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When Love Comes (Diamond Creek, Alaska Novels Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Her main characters, Hannah and Luke have similar pasts and are from the same town, but I don't necessarily think it would make them talk and behave the same. One of my biggest issues is just that: many of the characters have little personality and come off like they are merely doppelgängers. They all have fleshed out lives, with pasts that come back to haunt them physically and mentally, and they are expressed well in exposition, but when it comes to what they do and say, Croix's characterization just did not have the follow through I wanted.
I did have an issue with how slowly the plot progressed and the lack of conflict throughout, but when I read Croix's first romance scene I was so blown away that I forgot all my qualms with the novel.
It was then that I compared this novel to Ian Mcewan's "Saturday". His novel was written in such a way that the main character's cold, scientific perspective completely overran the narrative and made it impossible for the plot or any characterization to progress for much of the novel, but he wrote it that way to accentuate the times when his character's thoughts were derailed by emotion. During those periods the character could focus on action and reaction only, and what he did made the novel, and his character fantastic. Croix's romance scenes do the same thing for her in "When Love Comes". They are well written and are the foundation of this work.Read more ›
I always enjoy well written family dynamics between a male lead character, his brothers, and their (almost inevitably) strong willed mother. When Love Comes offers plenty of light comedy in the conversations between Luke, his two brothers, and their well meaning but meddling mother, Iris. I'm speculating hopefully that we'll learn more about these brothers in future books!
I'll admit to not feeling pulled in by the prologue, because the defining event in the prologue made me worry that the rest of the book would feel canned (it doesn't - keep reading!). I also didn't completely buy into the conflict surrounding Cristina. To be honest, I feel that way about the conflicts injected into many other well written romance novels - and this novel really is well written. Little details like "The One That Didn't Get Away" made me smile. Finally, I loved the last few sentences at Otter Cove! What a fitting end to a charming story.
What I didn't like was each main character's backstory was lumped all together in chunks. Then later in the story, much of the same information was repeated. The details could have more seamlessly been incorporated as the story progressed. Other information is also often repeated in places--first in one character's thoughts and words, then again in another character's. For example, stuff about finding a place for Jessie the dog to live, and another topic repeated is a discussion about what happened to Hannah's parents.
Once you get to the family secret, the story picks up and becomes more interesting. I think, perhaps if some of the later conflict came earlier, it would have made the story better paced. But, nonetheless, it's worth the read.
Hannah has been away from Alaska for two years whilst attending college. Just after she left her parents were killed in a plane crash. A big part of the adventurous and carefree Hannah seemed to die along with her parents; she wanted to change as she thought she disappointed them.
Luke and his brothers moved to Alaska just after Hannah left to start their fishing business.
Hannah and Luke seem to have similar pasts; they have both been burn by a past relationship. Neither of them are looking for romance. But they find that they are starting to get too close to each other. The author does a good job in creating the internal conflict that love can bring when it’s something you don’t want to admit you want; and showing us the past hurts and the healing that both Hannah and Luke work through.
There were some good sexy moments between the characters, it didn’t feel rushed, and sexual tension was built up a between them beforehand. The story moved along at a gentle pace, but it was more told than shown. The book is well written for the most part, but the continuing over use of ellipses did get a little annoying. It also felt very repeated, to the point where I began to skip a few paragraphs when I knew what was coming next.
Overall, the characters were likable, and a nice love story with just minor issues; still worth a read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this author!
I loved this book from start to finish.
I love the characters and the story.
Can't wait to read rest of the series.
The author paints a beautiful love story with words. The 2 main characters have been hurt before so are reluctant to try love again. Think we all go through this when we are hurt. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sonar
Sorry, but love did not come for me. Unfortunately I only managed to get 25% of the way through. Just didn't hold my attention.Published 17 months ago by hoochypooch
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
When Love Comes is a romance novel. Read more
This book was a lovely romantic tale that was easy to read. The protagonists, Hannah and Luke, each had their share of heartache in the past and weren't necessarily looking for... Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2015 by Amazon Customer
I found this book offensive, not because of the sex scenes but because of the backdrop the book was placed on. Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2015 by Suzanne
I was thoroughly charmed by this book. The romance between Luke and Hannah, at first chilly, thaws and turns into a passionate love. Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2015 by Jamie
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