I have such a hard time being critical of any author when I know they put their heart and soul into their stories. But I do want to give my honest opinion, so here I go.
Book Rating: Here a little, there a little
I really enjoy Regina Jennings' style, and if you enjoyed her first book SIXTY ACRES AND A BRIDE then you might really enjoy this also. I thought I would...but for me, it wasn't my cup of tea.
The more I read, the pickier I get, I guess. The scenario of this book intrigued me, but it ended up taking a turn that I didn't like, and I just couldn't get over it. I have almost considered changing my rating system to a simple "I'd read it again" or "I won't read it again." And this story I wouldn't read again.
The conflict in this story is very strong--and that's a good thing of course--but the kind of conflict, mainly from the heroine, came across in such a way that made me not care for her and that's what soured the story for me. Molly Lovelace came across as quite self-centered for a large portion of the book--to me, anyway. Also, I found myself frustrated at the fact that Bailey (her long-time love interest) is trying his best to avoid temptation, but Molly doesn't seem to be trying as hard. At least that's the way it felt to me. I hate to say it, but frankly I couldn't see what Bailey saw in her. *gulp*
This is a clean book, but with a lot of adult themes, just so you know...
Now, again, all of these things being said, there are very nice things about the story. I thoroughly enjoyed Bailey's character. I thought he was honorable, and really continued to strive to do what was right most of the time. For me, he is the one shining element of the story.
So, if you are up for it--read it, and then tell me what you thought!
Thank you to Bethany House to my review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.