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- Publication date : August 6, 2019
- File size : 1763 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 308 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07RL4W33V
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #66,352 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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All main characters are flawed and redeem themselves in the end. A few secondary characters are genuinely good from start to finish. However, Amelia Kingsley is toxic. Thankfully there is an HEA, two in a way.
I love Nichols' writing style and there are few grammatical errors. This book is clean, which is important to me.
Although Simon and Mina's children's ages are unknown, a continuing saga would be interesting. Mina remains my favorite character.
Eloise and her childhood friend/sweetheart, Patrick DO meet again, as the blurb says. He harshly pushed her away in a time of personal tragedy and then apparently avoided everyone for six years. We have two chapters of covering their reunion meeting, privy to both of their internal monologues, which are what you would expect. And we meet the h's mother, an unemotional and unlikable person. She and the H's mother are lifelong friends, and the H's mother defends her to the h, telling her that her mother was not always so and there are reasons for the way she is. What reasons? Don't worry; you will find out!
BECAUSE -- believe it or not we come to Chapter Three: a flashback to the h's MOTHER at age 7; Chapter Five is a flashback to the h's mother at age 11! The flashbacks to the mother's life continue every second or third chapter up to and including Chapter 25. The epilogue is even about the mother.
This isn't the story I expected or wanted to read. I suppose it was meant to be clever. I quit long before the end of the book, after I checked the chapter headings and found out the whole darn thing was a mess of flashbacks (about the h's mother!) which I hate almost as much as I hate cutesy literary gimmicks. If you are a person who likes this sort of thing, have at it. My copy went back to Kindle Unlimited the same day I got it.
That being said, I actually enjoyed the mother’s story much more than the daughter’s (heroine) and the hero. She had a much more complex background, more life experience, plus had fallen in love, had her choices almost destroy that love and her family and was faced with having to decide if she was going to cling to her fears or change for the people she loved. It was compelling, and her husband’s small portion only enriched it. I think these two could have been their own book, especially if her childhood history had been included the way it was.
The two who were technically the hero and the heroine, the daughter and her childhood sweetheart got their story cut short because of the focus on the mother, but that being said, their story wasn’t that interesting. It would have been if it had been told when the hero was dealing with the depths of his despair over his guilt for his brother’s death, and the heroine’s heartbreak, but the story starts AFTER he’s made his “recovery” from alcoholism and is seeking to reunite with the heroine. She forgives him almost immediately then proceeds to be super immature, but I never questioned that they’d end up together, and when their relationship and growth is juxtaposed against the mother’s, it makes them seem pretty trivial. So I could have done without them. Bring on the romance of the middle-aged married people, I don’t think readers need youth to draw us in.
As it was, I think the ending did seem rushed. Again, if the story had been limited to the mother and her husband, there would have been time for a more gradual change for the ending that would have felt more realistic.
Finally, I read this at the wrong time. It’s a rather heavy, somewhat dark story (not dark like sexual assault dark, just not light and frothy) and I wasn’t in the right frame of mind. Save this for when you are ready to read that sort of thing, otherwise, it’s a bit much.