- File Size: 711 KB
- Print Length: 325 pages
- Publication Date: October 25, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00G7RQCCK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,056,566 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is one of those feel good, uplifting romance reads. rather clean but nice anyway. I love the mixed narrative, helps you understand both characters motivations and feelings. Really smooth pace that wasn't rushed our too slow, just right. Great storytelling and engaging plot line, I loved all the supporting cast as well. Ms. Falin is one to watch for sure!
*Disclosure- I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
This is not the typical angsty romance where the main people involved hate each others guts on sight and yet are so physically drawn to each other they practically get busy right there on isle five when they bump into each other at the grocery store.
This is a sweet tale of life, starting over even when you think all is lost and finding romance, true romance, along the way. The characters in this book actually fall in love, not lust. They face everyday worries and some that aren't everyday. They face the issues of blending two families together.
There is such a warm sense of family in this book, it made me wish I had one of those big close families.
There is no wild danger throwing together the love interests, no diabolical ex bent on killing one of them, no gangsters, after them. Instead they must face the real life dangers of hurtful pasts that still shadow their emotions, the struggle to make enough money, and other such real-life demons.
This was a joy to read. I enjoyed getting to 'see' West Virginia through the eyes of this book. I enjoyed getting to spend a moment in time surrounded by loyal friends and a large, close-knit family. I enjoyed watching the family grow in unexpected ways. This is a story I will return to again just visit all of that again and one I was sorry to see end.
Cheyenne moves to West Virginia after her failed marriage with her four kids. She has always loved it there even from a young age to visit family. Starting new with her family, she slowly starts fresh and meets Willy, her cousin's friend.
This is an actual love story that grows over a period of time. There were some crazy unexpected things that happened that I totally didn't see coming. This was a really great story about big families coming together without any real crazy drama.
My only real complaint would be that Shy has had four kids, all accidental. At some point I feel like she should learn how to use birth control.
The book had many similarities with all other novels written by Chelsea. Large families, teenagers who willingly take much responsibilities for their tender age, young parents who are ever so excited to have as many as kids they would be blessed with irrespective of their income, all had their fare share in this book. The story being set in the country side and being lead by strong men and helpful women made me realize my favorite stories in childhood "Little House on the Prairie" by Laura Ingalls. It is always soothing to come across family stories like this.
Somehow, I always felt that the story belongs to an era of 80's or 90's rather than in the millennium because I used to read modern day tales set up in sophisticated cities with stylish women and men with white color jobs unlike the story here. Hence, this one being soothing and different was a good break for me after reading a chain of books which belong to the bustling cities and noise.
Being born and brought up in a totally different culture, I was amazed to know how easily a young woman with kids could move on after a divorce and how lovingly and respectfully she was accepted by the society and family. I couldn't stop falling in love with all the people Cheyenne met in West Virginia and appreciate for being such understanding and helpful. In fact, the characters sound too good to be true and sometimes even made the story look little unrealistic. For example, they all were quite ok with having so many kids despite the shortcomings in their income and also Cheyenne and Will were too selfless to be caring someone else's children as their own without a single complaint or a sigh.
In my view, story lacked plot twists. It sure was full of surprising turn of events, but unfortunately they were not properly emphasized. An incident like unexpected pregnancy or an accident or a family dispute, they all were meant to be just few paragraphs or pages and were unsuccessful to build the tension of the situation and appropriate effects on the reader's feelings. May be it's because the book was having too many events and too many characters that none has enough time to develop into a major one. Even Cheyenne, the protagonist's character had almost same joys and worries as the other characters so her life story didn't stand out well or was unique from others'.
The events to occur next were quite predictable hence the story lacked the charm in triggering the curiosity of me. It mostly portrayed the daily life of few struggling young people. At times the details were too much and painfully slow that I really had to push myself through the pages. In other times the story was too fast paced that there wasn't enough time to settle in that incident and take in what's happening. Problems were shot with the answers tailed so there was no time to even ponder over the difficult situations.
However, I noticed that the writing style of the author and the quality of the story has improved a lot. The incidents were well connected to make a smooth flow and there were hardly any typos or grammar mistakes. Starting and the epilogue were well written. Even David's character was nicely developed for all of us readers to hate him and his sinful behavior. All in all it's a good and light read therefore I rate this 4 stars. The book would be suitable for anybody who love to read family stories set up in country side.
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