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The Day He Drove By: Sweet Contemporary Romance (Hawthorne Harbor Romance Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- File size : 2136 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 259 pages
- Publication date : May 29, 2018
- Publisher : AEJ Creative Works (May 29, 2018)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07B4CN71M
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #43,812 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book fell flat for me, unfortunately.
I liked the setting and I liked most of the characters and I liked the main plot but what I didn't like, or rather WHO I didn't like, was the heroine.
I never believed that either her first husband or Drew, the hero of this book, were her soulmate. From her perspective, I felt like they worked for her because they were comfortable and they fit into her view of how things should be.
I also found her a bit unforgiving, bratty, and petulant. Although it is understandable that she would have reservations due to her being a widowed single mother, her treatment of Drew was less than stellar when he was trying to do everything he could to make her life a little easier, a little better. He went out of his way to show her he loved her long before he said it. Her explanation of why she was cut off from her entire family was hollow, too.
I will be giving the author's other books a try in spite of not caring much for this one.
The hero, Drew, is a local boy that has lived in the town for all of his life except for a few years when he lived in a local town. He left his home when the girl he fell in love with turned him down for marriage and left town. He was broken hearted and decided to start over in a nearby town. That didn't work out so he moved home. He was very active in working jobs where he helped people. One day he delivered a baby on the side of the road in his home town. That was a big thing for him and 10 years later he is still telling the story. He currently works as an EMT but for their small town there are not many emergencies and his job is mostly simple events. He is unsettled.
He lives with his two German Shepard dogs. On his way to work one day he spots a van on the side of the road with a flat tire. He stops to help and discovers it is the woman and child from 10 years ago. He never forgot her and is shocked to see her and her daughter after all this time.
This story is their love story. She would be starting to love again and he would discover real love for the first time. Their path is not an easy one, she has a 10 year old daughter to consider. He has his own issues. There are a lot of side characters, 2 dogs and 2 kids as well as best friends. The heroine is a little over the top with her constant worrying about things and then not being mature enough to even discuss problems but apparently this doesn't bother Drew and the romance proceeds. It is an interesting read and I definitely recommend it. It had everything requir4ed to make it a romance, falling in love, overcoming issues, the overwhelming ex-girlfriend and starting over in a whole new life. But everything works out and everyone gets a HEA.
I was not paid for this review. I am not a writer nor do I know one. I am not kin to this author. I am a reader and this is my opinion, nothing more, nothing less. 9/30/18
I did get frustrated with Gretchen. She took not asking for help to the beyond ridiculous level making the grand gesture at the end necessary. In a way, it kind of ruined the real-life feel of the story for me. I wish she had given in more gradually and accepted Drew's love naturally. After all, he let her help him. Thank goodness for Dixie and her wish making!
I give this story something between a 3.5 and a 4. I enjoyed it while reading, finished, moved on and sort of forgot about it.
1-5 scale and what it means:
1: I couldn’t even finish it / just plain bad
2: I hope I didn’t pay for this / disappointing
3: I didn’t hate it, but it was still missing something / forgettable but inoffensive
3.5: On the line between good and ok / like, not love
4: Solid mind candy / worth reading
4.5: So very close to perfection! / must read
5: I could not put it down and I’m still thinking about it! / a true treasure
Movie Ratings in relation to my review:
Clean--Hallmark movies, some kissing, no nudity, no sex on or off "screen"
PG--Some innuendo but nothing kids don't hear every day, sex is all closed door
PG-13--some language (swear words not related to sex), more talk about sex, heavy petting, removal of clothing on screen, but sex is closed door.
PG-14—somewhere between PG-13 and R. Not erotica, but at least a paragraph of on-screen sex
R--swearing (F-bomb, on “screen” sex, sometimes feels like the whole story is about the sex and not the relationship or some other plot, but not always
Top reviews from other countries
I love how everything progressed nicely and smoothly. It was well written and interesting.
This first of a series sets up a series of insightful situations which should get us all questioning society's instruction to disbelieve our Gut feelings that come directly from the universe that infuses us. Fiction can deliver Cosmic Truths!