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Hale Maree Paperback – November 2, 2012
About the Author
Misty Provencher is a long-term wife, mama, and author. The first two are a bit more recent, but Provencher's writing roots date back to the hieroglyphics she left in her mother's womb. While Provencher can ride a motorcycle, knows how to Karate chop, and has learned enough French, Spanish, and Sign Language to get herself slapped, Misty's life is actually just the ruse she uses to connect with people. She is totally enchanted with them and spends her days trying to translate the soul bouquets of her muses into words. Misty Provencher lives in the Mitten. Knock on her internet blog door at: Misty Provencher's Books, http://mistypro.blogspot.com/ or find her on Facebook and Twitter as Misty Provencher. Misty Provencher can be found at her Nothing Cannot Happen Today blog, on Twitter, Facebook, and through email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Top Customer Reviews
The Verdict: Hale is pretty easy to like right off the bat. She's just a normal teenage girl, barely an adult and still entirely dependent on her less than reliable father. They scrape by and often do without, but she pushes on, determined to make a better life for herself someday. Her father, however, has other plans for her.
When her dad and his old friend Mr. Maree get caught up in an accidental but prison-worthy crime, they're bound by a terrible secret and the need to make sure neither one of them talks. After a few too many drinks, they hatch a plan to marry Hale off to Mr. Maree's son Oscar, tying their families together in a way that ensures that if one takes the fall, the other's going with him. It's desperate and rather foolish, and it certainly doesn't take into account the feelings of their children, but when Hale's dad throws her out with only a few bags of belongings and no money, she has no choice but to go with Oscar until she comes up with a new plan.
I was honestly surprised by how much I enjoyed the story. There are so many aspects of it that I can't get my head around, but at the same time, Oscar was a pretty good guy, Hale was a rather lost and understandably naive girl, and in the end they were a really cute couple. Hale was that much more likeable for the way she fought the arrangement, not only staunchly refusing and arguing that she was not to be traded off like livestock, but actually making a run for it and fighting to get away when Oscar seemed to be on board with the harebrained plan. And while Oscar was clearly a hormone-ridden twenty-something who was very, very distracted by the consummation aspect of marriage, he was also kind to Hale and wanted her to genuinely want a relationship with him.
I didn't like the way Oscar was so pushy with her, though. Sure, he's a young man, and he's got sex on the brain 24/7, but when he figured out just how inexperienced Hale was, he didn't really back off. Instead, it seemed like he was more interested in talking her into bed than letting her determine the pace, and while that may be no different than plenty of other guys trying to get into their girlfriends' pants, it was rather off-putting. Hale was in one hell of a bad situation, with a drunk of a father who kicked her out and few options that would keep a roof over her head. I would have liked to see Oscar put his own sexual interests aside and be a bit more understanding of the uprooted girl he was looking out for. After all, he was a great looking guy, and they seemed to get along rather quickly; it was only a matter of time before her own hormones and romantic notions led to exactly what he wanted.
In reading the story, though, the arranged marriage thing didn't seem like such an unbelievable deal after all. Instead, the primary situation was simply that Hale was suddenly homeless, and Oscar took her in. Of course, he still believed in his father's idiotic scheme to patch the whole mess up with a marriage certificate, but that ended up feeling secondary to Oscar's attempts to develop a genuine relationship with Hale. Hale's sense of betrayal, hopelessness, and typical teenage hormones and insecurities played a big role in not only the story, but in making her decisions believable, even in their crazy situation. In the end, I still wanted to throttle both their fathers, and I would have been happy to see these two kids take slower steps in the direction of forever, but the happily ever after made sense for the foolhardy romantics that Hale and Oscar turned out to be.
I am currently sitting here at 2am in the morning writing this review because honestly plain and simple it deserves it.
This book is completely different to your 'normal' love story. I love the way this book is written and yes after you read this you WILL have another book boyfriend to add to your lists ;)
Oscar is the complete package but the way he has so much patience and understanding for Hale it just makes you melt even more.
Congratulations Misty, he really is drool worthy in every way <3
while i admit the idea is not foreign to me there are not many books discussing the situation. furthermore, here the characters have no say whatsoever.
the story was well written, and the pace was good as well. Hale's reactions were believable most of the time and the relationship developed quite fast but still in a steady rythem.
Misty Provencher created a tolerante, honest, completely hot guy in Oscar. and Hale was a honest, sensetive and charming heroine. I loved them both, and enjoyed how their feelings became more genuine over such a short period of time. it was a short time, yet they understood each other, they cared, they learned- and putting them together in a more or less isolated enviroment did the trick.
Even so, I admitt Oscar's acceptance of the whole marriage thing was kind of hard to digest, while I really liked Hale's reactions to the idea. more importantly, while this was quite a cinderella story- poor girl, rich guy- Oscar's wealth didn't affect Hale's reaction to him for better or worse, and she fell for him for the person he was with her. One of my favourie scenes was when the group went shopping, and Hale used the money Oscar gave her to buy him presents instead of things for herself.
Another favourite scene was when Oscar and Hale were discussing their expectations from the marriage, and Hale said she wanted Oscar to adore and admire her. that he would come running when she called him, that he would think he was lucky to have her even when she gained ten pounds or turned his shirts pink. and Oscar reaction to it was great. It touched me deeply.
Yet, In matters of writing I think Mercy, A Gargoyle Story (also by Misty Provencher) was far superior in matters of beautiful writing. don't get me wrong, Misty Provencher writes beautifully. but in Mercy the writing is more lyrical and fairy-tale like.
Also, I found Hale Maree companion novel, Full Of Grace to be more rounded in the character and relationship development even though less original (although she still managed to explore an ancient plotline through new eyes).
Anyway, I'd definetly keep a close eye on Misty Provencher development as an author. and I warmly recommand you read her books. ;)