Monday, April 23, 2012
'Sentimentality was over-rated - of no more use in a rational, real-life present than fairy tales, fantasy, or old romance novels.'"
Beth Kincaid left Preston behind years ago and never looked back. Her wild teenage years were haunted with memories of her mother's death, her father's imprisonment, a kind old woman and her brother's tragic accident. She's moved on in her life. Until she gets a call saying that Maude, the woman who took her in as a teen, has passed away. Not only does she have to come back to the small town, she has inherited property she doesn't know what to do with. Nor does she know what to do with her old flame, Michael who seems awfully interested in her, her property and her future. But when things start getting complicated, Beth might just have to decide how she wants to make her own life - and stop letting others make it for her.
My Opinion: This was an interesting book and a study on meting out information very slowly. The story developed and changed very gradually until it finally came out with a nice plot, but not one you could really put your finger on until you had all the information. Beth is a finicky character, angry at her past and unsure of her future. Being thrown into very new situations makes her feel lost and unsure - and forces her to make decisions about her own life. Michael is a good character, though not grounded in his own personality. The romance was lightly described, almost not there and yet it was pivotal to the story line. The outside circumstances evolved and changed without informing the reader until it affected the main character, making you feel more inside Beth's head than as an all-knowing outsider. Altogether a slower book with interesting ideas but I felt didn't live up to its potential.
I received a free copy of this book to review. No other compensation was given. The summary and review are 100% my own.