In this romance, we follow the progress of Phoebe as she attempts to find a new home for herself, her siblings, and her parents following their loss of employment. Set in America, it has the usual tendency to reference aspects of life that are familiar only to those who live there. In this case, however, that was less annoying than is usual with US novels.
Part way through the reading, I began to wonder how I’d stumbled across this story, which gradually wormed its way into my empathetic side. I finally recalled I’d come across the author via Twitter and had found one of those limited offers, making the book available for free for a short time. As the author was unknown to me, but I like to explore new work, and this was shown as contemporary and humorous romance, I took advantage of the offer.
For parts of this engaging story I was irritated by the Christian aspect with its references to guilt, a woman’s place in society, and old-fashioned dogma that has no place in the modern world. I’m still unsure whether this was supposed to be the ‘humorous’ aspect of the novel. If it was, it failed to engage my laughter muscles and merely served to increase my antipathy to religion and its unfailing hypocrisy and narrow-minded cant.
But I was intrigued by Phoebe as a character, and when Gage appeared as the male love interest, I could see there would be fireworks as well as stormy weather. In this aspect I wasn’t disappointed. That the sex scenes concentrated on the emotional rather than the erotic aspects fitted well with the nature of the story and suited me fine.
Interestingly, had this book declared its Christian aspect, I would almost certainly not have bothered with it. My previous experience of such work has invariably raised my hackles as the authors preach their individual mantras on the evils of those who refuse to join their particular tribe. But I’m glad this aspect was excluded from the description, as I enjoyed the story and was engaged by the characters throughout.
[Any review is a personal opinion. No reviewer can represent the view of anyone else. The best we can manage is an honest reaction to any given book.]