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If I am honest I downloaded this book because it was free and I am so glad I did. Touching family drama, second chances and romance are all thrown into the mix. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It made me laugh and cry and I couldn't put it down. Now looking for more books by the Barbara Freethy.
I was not sure what to expect with this book, but once I picked it up I could not put it down. It was a beautiful story about a man returning to his hometown, Serenity Springs, with lots of bad memories. The man's feelings towards Serenity Springs are gradually changed and so are his relationships with the people in Serenity Springs. It had me laughing, crying and smiling. A book not to be missed!
I found this an enjoyable, quick read, ideal for the summer when your on the sun lounger and don't want anything too heavy to think about. Characterisation and plot line on the whole were good, but I do wonder a bit about the ghost element that seems to have been tagged in - don't know why that was in at all as it does seem totally out of place with the rest of the book, as if it can't decide whether to be a romantic drama or a paranormal book. The two storylines just dont seem to gel together. The ghost element itself was centred around Kara's young daughter, but for the rest of the book the daugher seems to have been "ignored" in the storyline, and seems very much to take second or even third place in Kara's list of priorities.
The one thing that really gets on my nerves about this book, however, is that its set in a small American town, the main character has been living away for years and then returns and renovates a house into a B&B and within six months of her return is voted Chairperson of the local Chamber of Commerce. I am pretty sure that no way would that happen in real life, these positions are really quite sought after in their own way and, especially in a small town with all the "small town politics" that always crop up, there would have been a huge element of "no way are we letting the outsider take over OUR Chamber of Commerce". Whining over though, a very nice read.
Following and acrimonious family breakdown, Ryan left his home town and hit the road, to become a successful Photo-journalist. His return at the invitation of the Chair of the town's Chamber of Commerce, isn't welcomed by his father, brother and some of the other towns folk. However, he decides to ride it out and try to lay his ghosts to rest once and for all. He is helped in this by the woman that unwittingly invited him back to town and by her young daughter.
But home truths will out and tempers fray, but it takes nature making herself felt, to bring things to a head. Add to this, a little supernatural intervention and you're on your way to a happy ending.
Given a Kindle as a present I downloaded this more for practice than anything else. I had no great expectations of a book that was offered free. I loved it from start to finish. the plot is romance with a little paranormal and a lot of questions thrown up. It is also a family story with all the conflicts that family brings. There is grief, sadness, sibling rivalry, small town rivalry, great humour and above all love and the joy of love. The main characters are Kara and Ryan and they are immediately likeable. Angel and Billy are enchanting as are the puppies and Andrew and Jonas draw sympathy and irritation at different times. Many other wonderful characters that are all identifiable with someone we know. The style of writing is clear and easy to read. I see this as the ideal night time, waiting room, travel or beach read. It is nice and warm and completely undemanding. Do read it
hi i bought this book becuase it was free and i have only had my kindle a week before i purchased it , i found this book fab easy to read and captivating by the way it was written and by how the writer kept you interested, i kept thinking how many more twists and turns can their be and there were right to the end, if you want a lovley easy book to read not to lovey dovey and full of emotion twists and turns then buy this book ,
the characters are easy to get a long with and you find yourself wondering why they are the way they are but from the most of the reviews most people say the same thing, i have only just come back to reading and i must amitt that by buying a kindle i know i wont stop reading now as to download is easy , and for going on hols is amazing just one book within thousands to read best decision ever to buy my kindle.
Kara Delaney, vowing to save her town from seasonal tourist ruin, decides to invite its most famous (and infamous) son, a well known photographer to give the town a boost, not knowing that she's inviting turmoil, and it might all be for naught, anyway, if the generational flood of the river has its way.
Got this book as a free download, and ever so glad I did. The story is affecting: there's a tale of two brothers, a distant and embittered father, a broken home. The romance between Ryan and Kara is moving and real. Strangely, I found the other romantic subplot more affecting (and effective). The characters are well drawn - both adults and children, and the river as backdrop of giving history, loss and depth to the story was well presented.
I don't think there is anything I can add to all the reviews that have already been posted.
Well written, enjoyable but unfortunately it just didn't keep me hooked. Predictable, but I kept on going hoping for an upturn in the storyline which unfortunately didn't happen for me. I felt if this had been shorter, perhaps it could have worked.
As a free download definitely worth giving a go, probably nearer a 3.5* read for me; the earlier part of the book was good, but the latter part lapsed into just ok.