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Following His Heart (Ocean City Boardwalk Series, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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At first, I thought this was going to be a typical romantic comedy. But, it's so much more. There's mystery, subtle paranormal, healing from past grief and loss, as well as laugh out loud humor.
Sarah is a baker / pastry chef who operates her own bakery. Landon is new to town and he steps in to help because he's a good handyman and can help with the plumbing. They have an instant connection, but can't quite figure out why it's so strong. The story follows their relationship and is primarily focused on Sarah and how she allows Landon to help heal her from her grief after her husband's death.
What I liked:
* Legitimate humor - it wasn't bawdy and crass.
* Landon was a swoon worthy hero. He had a lot to grapple with, but he was alway honorable and respectable.
* Sarah - even though I think she over-reacted in a few places, she listened to her mother and friends and grew in character and moved beyond her own self centeredness.
* Heather, Cathy, and Geneva - fantastic supporting characters. Funny, honest, true.
* Honesty - I appreciate when the author displays honesty between the characters instead of the trendy, but oh so annoying, lies / deceptions / half truths. It's refreshing to have characters tell the truth to each other!
* Quick read - it didn't bog down. It was paced well - thus resulting in a quick read.
What I didn't like as well :
* I wished I could have gotten to know Landon better. I wanted to know more about his thoughts and plans.
* my common request - epilogue. What happens next?
Finally, for what it's worth, I was excited to find recipes at the end. I thought that was a nice touch.
Romance: PG / PG-13 - some steam, but it's kept mostly off camera.
My rating: 5 stars.
I just loved the friendship between Sara, Heather, and Cathy – their banter had me laughing and you could really tell these three ladies cared deeply for one another. It was clear from their actions and from some of the stories told that they always had each other’s backs and would continue to be each other’s strength in times of need.
Landon was such an interesting character. As his story unfolds and we learn more about his past, it was hard not to fall for him even more. And Landon and Sara together has some major chemistry going on – and it extended far past the physical. I loved being able to feel the fun and friendship between the two, and then see those feeling begin to grow. Sara was a bit frustrating at times for me, and even though I could certainly understand her reaction to some things, I totally agreed with her mother - "Sara, you're going to have to get over yourself sooner or later."
Which brings me to one one of my favorite character from the book - Sara’s mother Geneva. She certainly had been dealt a bad hand, but boy did I love her outlook on life. I loved the relationship between Sara and Geneva, it was so honest and caring, and even though they may have been through some bad times together, you could tell that their mother/daughter relationship was rock solid.Read more ›
Was this the best book I have ever read? No. Was this the worst book I have ever read? No. The storyline was compelling and so were the characters, but I didn't feel like there was a lot to the story. I didn't connect with the characters at all and the storyline fell flat. For the character's I wish they would have had more personality. Sara was almost there, but not quite and Landon didn't come close. He was nice, but I really didn't feel like there was much to him. I wish the author would have really delved into their relationship a little bit more.
As far as the storyline goes it was kind of obvious what was going to happen. She tried to foreshadow a little bit, but in the end it all fell short. I liked where she wanted to take the story, but it just didn't go deep enough for me. Also, I felt like the ending was very abrupt. One minute they aren't together and the next they are and then boom its over.
Overall, it was a decent book. Will I read the rest of this series? Probably, but really only if I'm in between books from the library.
Following His Heart made me go “wow” in this regard. At its core, it is the basic romance. Girl meets boy, they take a romantic roller coaster ride fluctuating between, if not love and hate, at least dislike and like a whole bunch, then the happily-ever-after ending. There are minor characters that act as confidants and comedic foils for the heroine and hero, while giving the story more depth. (Primarily the heroine’s disabled mother, plus her best friends, Heather and Cathy.)
But the twists, what set this story apart from a typical romance, is a strange turn the story takes that I’ve described as a combination of a little supernatural and horror-lite, although I’d be quick to say that romance readers who don’t normally gravitate to these genres shouldn’t find this too much of a departure from the norm to be objectionable. I found it thought-provoking in ways I’d have never anticipated.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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I recently bought and read this book, which I enjoyed tremendously. I was happy to see that book 2 in this series was already available and I write that as well! Great job, Ms. Read morePublished 2 months ago by cleemc
wow! Awesome book! Loved the characters! It made you feel like you were on the beach the whole time. Can't wait to read the next book!!Published 3 months ago by Janet D. Smith
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A young widow, resigned to being alone for life finds that her life is not over after all. A stranger comes to the tourist town of Ocean City Maryland and her outlook changes. Read morePublished 5 months ago by M31749
Really enjoyed it, since I live near Ocean City and recognize some of the landmark that are mentioned.Published 10 months ago by Denise
Loved the Ocean City MD setting but the book did not keep me interested.Published 10 months ago by La in pa
Once he made himself clear how he felt, everyone knew and felt the same. I would recommend this book to everyone.Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
I know the areas the author is talking about, and I think that added a little more to my enjoyment of the book. I loved it, read it all at one sitting. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kindle Customer