. Though January and February were fine, I was perplexed by the leaves turning red and falling in March and the snow in July. Unless you live in the Snowy mountains, this is an Australian year few of us could identify with. I felt as though an US/Canadian/European seasons book was flipped to the Southern hemisphere rather than depicting what Australia is really like. ...more
The Wrong Brother by Maureen Child: I enjoyed the tone of this book, the story was OK and the relationships were erealistic and well-drawn. For a shorThe Wrong Brother by Maureen Child: I enjoyed the tone of this book, the story was OK and the relationships were erealistic and well-drawn. For a short book the secondary characters were well drawn too which is an aspect of Maureen Child's writing I have always enjoyed. However, minor details in this book annoyed me such as the hero "striding" and "stalking" everywhere, the lack of condom/sexual health discussion which is a norm in contemporary fiction and the lack of one is a sign of irresponsible adults IMO, and where I was teetering between a 2 or 3 star rating the 5th paragraph from the end solidly confirmed a 2 star for me *spoiler*
Where the female protagonist in her happiness says " rain? What rain? All I can see is sunshine and rainbows". Groan! Without this 1 trite sentence I would be going for a 2.5...more
This book had me crying my eyes out. Gabriella walks out on Stephen on the day of their wedding. She runs off to Italy where her childhood friend meetThis book had me crying my eyes out. Gabriella walks out on Stephen on the day of their wedding. She runs off to Italy where her childhood friend meets her quickly followed by Stephen who wants to know her reasons for leaving him at the altar. Gabriella's reasons are heartwrenching and the hurt that Stephen feels at her rejection is palpable yet he is strong, loving and knows that he cannot heal her. Bravo. Wonderful book. My only reason for four rather than five stars was that the "angry" in the book didn't resonate for me. Yes, there was anger but the word was overused and I ended up ignoring the word as I read. This did not change the impact of the story for me at all.
PS the edition I read had a laughing couple on the cover (not listed on Goodreads). This showed to me how cover designers are not briefed properly and possibly the lack of interest/understanding from the publishing team doing the broefing....more
I enjoyed the majority of this emotional see-saw book. The protagonists were secretly married years ago as they wanted to surprise their family with tI enjoyed the majority of this emotional see-saw book. The protagonists were secretly married years ago as they wanted to surprise their family with their union but broke up before they got to tel them. 3 years later they find themselves at a family reunion and constantly hurting each other though their emotional connection shows through constantly. *spoiler alert*
Their issue had been whether Alys followed Rand to his work. She refused to give up her new company for him. The end does bring him to a compromise which would have resulted in a great ending for the book but Alys decides she'll throw in the towel and be a homemaker instead which tainted the book for me but mught work for a much more traditionalist readership. There were religious undertones in the story as well as a priest and other religious symbols who served as a moral reminder. I felt this was woven well into the story and the characters and was not didactic or preachy. Religion was treated in the same way it may take part in a general fiction story rather than inspirational romance. Overall an OK read....more
The male protagonist in this book is described as hawt just like Burt Reynolds. Then add alphabrute, angsty melodrama rich girl becomes poor and poorThe male protagonist in this book is described as hawt just like Burt Reynolds. Then add alphabrute, angsty melodrama rich girl becomes poor and poor boy becomes rich, buys her old homestead, tortures her for breaking up with him, makes a generalised racist comment about the role his Asian mistress plays and it all escalates into jealous temper tantrums and chest-beating. Unfortunately, the two protaganists do connect in this dysfunctional romance. Horrid HEA life ahead of them....more