The mark of a good book is to be disappointed when it's over--not because the story didn't wrap up in satisfactory way, but I would have enjoyed moreThe mark of a good book is to be disappointed when it's over--not because the story didn't wrap up in satisfactory way, but I would have enjoyed more time with all the characters. I know Nora Roberts almost never revisits the characters in her single title books, but I wouldn't mind it if Shelby's brother Forrest got a story of his own.
My only quibble might have been that I wish the timeline had been drawn out a bit more, to give the leads some downtime in which to enjoy dating but it's really a quibble more than a criticism....more
Another relatively solid read from this author, which makes me happy. A new romance author to track :)
The plot tends to trend towards the melodramtic,Another relatively solid read from this author, which makes me happy. A new romance author to track :)
The plot tends to trend towards the melodramtic, which I'm not a huge fan of, but it's bearable since I liked Dillie so much.
That being said, there are two things I wish hadn't happened, that I honestly think detracted from the character development. There be fairly explicit spoilers ahead :P
1. After mostly settling the topic of marriage, Dillie leaves the inn room for serveral minutes only to return to find a maid with her dress laces undone and Ian's arms around her. (The maid is looking for a tumble, Ian's resisting). I don't entirely blame Dillie for her knee jerk reaction and to her credit, after the argument, she thinks about it rationally and is going to apologize to him.
Then she overhears a conversation with the maid and her employer, who is castigating her for trying to create mischief with Ian's fiancee (Dillie). Now Dillie has confirmation that Ian wasn't trifling with the maid.
Yes, she was going downstairs to apologize whih meant she believed him. As readers, we already knew the truth. I would have preferred Dillie soldier on with her faith in Ian restored because she knew better, not because she's had it backed up by eavesdropping.
It just robs a bit of the emotional connection and leap Dillie had to make to get there.
2. At the end of the book, Ian learns that he was not responsible for the death of his elder brother. When he was four and the brother six, they both fell through the ice. The brother did and his family has never forgiven him. Ian believed his brother came to fetch him from the ice and has always had himself responsible. Tragic, but understandable.
Then at the end the book, after he's struggled to forgive himself and move on, he learns that James went out on the ice to fetch his mother's dog and Ian followed him.
By absolving Ian of the guilt (that really exists in his head) and putting the blame elsewhere, it negates the character growth the author has spent more than a hundred pages developing. It bothered me.
I wasn't entirely sure how I felt about this story after I finished it. I found myself rolling my eyes a few times during the story (possibly during tI wasn't entirely sure how I felt about this story after I finished it. I found myself rolling my eyes a few times during the story (possibly during the seventh or so time Jasper knocks Lily over to bring her into physical contact with Ewan) and I thought Ewan's protestations about marrying Lily rang false, but I understand the author needed a bit of an obstacle to keep them apart. I also thought the grandfather was a bit two-dimensional and that his redemption at the end didn't feel quite right.
And yet, I finished the book last night and immediately bought the next book in the series today. It was not the most amazing book I've ever read, but I enjoyed it. The story was engaging enough to see how it ended. I liked Lily and her obsession with baboons. I thought Ewan was fun, even if his sister cried too much.
It looks as though this is the author's debut book. The small details that kept me from rating it higher will likely iron themselves out as she writes more. I liked this book, and I liked the next one. I'll be making a note for the release of the third :)...more