Some books really click with you when you read them and others simply don’t. I read the Timber Ridge series first and I lo-HOVED them! This particular series really didn’t do it for me. I liked “Rekindled”, but the other two were only so-so.
Book Rating: Here a little, there a little
Yeah, yeah. I can hear your sneers through my computer. “But, Amber…” you say. “How in the world could you not like this book?! Are you insane?!”
I don’t think I’m insane. *teehee * And as much as I would like to console you and say I will give it another try, sorry. It ain’t happenin’.
First I will hail it’s one good attribute: the Christian message was fabulous, as are all the messages in Alexander’s books.
Annabelle Grayson (a character you will get to know from the first Fountain Chronicles book “Rekindled”) has had an extremely hard life. But thanks to a loving and sweet husband she was saved from her pervious existence and given the chance at a second life—a life of joy. Sadly, her husband dies—in like the first few pages of the book! Leaving her and their unborn child by themselves.
Thankfully they have great friends to turn to. However, Annabelle still feels the need to finish the journey she and her husband started, and get to Idaho before winter sets in.
Matthew Taylor (another character from “Rekindled”…I really liked him in that book, but things changed for me in this one…) applies for the position as a guide for Annabelle. But he had no idea what he was getting into, and now he’s not even sure if he wants to continue, knowing that she is the one who is employing him.
This book has a lot of anger in it, and a lot of sadness. As does “Rekindled”... However, this one seemed a lot darker to me for some reason—there was hardly any happiness in it. None that really stuck out to me, anyway. Annabelle’s life was so hard, and so was Matthew’s. And the fact that throughout a major portion of this book they vehemently hated one another, it was difficult for me to see this as a romance.
Again, there is a place in this world for books like this, but I am not one for dark stories. And that’s what I really felt like this was. Dark and heavy and sad. Of course things pick up near the end, but that wasn’t enough to make me like it. If I finish a book and know that I will read it again, then it meets my criteria for an Up All Night’er or Best of the Best, but this was not it for me.
Let me know what you think when you read it. And don’t be hatin’ on me for not liking it if you totally love it, because you really might. There are lots of people that do.