I guess this is a cute story. Maybe I just can't read chick lit anymore. There are so many little annoyances and plot holes that I can't seem to ignor..Show More »e them. But they are all common to the genre. So, if you can ignore that stuff and focus on the love story, I guess it's ok.
Here are a couple examples of the plot problems that were bothering me. Some people might think these are spoilers. I am going to describe some scenes in the book, but none of them are 'big reveal' type scenes.
First: What is with Daddy issues? So, main character (Madeline) had an absentee father and it has, of course, tainted her whole life. Her mother was horrible. She lived through that, but, somehow, the Daddy thing is what caused the emotional damage. Really? I know a lot of people who didn't know their Dads. My dad was pretty sucky, but it hasn't tainted their whole lives or mine. It is unnecessary drama. If the author wants a messed up heroine, she should choose life experiences that coincide with the level of emotional damage. The mother thing would have been sufficient. I think her life with her mother was much worse than a absentee father. I mean, moving around, living in cars, no place to stay, revolving door boyfriends, alcoholic binges, ramen. The author should have explored these issues more. Living through a horrible life should cause more emotional damage than a father not showing up. For real.
Next: The little brother character is approximately 27 I think. The main love interest (big brother) is around 30 and the little brother is 3 years younger. But he sounds like he is 16. It's really bad. Lots of 'dudes' and lots of juvenile inappropriate comments. It's really jarring.
Third: The two main characters have sex. There are no promises, no attachments, they hardly know each other, and the man is all freaked out the morning after because she is emotionally unavailable. Are you kidding me? They had a one night stand and he got all emo. It was annoying. She doesn't owe him anything. If a female character was acting this way she would be 'clingy' and 'overly emotional'. Here it's presented as if he is reasonable and she has emotional issues. It really is annoying to me.
Fourth: This one runs throughout the book. The ranch was inherited by 3 half sisters. Two of them don't want to keep it, one of them does. Madeline is one that wants to sell it. But the sister who wants it (Libby) says she is going to take care of the place and not sell, that she will do it by herself. At this point, Madeline should say 'ok, fine. buy me out'. But, no. She is trying to convince Libby that she can't handle the place alone. The other sister (Emma) basically says 'who cares, let Libby have it'. But no one is talking about actual legal issues. The are all part owners. Libby can't just have it. They all own it. Libby needs to buy them out or convince them to let her have it. Libby is the one who should be doing the convincing. If SHE can't convince THEM, then she would be forced to sell. This is what normally happens in real life. I don't understand. Again, the author is creating drama in an implausible way. If this was a small issue in the book I could ignore it. But every couple pages, it comes up . Madeline wants to return home and wants the matter of the ranch settled before she leaves. She says it over and over and over. And every time I want to shout 'Tell Libby to buy you out or you are taking her to court! There is no problem!'.
Anyway, those are a few of the problems. They are mostly characteristic of the genre. So, it's an ok book. Cliché but cute.
This time the sister in the spotlight is Libby. Having been unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend when his ex-wife returns to Pine River. So she att..Show More »acks his pickup with a golf club when she finds out that the two of them were schtuping each other while she was watching their kids. Then there is the little matter of the restraining order that Ryan slapped her with after the destruction of all the glass in his truck. An RO that doesn't seem to mean too much to Libby; given that she violates it on a regular basis. Deputy Sam Martin seems to be quite intent on seeing her through this difficult time. The fact that he has a major thing for Libby seems to be apparent to everyone but her. I'll stop with the overall plot right there to avoid spoiling the ending for anyone. Though given that this was a romance novel we already know the ending. There is one point that I want to jump up on my soapbox about. Libby's attitude towards Ryan's children is understandable on an emotional level but as far as behavior goes I found it to be self serving and irresponsible. I understand the pull that she's feeling I've been there and felt the pain that comes from giving up someone that you love and who loves you. There are times that you actually do feel as though someone ripped out a couple of your vital organs without the benefit of anesthetic. The bottom line is that the feelings of the adult aren't what matters in this situation; it what's best for the child that's important. Her need to hang on to them is merely a way to make the inevitable end of said relationship a longer more difficult one. This factor lowered the enjoyment I took from the book and lowered the rating I gave it as well.
It was a great story. I like the fact that it was different and quirky. But I really had to write review just in case the editor, author, performer ..Show More »read this...I never comment on the actual reading and performance of a book but this one was quite memorable! Thank you! Not only did it facilitate the reading but it added to it! Wonderful job!!!