I have read all the Hannah Swenson books and loved all of them except for the last two. This current offering is so bad! It was really boring. Too much discussion about great new recipes that everyone gushes over. Not enough of the wonderful supporting characters that gave colour and depth to the previous books. Michelle spends so much time cooking and sleuthing with Hannah one wonders how she ever gets time to study. I don't care for the character of Ross and don't like how Hannah is constantly second guessing his bahaviour and hers. Nora and Mike's reaction to her marriage isn't realistic. Both men were in love with her and they don't seem to mind that she is with another man. The characters do not seem consistent with their original composition. Very disappointed in this latest book. Will read one more but if it is not much better than this one, I will have to say goodbye to Lake Eden.
I am so disappointed in this installment of the Hannah Swenson series. I have always enjoyed her writing but she really damaged her reputation with this entry. I wondered throughout the reading of this book if she had a ghost writer. I agree with everyone's comments about the inability to get her messages on her phone. That is ridiculous. It would have been fine for her to miss the messages because she left her phone in her bakery truck, why did she have to blame it on not knowing how to use her phone. There was no indication that she didn't know how to use her phone in the most recent books. This was just plain dumb.
Would two previous lovers really act the way they did in this story, come on! Maybe Norm would be a pushover but Mike is a hard nosed cop. Completely out of character. In addition, he never really shared investigative work with Hannah unless he absolutely had to, neither did she. What changed?
The ending ( I won't reveal it) came out of nowhere. There was no indication that the character would behave that way. How difficult would it have been to at least suggest some secrecy? Hate to say this, I will miss the series but I'm done.
This book was so disappointing, it was just ridiculous. The plot, the marriage, the ending - too dumb for words. Complete waste of reading time. I do not remember Hannah being this dumb (stupid really). I have read all the books in the series and always pre-order the books, so I am a fan of Joanne Fluke but this was extremely bad.
This series used to be cute and fun, but it's truly terrible since Hannah jumped into this ridiculous marriage with Ross. Firstly, she wonders if maybe she should have talked to Ross before they got married about things like finances, whether or not they want children, and what sort of expectations they would have for their daily routines. Gee, ya think? Also, this is a woman who prides herself on being an independent woman, but frets about making fancy meals for her husband and making sure he gets his shower before she does. She's also keeps deciding she has no right to wonder about her new husband's family that she's never met, where this mysterious money Ross always has is actually coming from, and whining about how he doesn't treat her the way she expects even though she never actually told him what she wants. I spent the whole book wanting to punch Hannah in the face for being such an idiot.
Other parts are simply unbelievable. This is supposedly a woman in her early to mid thirties who RUNS A BUSINESS, but she has no idea how to check a cell phone for messages. There is literally half a chapter devoted to her learning how to put a phone on vibrate. Are you kidding? It's 2017, even in the most rural parts of the US businesses rely on Smartphones and internet orders.
This started as a really cute and fun series, but it's spiraled down into complete and utter nonsense. It's clear that Ross is shady, and I'm hoping the end of the book means he's gone for good.
I chose this book because it was listed on the Sunday NY Times best seller list. What a disappointment! Flat writing abounded here. I struggled to give it one star but did so in the hopes that this review would serve as a warning to readers.
A disappointment. I have always enjoyed the Hannah Swenson stories. I do not like Hannah married to Ross. It felt as if their relationship came out of nowhere. It is difficult to get behind this relationship. As much as I don't want to see Hannah hurt, I hope Ross is gone for good. Get back to the characters I love. It almost seems as if someone else wrote the last two or three books.
Way too wordy and page after page recipe blather. So sorry since I have read every one with high hopes the story line will be a real mystery. This may be my last try. Her marriage to Ross hasn't added anything great to her plots.
Sadly, the last few books of this series, including this one, continue to slide downhill. Waaay to much food & cooking discussion & sadly, too many recipes. Plus, Hannah is hardly ever in the shop anymore & the role of sister Michelle is expanding a lot. Even on her honeymoon, all Hannah does is whine...too much champagne; missing her alone time...blah blah blah. With the character of Ross added rather abruptly as Hannah's husband...when for YEARS she's been torn between Mike & Norm, you would think some of the book wd be focused on how her sudden marriage to basically a stranger to the town would effect relationships with Mike, Norm, her family & friends. Nope....they waltz back into town & all is exactly the same. Very weird & not realistic at all. Then...a weird cliff hanger ending. Very disappointing. The author needs to scale back the food stuff & look at what made her earlier books likable. Her last three have not been good & this continues the trend. Get it from a library if you feel you need to read it.