This Fine Life is different from most romance books I read, and I almost decided not to finish it. Let me try to explain. The first 100, or so pages read like a YA romance (which I so do not read!) and it was really hard for me to make myself keep reading. However, I was determined to give it a try because some of you had already posted reviews, raving over what a good book it was (thanks for that!). Once the story picked up, it definitely got better and better.
Another thing about this book that was different for me is, I didn't really like most of the characters, which is really odd. Mariette Puttman acted like a spoiled brat throughout most of the book, and her mother got on my last nerve what with trying to "run" Mariette's life. Thayne Scott came across as pretty selfish at times -- I couldn't stand the fact that he made BIG decisions without even trying to discuss them with his wife first -- she was usually the last person to find out! In his defense, maybe things were done differently back then. Don't even get me started on the hateful biddies of Logan's Creek. UGH! However, there were a couple of folks I really liked, such as, Mariette's best friend, Missy, who isn't afraid to tell her exactly what she thinks, and Rowena is just such a sweet person, that you can't help falling in love with her.
I didn't start to really enjoy this book until over halfway thru, which by then, you're so invested in what's going on that you can't help but root for everything to turn out okay in the end. Don't get me wrong, I did end up really liking it, but it took me reading it in it's entirety to understand why the beginning was so important.
If you haven't read any of Eva Marie Everson's books, This Fine Life, would be a great place to start. To find out more about her and/or her books, be sure to visit her website.
One last thing, I have to mention how awesome it was to see my hometown of LaGrange, GA briefly mentioned in passing, as well as a neighboring city, Columbus, GA! This is probably a once-in-a-lifetime thing for me! Thanks Eva! =D