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2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe it's just me..., December 18, 2006
This review is from: Christmas In Hawthorn Bay (Mass Market Paperback)
Since the back cover blurb is already given on this page, I'll get straight to my review:

After reading the positive reviews on this page, I expected a good read. But I was unable to get even halfway through this book. There wasn't any big glaring problems, just a bunch of little things that annoyed me.

For instance, there is very little interaction between the hero and heroine for a long time in this book. While there are some references to their past relationship, the reader has to wait forever before they even exchange a word in the present. The characters need to set sparks off of one another. That's pretty difficult to do when they're not ever in the same room!

The whole secondary storyline about the hero coming back to town to try and save his family's home was interesting, but the whole plot about the missing gold that was supposedly buried on the property? It just didn't work for me. It felt a little contrived and over-the-top.

In short, I wanted to book to focus on the relationship, and the story seemed to do anything but. All of the other themes (missing gold, a long-lost son, the town's hatred of the hero and his whole family) all seemed to overpower the romance. You may enjoy this as contemporary fiction, but for a true romance, it doesn't quite make the grade.
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