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About the Author
- Publication date : October 17, 2020
- File size : 2927 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Bella Books (October 17, 2020)
- Print length : 165 pages
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B08LCJX9TZ
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,002,743 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is a decent read. The cover and the blurb make you think that goats will be big players in this story but truthfully, they only play a minor role, one scene really. Margaret’s mother Carol’s goat milk cheese plays a bigger part than the goats themselves do. This is a simple romance with no real angst, no deep emotions of any kind but that’s ok… there are some laughs and decent characters though. Margaret is a bit of a regimented ice princess at first and Sara is softer but equally determined in her goals. Margaret’s mother is a hoot and a half and there is an adorable dog whose name causes more than a little funny confusion. I liked watching Margaret relax and let her true personality shine through as the women get to know and develop feelings for each other. This is the first thing I have read by either author and, even though Ms Abbott is no longer with us, I am looking forward to reading the books they both have out.
Short of one particular scene which had me howling with laughter for a couple of minutes, I didn’t really experience any emotions whilst reading this, either positive or negative.
The book certainly isn’t terrible, it’s very well written, in an impressively seamless manner considering it’s written by two authors, but it lacks something quite significant - emotion. The main characters have feelings about their pasts, but never really openly express them, and when they do, it just doesn’t land with this particular reader. They also don’t really appear to have strong emotional responses to each other.
The storyline itself is also amiable. There’s barely any angst which isn’t in itself a bad thing, but when there is some, it’s either resolved and swept away quickly, or doesn’t add any fervour to the situation, which left me feeling somewhat disconnected from the MCs and the storyline. I think the character I connected with the most might have been the dog.
I think it’s highly likely others will feel differently to me about this book. It is at its heart a sweet romance, a story of finding home and a perfectly pleasant way to pass a few hours.
I received an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Margaret Winters was brought up by a single mother who likes to move around a lot. Because of this she’d never had what most of us would call a real home. But now she’s where she wants to be, in Seattle Washington working for the city as the Director of Neighborhood Development. And now she’s working on moving a new company into the downtown core. She has an assistant Jeremy, who she thinks is trying to sabotage her work hoping to get a promotion for himself. Her neighbor Mrs Stein had at one time told her how her late husband always gave her flowers every Friday so Margaret takes it upon herself to continue the tradition. Now she’s about to meet her match.
Sara Chandler, like Margaret, has lived all over the world following her parents from one project for the Peace Corps to another. But just a few years ago they finally settled down in Washington buying a small farm house. Sara continued working around the globe helping people set up self sustaining community gardens. And she’s about to make that come true for the people in downtown Seattle so she submitted a proposal for acquiring the land to do just that. Problem is it’s the same location that Margaret wants.
Ms Abbott and Ms Robinson have given us a thoroughly enjoyable read. Both characters are well developed along with a supporting cast that makes for a fast, fun read.
ARC via Netgalley/ Bella Books
“[Un]Common Ground” was an okay story for me. For it to be primarily a romance, I didn’t actually feel the romance in it. I didn’t really connect with either character and I didn’t feel the connection or spark between the characters. It seems a lot of their relationship must have happened off page because what was there was not enough to convince me they would even like each other?
I will say it did have some funny moments. Especially in scenes with the main character’s mothers. And the dog Dusty brought in some very cute moments.
I think people looking for very low angst and just a light, funny read will enjoy this more than me.