I gave this book a chance (143 pages worth) but there are too many much better books to be read. I hated to just post it out, since I bought it new, but that's how disappointing it is. The only thing I can think of regarding the "praise" for the book on the back cover is that the authors got paid or never actually read the book. I mean, Yasmine Galenorn can write multiple circles around this author.
Although not horribly bad, the writing was just a bit irritating for some reason. The romance was a bit on the silly side -- in fact, the whole book bordered on silly. I don't pan many books, but this is one of those rare times. Ick.
Nora Roberts really seems to like her trilogies. I don't know if that's a smart marketing ploy, or just the way she likes to put a story together. This is the middle in the Garden trilogy. It has all of the typical Roberts elements -- some romance, friendships, intrigue, and a ghost. I always enjoy the amount of research she seems to do for her background, and in this one I learned a bit about gardening and the greenhouse business that I didn't know before! It's an enjoyable series -- not as good as the Circle or Key series, but definitely up there.
I must admit that I wasn't a great fan of the Shopoholic series -- the first was cute, but the others became a bit irritating. So, I was a bit heistant about trying another Kinsella. But, that's the beauty of Paperback Swap! I can try something without putting out a big investment -- and this little investment certainly paid off. I listened to this audio CD on the way back and forth from work last week, and I have to admit that I coudn't wait to get in the car to hear more! The story is light and somewhat predictable -- though not completely. What Kinsella does so much better in this story is give us a heroine who is really, really likeable. She has her flaws, but basically she's a good, honorable person. Emily Gray, as narrator, also does a tremendous job of bringing each character to life.
Now, if Kinsella would write more stories about this heroine, I'd be more than happy to read them! I highly recommend this light read (or listen). I think you'll enjoy it.
I've read all of the Cat books, despite the fact that sometimes I find them rather irritating! This one was just plan strange, though it did have some interesting twists. For some reason, it seemed like it just stopped in mid-narrative. In fact, I took some time to look to see if I had misplaced a CD or two, but they were all there as advertised. It felt as if I had the waiter come and snatch my dinner plate away before I had finished it.
This series gets better and better. On the surface, it's a nice cozy that makes for a good weekend read. But, it also offers a complexity and thoughtfulness that you don't always get from this genre. A smart cozy, I guess you'd call it! I hate to part with this one, but it's also nice to share!
This is the third book in the Brentford trilogy. The plot and writing are typical Rankin, so very enjoyable. The characters are familiar. I found the ending both confusing and creative, and I'm not sure if it will influence the later books -- I'll have to wait and see.
If you like Rankin and the Brentford books, you'll find this one enjoyable. If this is your introduction to both, I might recommend that you begin with one of the earlier books to get introduced to the insanity! Jumping right into this one might be a bit much.
I know I'm not supposed to put this type of information here, but can't see where else to put it. This is a paperback, but the cover looks like the hardcover. The ISBN number matches the hardcover book, but that is incorrect.
This is the second in the seriest and does a nice job of developing the characters just a bit more -- particularly the relationship between Jack and Penelope. Just a tiny bit of spark developing in a very interesting way. Loved it, and the mystery was interesting, too!