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Furthermore, all the antagonism between Elizabeth and her cousin, Sheriff Bill Collins, is never fully explained and again we are given little teases about what all that entails. So what goes on between them? Why is he so bent on making a scene about two consenting adults going for a swim in their skivvies?
Debbie B. gives a good review. I agree in what she says about Elizabeth running hot and cold. Even in her relationship with her father she seems to not place any trust with his business decisions and just about throws a hissy fit with some of the plans he has made to protect the future of the Veterinarian Clinic he has established and in which Elizabeth is now his partner. Elizabeth’s reaction to Darcy’s plan to make the clinic run on a more profitable basis is also overdone. “Boy, what got her dander up?” is an easily understood emotion, even by the reader. Elizabeth is supposed to be a well educated sensible adult but acts immature in her responses to various people in this story.
While the author plays up the sexual chemistry between the couple that goes nowhere in this story so the books does not offend any sensibilities.
We meet Shar Bingley’s and Georgiana Darcy’s dogs and each has a role to play even if it is to throw Elizabeth off kilter in her eavesdropping.
There were many good ideas with plot in this book but I think the author could have filled in some of the details and even at the end given us a little more sustenance.
April's Jane was awesome.
Even though Caroline bingley had a very limited part to play, it fit the character that is usually assigned to her.
I love the many scenes involving the animals that Lizzy and Georgie treat and the hyperactive labrador puppy Augie that Lizzy is taking care of for her friend Shar. Readers who enjoy lots of time spent between Darcy and Elizabeth will find that's true here, since circumstances arise that have Darcy spending more time in the clinic than originally planned. The two enjoy a number of tender moments.
The writing itself is quite good. Dialogue all sounds natural, and the sentences flow nicely. I don't note major editing errors. Speaking as a reader, though, it's hard to enjoy a book when the heroine is so darn unlikeable.
Unfortunately, the way Lizzy runs hot and cold becomes confusing and honestly annoying. She resents Darcy for intruding in her world, she doesn't want to let him into her heart again for fear he'll hurt her again, and she doesn't believe in mixing business relations with personal relations (despite the fact that she's in business with her FATHER). However, the first day of their reacquaintance, she brings Darcy to her favorite lake, strips to her underwear, and goes for a swim, daring him to follow her. (What??!!) They come close to making love several times, either at her instigation or full cooperation, despite all her introspection about how she doesn't want anything to do with him. I suppose their magnetic attraction to each other is supposed to be the explanation, but the constant see-saw back and forth in her thoughts and behavior feels forced and overwritten.
In general, there is a lot of "telling" rather than "showing." Readers learn what the characters are thinking in minute detail as well as their motivation for just about everything they do.
I would have appreciated some explanation for why Lizzy treats Billy Collins (the handsome local sheriff) with disdain whenever he enters the story. He doesn't seem that bad, really- I just have the impression he messes with her because she's always so rude to him. There's a plot thread where Billy and another character appear to be attracted to each other (which isn't fully developed). Lizzy keeps telling him to back off and leave the girl alone when it really isn't any of her business.
The biggest problem with this book is that I just don't "get" Lizzy. She may be wonderful with animals, but she doesn't strike me as being very good with people. I've already mentioned her curious dislike for Billy. She warns Jane (her sister) not to trust her boyfriend; Lizzy believes Darcy told him Jane wasn't a suitable match. Wouldn't it have made more sense for Lizzy to warn her not to trust DARCY? Generally speaking, the obstacles between Lizzy and Darcy tend to be created in Lizzy's mind. She picks fights with Darcy over nothing. For example, she goes into a tizzy because Darcy, her father's financial partner and an expert in business, dares to make what seem like reasonable suggestions about how to make the clinic more profitable. She also feels upset when Caroline Bingley hangs all over Darcy even though it's obvious, even to Lizzy, that he's not interested, and Lizzy has spent the entire day avoiding him anyway.
The book has a few elements to admire, but I can't recommend it when I dislike the heroine so much. Everyone loves an independent-minded, feisty Elizabeth; this Lizzy is wishy-washy and as prickly as a porcupine.