Pretty Typical Chick Lit

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While I enjoy most romance and chick lit novels, there are two things in most of them that I dislike. Because The Scent of Rain by Kristen Billerbeck has both of these issues in it, I thought I’d just throw them out there. First of all, I realize that the author only has about 300 pages to get her story out there but the whole love at first sight thing is not usually how things happen in real life. Most of my friends who have found their happily every after knew the other person at least a year before anything more started to happen. The other issue I have with these types of books is the ending. If you are going to put an epilogue in, don’t just skip ahead a month or two, tell me how your main characters are doing a couple years (or five years) after marriage. Tell me they have x number of children, have found their dream job(s) and are still as much in love as ever.

OK, now that I’ve got that off my chest, let me say, I enjoyed The Scent of Rain. It was a quick read and the story engaged me fairly quickly. The story was easy to follow and you were rooting for the main character.

Daphne Sweeten has been stood up on her wedding day. She decides to go ahead with a job developing scents for household products (a job at a company her ex-fiance and her were both going to work at). The only problem is that one the day Daphne was stood up, she lost her sense of smell. She now is trying to figure out how to make the job work while keeping all of her new co-workers in the dark about her secret, including her handsome new boss, Jesse Lightner. Jesse and Daphne have an immediate camaraderie and feel comfortable sharing their lives with each other.

Over all, Billerbeck’s novel is a quick, engaging read: the perfect beach novel. I know I complain about the issues I have with chick lit but in reality, I probably won’t stop reading it.

***Thomas Nelson Publishing provided me with a free e-copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Mystery and Romance, What More Could a Girl Ask For?

 

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Libby Holladay arrives at Hope Beach in search of her friend and business partner who she saw kidnapped. In the midst of the search for Nicole, Libby has to deal with learning a father she never knew left her a beautiful inn on the beach and she has a family that she never knew about.

 

Colleen Coble always has a way with bringing the reader into a story and Tidewater Inn is no exception. There is a lot going on in this book but the reader never gets lost. You quickly get drawn into the story, hoping for a happy ending.

 

Tidewater Inn is definitely a quick and engaging read. It’s perfect for a lazy afternoon or a day at the beach read.

 

***Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

 

Edge of your Seat Suspense: Beckon by Tom Pawlik

This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for a few months because I wasn’t sure it was something I could get into. I picked it up a couple of days ago to try to start reading it and, let me tell you, I had a hard time putting it down.

 

Beckon begins by following Jack Kendrick to Wyoming in search of answers about the disappearance of his father twelve years prior. Jack finds some pretty amazing (and often horrifying) things in the search for his father. The scene then shifts to Elina who has come to Wyoming in search of her missing cousin and then we shift again to George and Miriam who are seeking a cure to a disease. Through each of these characters’ experiences in Wyoming, the whole story gets pieced together.

 

Tom Pawlik has created a chilling, thrilling story that will have you on the edge of your seat throughout. This one was definitely as page turner as you want to find out what happens to the people you meet throughout the book. It is a little bit Sci-Fi but not so far fetched that you have to suspend you disbelief. If you are looking for a good, suspenseful read, this one is highly recommended.

 

****Tyndale Publishing provided me with a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review