Monday, February 3, 2014

With Autumn's Return

It's hard to place a book below my two highest ratings, but sometimes it just has to be done. For the most part I'm a pretty big Amanda Cabot fan. Unfortunately, this novel couldn't keep me interested. Bummer.

Book Rating: Here a little, there a little

When it comes to series books, you like to see the last one go out with a bang, because--heck--its the last one and you expect it to be good, right? Well, for me, this one just didn't have what it takes to keep lil' Miss Amber gagging for more. The first two books in this series were nice--but this one reminds me more of book one (Summer of Promise) which was fairly mild romance-wise. I thought book two (Waiting for Spring) was more exciting in the "lovey dovey" department as well as the excitement/drama department. But you'll just have to read it yourself to make your own decision.

The heroine, Elizabeth Harding, is sweet enough. And the hero, Jason Nordling, is all right . . . but the romance (in my opinion) was flat and there wasn't much of interest to keep me wanting more as far as the plot was concerned. I didn't ever think, "I have to keep reading to know what happens next!"

Annnnnnnnnnd, that's when I start skimming.

Let's talk about skimming for a second. I think we all do it to some degree or another, and with some books it's more tempting to do than others. How often do you skim and are you a page by page skimmer or do you just do paragraphs? Frankly, if I am really bored I'll skip entire pages, scanning for words that seem interesting and if I don't find anything, I usually just skim to the end.

But . . . enough of that. Back to the book. Amanda Cabot typically has a much milder style in both her actual writing and in her plots and characters--and that's a good thing. We need different kinds of authors because there are all kinds of different readers, right? If you are looking for something real sweet, and something you can pick up and put down over time--because you have chores and screaming kids that need you, then this is it. *wink*

If you've read it--let me know what you think!!

~Thank you to Revell for my free copy in exchange for my honest review~

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  1. Hi Amber,
    I really enjoyed this one, and in fact the whole series. Amanda always provides lots of detail, which I appreciate. No, I don't skim for the most part. Maybe a paragraph or two, but never entire pages.

    Georgianne Barnett

    1. Hey! I'm glad you enjoyed this series, I did too. Amanda has a great style, though a bit mild for my tastes, she always has a great message and I do plan to keep reading her stuff! Thanks for saying hi, Georgianne!

  2. If a book is not holding my interest, but I've already read about half of it, or I feel obligated to read it, I'll skim. If it's a book I'm loving, I hardly skim at all, so it does heavily depend on my enjoyment of the book.


    1. Hi Beth!! I'm with you, if I'm loving a book I rarely skim, but if I'm not loving it, I do skim quite a bit. So glad you stopped by, it's great to say hi to you! Hope all is well!! Hugs!

  3. Up until a couple years ago I would just quit the book and not finish it if it didn't grab my attention. Now I tend to skim then get to the last couple pages to at least have closure. :) Glad I'm not the only one! I know everyone has different reading tastes, so not all books will appeal to all of us.

    1. Hi Susan!
      No you are not alone when it comes to skimming. LOL :) And I totally agree with you--there are all kinds of books for all kinds of readers. Like you said, "everyone has different reading tastes, so not all books will appeal to all of us." I agree!!!

  4. Amber -- Thanks so much for your review. I'm sorry the book didn't hold your interest as much as you'd hoped, but as you've said, not every book will appeal to everyone. I appreciate your honesty.