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- Print Length: 318 pages
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- Publisher: Andres & Blanton; 3 edition (November 17, 2010)
- Publication Date: November 17, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009S3BEX2
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,531 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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However, it is a bit unrealistic that Maddy, having been dumped by her fiancé, Phil, would then leave Seattle and move across the country to Maine to open a B&B. At one point, Maddy clearly indicates that she doesn't plan on cooking for her guests, which is part of the point of owning a B&B. Did she not realize that? Maddy is dealing with a broken heart and some sibling rivalry (her sister, Becky, is a bit more worldly than she is). John is dealing with his wife's abandonment of their two children, Parker and Blake, who are adorable.
While the story doesn't require sex to be a good story, there is a scene that surprised me. Maddy and John, having recently started attending church again, decide on a series of "bans": behavior that they find unacceptable when they're dating. Then, one day, Maddy is taking a bath and John comes to her home to ask her something. John literally walks in on Maddy in the bath, and then stays there. He turns his back, as a gentleman would, but real Christians and real gentlemen would have left the bathroom altogether, while apologizing for the intrusion. Seriously? They're talking about how they want to wait until they're married, while one of them is naked in a bathtub?
The book also suffers from a lack of pacing. Chapters involving the renovation of Maddy's home into the B&B drag on and on. There's little drama until the end, when Maddy's ex-fiance shows up, wanting to reconcile. That she actually agrees to go out with him infuriated me. She's got a good man in John. She doesn't need closure with Phil. It's not Diana Palmer-level bad, but I've definitely read better romances.
Although sparks fly right at first glance, Maddy and John both have enough on their plates to think about love. John has the responsibility of two sons and Maddy is determined to settle in her new home and start a business.
What follows is a light love story between two people brought together by God! :)
This is my first book by S. Jane Scheyder and I cant say that I didn't enjoy her book. Cafenova caught my eye firstly because it was free on amazon at that time and also because the blurb intrigued me. I love small town love stories and if the setting is as beautiful as the Maine coast then that's an added bonus!
Although the blurb is very intriguing and promises a delicious romance, I was a bit let down by several things in this book. Firstly, the length of the story. I seriously felt that the whole story could have been wrapped up in some 150 odd pages. Secondly, the pace of the story is too slow. Things move so slowly that several times I felt like skipping pages to move ahead. Thirdly, the romance is almost zero. Maddy and John take almost half the book to get to know the starting intro about each other. In so many scenes the author left things unsaid which she took up after some 20-30 pages later. All these things could have been said and the story progressed at one place. Forthy, the message is quite strong and story preaches certain points which are noteworthy but due to the lack of synchronization in the romance, story progression and the message delivery, the book at some places feels too preachy.
At two points in the story I felt like their was a twist coming and was quite happy that now there would be some spice to this otherwise all too saccharine love story but alas at both places nothing happens! I would not give away those points but feel certain that you will know them when you read the book. The story is sweet, the characterization is good but could have been better. Maddy and John have almost no romance between them. A brief look here and there sums up their romance in the first part and brief peck on the cheek in the second part. I felt the reason for this unsatisfactory handling of romance was because the author didn't want to delve in the physical aspect of romance but she could have handled the story just as beautifully by adding more emotional response between them and introducing the reader with some scenarios depicting them.
The only characters that I felt were sketched to their true potential are John's two sons who are both sweet, charming and totally adorable. I read the story just because I didn't want to lose even one scene with these two in it. :)
All in all, a quite lengthy and very slow romantic story which you can read for the beautiful locations, the spiritual message of caring and giving and for Parker and Blake, John's adorable sons. :)
I give Cafenova a 3 out of 5. The author has the flair of writing but she needs to work on her emotional handling, length and the pacing of the book.
This review is also available on the blog Njkinny's World of Books..
I really enjoyed the characters. Maddy is quirky and, John is sweet, and the kids are adorable.
This book had all the makings of a great read.
But the writing fell short. It wasn't bad, per se, but it was very wordy with long winded and pointless word dumps. I'm usually not one to complain about the verbose, but it was rough to get through even for me. Also, the author constantly switched between character point of view. Sometimes from paragraph to paragraph even, and it was a little difficult to track who was feeling and saying what. Very distracting. I shouldn't need to reread things just to place who's voice it's in from paragraph to paragraph.
Great idea for a book but thr execution needs some help.
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