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Count The Roses Kindle Edition
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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Adrien Merrill is 100% proud Cajun. He loves his land, cattle, crops, friends and family. He owns an old New Orleans hotel, but wishes he didn't. He should have never married his now ex-wife. Two years is long enough to mourn and regret. It's now time to begin again, but carefully. After all, aren't all women the same? The moment he meets Jennifer, all his per-conceived notions begin to fade into the background as she slowly turns his Cajun world upside down
I love Jackie Weber's beautifully descriptive writing style. With Counting the Roses, I was drawn into and immersed in Adrien's Cajun Bayou culture, even as it clashed with Jennifer's independent New York perspective. I must admit to being a bit annoyed with personality traits in both Jennifer and Adrian. However, as their guards lowered and their true personalities emerged, I liked them both. Their chemistry was always simmering, but the author left the details to my imagination. Their friends were delightful and the villains detestable. This stand-alone novel was filled with humor, angst, joy and wisdom as it ambled towards a HEA ending.
All in all this is a clean and loving novel that I can recommend to any reader.
At least that’s what it looks like to Jennifer DeWitt of mixed Lithuanian heritage, a single career woman from New York who’s been dumped just before her all-paid wedding and is looking for a place to hide away.
She comes to New Orleans to work at Merritt’s hotel as the catering manager. Adrien and Jennifer are instantly attracted to one another.
I did not like the rapid to and fro of changing POVs between Adrien and Jennifer in the beginning of the book. But Weger does manage to settle down after the initial unfortunate choices of words to describe the want and lust raging through New Orleans. Unforgettable characters such as Jean Dubois and Bertie make a strong support background to this tale of getting a second chance at love.
It is a dance Jennifer and Adrien go through before the final bout of ecstasy. At the end of her book, Weger explains her reluctance to write explicit sex for, she says, ‘you all know what’s going on.’
Yes, we do. And she’s perfectly within her right to portray her characters as she chooses. However, this reluctance is carried through in the exchanges between the lovers, which are awkward and replete with avoidance. So transitions are not smooth.
These are only small quibbles. Jennifer is a strong female protagonist who thinks she has to choose between her independence and love. But she does realize she can have both. Adrien, a broad-shouldered, raucus Acadian learns that all females are not like his first wife, even if they’re from New York. All in all, a wonderful story.
I've been to New Orleans, but never having visited the bayou country, I was enchanted with the descriptions of the locale and the people who inhabit this interesting area.
As for the main characters, Jennifer and Aiden are not glamorous jet-setters, they're complex people with hurts they're working to overcome and the author does a great job developing not only the main characters, but also the secondary ones as well. I laughed, cried, and enjoyed every minute of this read.This is the kind of book that lives with you long after your finished reading. Five stars all the way