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Wedding Matilda Paperback – August 18, 2015
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could make me like two characters that I found so unlikable in previous books. I received an ARC from Netgally.
I have read several books by Ms. Hiestand and I have enjoyed her writing style. But this book was not what I have become accustomed to from this author. The premise of the story was great, but the execution was sorely lacking. I am having a very hard time writing this review, because the story did not flow well and was very disjointed - it makes it hard for me to accurately summarize the plot, as it is jumbled in my mind.
Ewan Hales is the secretary at the Redcake's London tearoom. He is very good at his job and well respected. At the very beginning of the book he finds out that he is the heir to an earldom. His father was estranged from his family, so Ewan never knew. He meets the current earl and is told that he must quit his job and come learn about the family business.
Matilda is the middle Redcake sister. She has had a child out of wedlock and is currently living in Bristol and managing the cake factory. She comes to London to meet with the Lord Judah about a problem, only to find that Judah is out of town and Ewan is filling in. This is the first mystery in the book. The factory cakes are not up to Redcake's standards and Matilda and Ewan need to figure out why. They trace the problem to the flour and each agree to look into the problem and touch base later. Matilda is surprised by Ewan's attitude towards her, she feels he is treating her as an equal, which she thinks is odd, as she thinks she is his superior, both socially and in business.
From here the book just nosedives in my opinion - so many things happen and seem totally unbelievable to me. Matilda and Ewan share a kiss, her son gets kidnapped, she rushes back to Bristol with Ewan in tow, she is hysterical, they have sex (which was out of the blue), he goes back to London and quits his job and goes to work for the earl - who happens to own the flour factory that supplies Redcakes - Matilda goes to see her son's father, who she thinks may have taken her son - finds him on his deathbed and agrees to marry him (?!?), goes back to Bristol to look for her son, Ewan comes back, he is fired by the earl because he said he was going to marry Matilda, Matilda is abducted while paying the ransom for her son, she is returned to her family without her son and is hysterical again, so her sister in law drugs her, Ewan shows up and takes charge. Matilda agrees to marry him, but needs to break with her son's father. They go back to London, she sees Mr. Bliven, he dies, she goes back to Ewan, they have sex again, she returns to Bristol, but comes back to London for Bliven's funeral. After the funeral, she sees two men that she believes are involved with her son's kidnapping, her brother Gawain and Ewan follow them and get their names. They all go back to Bristol, they find her son. Ewan goes back to London and mends fences with the earl, makes a connection between the earl and Matilda's problems, gets fired again, Matilda comes back to London, they have sex - again, they make plans to marry, the end.
Confused? Yeah, so am I.
This book was just a hot mess, there is no flow to this book, it is just a bunch of jumbled scenes thrown together. There is no character development, no insight into Matilda and Ewan's feelings, I have no idea when they fell in love. The love scenes felt like random encounters, and I was really disgusted that she is carrying on an affair while her son is missing and is willing to risk getting pregnant again.
Bottom-line - I didn't like this book and I wouldn't recommend this book. As I stated at the beginning of this rambling review, I have read and enjoyed other books by this author, so I will probably read the next book in the series.
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