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Pieces Of Me, Jacquie Underdown
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I liked the sound of this and is was a sweet novel, a good story but nothing that lifted it into a great one for me.
I liked Hannah, and admired her taking charge of herself after what had happened to her. that must have taken a lot of courage, and its something that happens to many, many people :-( Bear was a great character too and I liked him. He’d been stuck in Mercy Island looking after his sister, and now finally was going to be able to move, to get away, to live his dreams.
I just didn’t feel the tension, the drama, the sizzle between Bear and Hannah I wanted though. There were moments of course, but they felt very gentle, very subdued and seemed to be over soon. Then Bear, wanting to leave but faced with losing Hannah if he does of course. Its the stuff of romance, the choice, the do I or don’t I conundrum...and yet it didn’t feel like a big decision, I didn’t feel his confusion, or that Hannah would be devastated if he did go.
Its a decent, well written read, but for me I need angst, drama, tensions, and those were here but on a very muted level. There are readers who want exactly that though, so it’ll be a five star book for them, just not one for me.
Stars: Three, a good read but without the feelings of potential loss and dramatics I needed.
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This was a very cute read. I was surprised by the seriousness of a few of the issues that came up in the book; I wasn't expecting the depth that there was to these characters and their stories. That said, I was expecting a bit of a climax and there really wasn't one to be found. I thought it was a bit all over the place in that sense. The synopsis definitely does not do this book justice, and there is much more to it than you would expect.
At the start of the book, Hannah's grandmother has passed away and Hannah has moved into her island home. A storm causes a bit of damage to the house shortly after Hannah's move. Bear helps her make some repairs and the two of them begin to develop a friendship/flirtation. Hannah has come to Mercy Island to escape from her life and Bear wishes to escape Mercy Island once and for all.
I appreciated the courage and independence of Hannah. She escaped a very difficult situation, one from which many women find it impossible to escape, and is thriving on her own in her new life. I thought it was cute how she was able to learn so much about her grandmother that she didn't know previously, that was handled very creatively. I also loved how Hannah was able to turn her grandmother's opportunity for freedom into her own opportunity for freedom via her first novel. I admired her journey to self-discovery and her decision to take her life and future into her own hands. I did think the situation with Alistair was resolved a bit too quickly and I don't know that it was believable that he would have simply given up after all of the time spent with her under his thumb. I was anticipating a possibly violent climax courtesy of that storyline, which obviously did not happen.
Bear was adorable. He's overcome so much and had such an unfathomably difficult upbringing. I respected the man that he became. His relationship with his sister was utterly adorable and made him a much more complex character and man. The resolution to his story was obviously predictable, but I don't think that made it any less satisfying to read. I was genuinely happy that all of these characters were able to have the happy ending that they each deserved.
This was a quick, cute read. There wasn't a ton of depth to it, and I did think the pacing and plot itself were a bit all over the place at times. There also was not really a climax in the story to speak of, which I wish had been handled a bit differently. Those small issues did not significantly impact my impression. I would recommend this book.
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