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- Print Length: 269 pages
- Publication Date: February 8, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00T6JDV02
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,698 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If at first you read this book, and can't decide exactly where it's going, keep reading.
You'll be transported into the world of small town Madison, the kind of town where you know everyone and everyone knows your business. We meet Tabitha, a smart but guarded young woman and her faithful side-kick Danni and are immediately driven into her world of self sacrifice, her painful breakup with her long term boyfriend and the difficulties of her family life. Once she returns home, you feel like you're there with her, in small town America.
The descriptive narrative is breathtaking at times, and the witty back and forth between Tabitha and all of the other characters in her life is nothing short of hilarious. You get a sense that Tabitha is strong, smart and certainly snarky.
When she's forced to go to Townsend for the summer, I immediately felt as if I was transported back into my childhood, and of my own summers in the Hamptons. Townsend is filled with the toney, upper-crust families that one would find at the favored vacations spot of the rich and famous. Everyone knows their names, and everyone wants to be seen with them.
Tabitha goes through a series of misadventures, sometimes of her own doing, sometimes due to those surrounding her, but she manages to handle them with wit, and grace and manages to find a very hot man in the progress of her journey.
The pacing is perfect for the most part, only once or twice did I find a chapter a little slow, and the character arcs are just where they should be, creating enough tension and surprises organically. Once or twice you'll be surprised just by the direction a conversation takes!
The ending left me speechless.
C.C. Cerano is a new writer, with a huge future ahead. This book is wonderful!
The characters are likable and I found I quickly cared about their outcomes. Charming, fun and I smiled to the end.
Plot ... Tabitha is leaving college to head back to the small (Midwest?) town where she grew up, supposedly because her dad needs help. On her first day back home, she literally runs into a handsome stranger (Haven ... yes, that is a guy's name in this book) at the local gas station. She then goes to Vegas for her best friend's bachelorette party and run into Haven there again. After that, there are other chance meetings. She is then "summoned" to go stay with her grandmother (her deceased mom's mother) for the summer. Her grandmother lives in some snooty town where rich people vacation during the summer and that's where most of the action in the book takes place. Haven, the handsome stranger, is obviously there for the summer as well. Sparks fly, lots of dram ensue ... and, well, read the book to get all the details.
This was a fun, easy read. Totally clean, with only kissing between the main characters, and I think they may kiss no more than two times in the whole book. However, if you like steam in your books, don't let it stop you from reading this one. Writing is pretty sharp, although some parts dragged a bit. Some of the dialogues were long-winded, and some of the descriptions were just plain boring, so I would skim over those parts.
I did have a few issues with this book. I would prefer a bit more details re: location and our characters. For instance, how old are Haven and Tabitha? I'm guessing Haven is around 26-27 and Tabitha is around 21-22, based on descriptions. I'd also like to know where the heck they are at times. Where are the towns of Madison and Townsend? I'm guessing Townsend is near New York, but not sure about Townsend. And unrealistic coincidences in books are just a bit too much at times here. Our h first meets H in her dinky little town of Madison (state unknown), but she has to then fly to Vegas with her best friend (airport is @ one hour away from Madison in unnamed larger city) and she runs into Haven there again, both staying at same hotel?!? What are the chances?? That was just a bit too much for me to accept.
My main issue with the book is that this is another plotline where the unassuming and pretentious "normal" girl is all the rage in a town filled with rich, snooty people, and men are tripping over themselves to get to know her and be her friend. Ugh, so unrealistic. Yes, wouldn't we all like a little bit of that in our lives but, really, it never happens and certainly not like how it was described in this book. Our H, who is apparently one of the most lusted-after men in America, is unrecognized by our h (part of her charm, apparently) and when he adopts a mutt as a pet, two days later, practically everyone in the entire town is seen with mixed-breed mutts, instead of their usual purebred lapdogs. Yeah, that totally happens. It just got to a point where the entire story felt like a satire or a caricature of what really should be happening, but then other parts of the book wouldn't be so exaggerated, so it just didn't flow as well as it could have.
However, it was an interesting and easy read, and if you like books where the normal girl wins the heart of the rich, unobtainable guy (and there's no love at first sight), then you'll enjoy this one. Book ends with a HFN but I'm hoping that author writes a sequel b/c I would like to see more of Haven and Tabitha once they have started their relationship as this book ends literally one day after they are officially a "couple". The ending is very cute, though, especially the last paragraph.
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