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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.
As I neared the end of the novel, I found the conflict I had been waiting for. It added new dimensions to the plot and forced Croix's characters to deal with all of their emotional issues in ways that breathed life into them. I just wish that there had been more active conflict throughout the novel.
However, I do recommend this novel for anyone that enjoys good, down to earth romance. The settings are breathtaking, and the love scenes are exquisite.
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.
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I loved this book from start to finish.
I love the characters and the story.
Can't wait to read rest of the series.
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