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Well-written, but Plot Fair
on January 5, 2014
Annabel is desperate. Her brother, Hugh, is letting the family brewery go to rack and ruin. The brewery is their livelihood. She must do something! She needs help and she has devised a plan to open up another line of trade with a larger brewery. The larger brewery would benefit, also, but it is risky.
Annabel has left her small town of Burton to approach a woman-ownd brewery, thinking she would be more open-minded to Annabel as a woman in a man's world. However, when she arrives in London, she finds Jarrett, her grandson, temporarily taking his grandmother's place, and he is not open to any risky schemes that would involve his family's income.
To be fair, this book is entirely about two themes that bore me no end: gambling and illegitimacy. Gambling scenes to me are slow and tedious and the issue of bastardy just turns me off. Neither plot device gives me the satisfaction of a swiftly moving, interesting storyline. Ordinarily, I would not have picked this book up, but it is part of a series that I have already started, and it is by Sabrina Jefferies. The book does move the series questions along, but does not answer them.
Ms. Jefferies tells this story with her trademark humor and deft hand with romance. The dialogue is well-done, as is usual for this author. The story is well-written, just slow. However, if you like stories with gambling and illegitimacy issues, you might find this book more interesting than I did.