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- Publication Date : July 5, 2016
- File Size : 1099 KB
- Publisher : Berkley (July 5, 2016)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 319 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B016JPTHVW
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #112,593 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Patrick Flynn, much like Daisy, was born poor. He’s created a shipping empire and is now on the hunt for a bride that will give him a permanent place among the upper classes. Daisy and Patrick are friends. Both have an appreciation for slightly outrageous fashion and a commonality in their beginnings.
For me, the very best thing about The Summer Bride is that is not another version of My Fair Lady or Pygmalion. While I enjoy a good makeover story as much as anyone, there is something beautiful about two people instead discovering that they love each other just as they are. Yes, Daisy’s accent is annoying and sometimes I wanted her to become Audrey Hepburn. Instead we get a lovely romance between two people who decide to thumb their noses at “the toffs” and just be who they are.
There is a scene in The Summer Bride that is one of the most heart-wrenching I’ve read in quite some time. I won’t ruin it for you but it involves a pair of shoes that Flynn has made for Daisy. It is beautifully done and classic Gracie. For that scene alone The Summer Bride is worth picking up.
By the end of the book I wanted to shake Daisy. Her stubbornness may have been understandable but it was really aggravating. I also didn’t like how Gracie finally tied Flynn and Daisy together, it made sense but it isn’t the way of true romance.
The Summer Bride is well done. It isn’t the masterpiece that I was hoping for to end the series but it’s a good book well worth spending some time with.
I should have really like this story more but for some reason it fell flat and I suspect it is because it was too long and grew tedious in several areas. I also don't think the problem was with the principle characters but with many of the secondary ones who we know from the previous three books but who seem to have lost their personalities and sparkle and are just one dimensional and boring.
If you have read the series, by all means read this and finish it up. As a stand alone, it does not work.
The back of book summary IS the book, as the book offers nothing extra that the summary doesn’t already offer. This book could not stand alone without having read the other stories. It feels like it should have been a short story added as a bonus feature to the previous book OR it should have been fleshed out better.
The biggest head scratcher for me is there is NO conflict. No internal or external conflict. Neither of the characters has internal conflict they need to work out to be together, and nothing external keeps them apart or acts against them. The only “conflict” is that he keeps proposing and she keeps declining. That’s not conflict. There were potentials for both internal and external, but neither were explored, such as his family issues, her trust issues, and the brothel madam. Everything, however, is brushed under the rug and never resolved. The brothel madam, for instance, only appears in a quick section and is dealt with by the aunt. The heroine has nothing to do with this potential external conflict, and the madam doesn’t appear again at any point to offer external conflict. She could have been a great foil for the main character, someone to tear her down every time Daisy felt confident, but alas, she was just an unnecessary blip in the story.
Without internal conflicts, both characters were one dimensional. Even to the point of their HEA, they never do obviously resolve anything to end up together. They’re forced together in the most cliched and predictable way possible with a rushed wedding.
I’ve been eager for both of these characters’ story since they were first introduced so I could get to know them, but sadly they’re cardboard cutouts from start to finish. We don’t get to know them any better than we knew them before. Daisy’s history and reasons to distrust people are told in more detail in the previous books, which doesn’t help here, especially if you haven’t read the previous books. She isn’t even physically described in the story. The only descriptions of her we get are things like black circles under her eyes, exhausted, too thin. How about establish what she’s supposed to look like first and then use that to contrast how she looks after working too hard? Even the hero had a better description in book 2 than he did in this book.
Daisy’s trust issues were contradictory and idiosyncratic. First, she is opposed to trusting a friend, but not opposed to trusting a stranger. And then, she only realizes she can trust a friend after she’s been deceived by that friend. How does learning about someone’s manipulative deception make a distrustful person suddenly trustful?
I spent most of the book feeling bad for the hero, but his inability to take a hint did grate on my nerves towards the end. She’s rude and thoughtless to him the whole book. He is nothing but kindhearted and helpful, but she smashes him every chance she gets. The story is like an unpleasant role reversal where she’s the rake and he’s the marriage-minded innocent. As awesome as he is, he really needed to take a hint. He reminded me of a guy who’s been friend-zoned but continues to push, determined to wear the girl down.
The love scenes took up a quarter of the book. Considering how quasi sweet the first 3 books were, this rather dirty 4th took me by surprise, and not in a good way. The sex happened so frequently with so little plot in between that I was skipping paragraphs and scanning just trying to figure out where the story would continue. The later scenes were quite pornographic. Maybe some people are into this, but I found it way too much, especially considering how nearly YA sweet the first 3 books were.
The use of the historical setting was nonexistent. This could have taken place any year. There weren’t elements that screamed historical. Most of the story was told from inside her workroom. Even the dancing and balls didn’t make much sense historically as everyone was waltzing for nearly every dance and with whomever they chose, even girls making their first come-out. Well, that wouldn’t have happened. So a bit more historical accuracy and environment would have been appreciated so I felt like I was reading a historical romance not a contemporary romance. The dialogue was also modern or with a mix of late 19th century phrases that didn’t fit the early 19th century time period. “Beer and skittles” was used, for instance. Need I say more?
The overuse of the accent was above and beyond annoying. While it’s always good to establish the accent early on and certainly welcome to make little reminders of it, it gets old to have all dialogue written phonetically. I can easily hear the voice if the writer just says someone spoke in a Cockney accent. I cannot easily hear the voice if I have to decipher the phonetically typed sentences. With the word choice and phonetic typing, I honestly kept hearing a redneck southern American accent rather than Cockney. It ruined the dialogue, not to mention most of the narration since even much of it would be typed as though Daisy were thinking it. Aside from the accent, a good bit of the dialogue felt not only modern but forced, like things the writer wanted the characters to say rather than what people would actually say. The dialogue just didn’t feel natural.
The word “shattered” was way overused, as well. It was used in the previous books, and I didn’t care for it then either, but it’s used too much in this book. It’s used for emotional descriptions and for love scenes. She felt shattered. He felt shattered. She shattered. He shattered. Word of advice to the writer: delete the word from the vocabulary list and never use it again.
Top reviews from other countries
All nicely written, lliterate and importantly, enjoyable reads.
I'm not going to detail the plots, they are mildly far-fetched but well crafted.