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Posted September 17, 2014
I really liked the beginning of this book, but then it became a
I really liked the beginning of this book, but then it became a different kind of in a sort of sudden fashion, so that through me and took me out of the story. The problem I had is somewhat of a spoiler, but I feel it needs to be mentioned so be forewarned that I am going to write about a slight spoiler, so stop reading now if you do not want that. Ok, so I actually really enjoy Jane Eyre, and at first I wasn't minding some of the references, but then it just became too much and it really took me out of the story. I was so enjoying the mystery and the spooky aspect of the story. I didn't, however, enjoy some of Gabe's actions to deter Jenny, but I was still interested in the story. I liked the romance; what little of it there was, and I liked Gabe and Jenny together; I thought they were sweet and she was good for him. I just really wish the ending wasn't mainly Jane Eyre; it really came out of left field for me. I also wanted Gabe to actually show Jenny he really wanted her; instead of just always giving up; he should have gone after her in the end. With that being said I still enjoyed this book and I like some of the other books in this series, and I sometimes find Ramsay's writing a bit tame, but I still enjoy the stories, so I will continue to read other books by Ramsay.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 16, 2014
I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher. Here is
I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher. Here is my honest review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I finished this book in mid-July and forgot to write a review quickly for it which means some of the details are pretty fuzzy. I did enjoy the book. Jenny and Gabe were great characters and I enjoyed some of the supporting cast as well. It's a romance book and a pretty standard one. I liked it and will be looking into books in the rest of the series as I enjoyed Ramsay's writing. I almost always enjoy a romance series set within a small community.
Posted July 22, 2014
Inn at Last Chance Hope Ramsey Book Summary: Jenny Carpenter
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Book Summary: Jenny Carpenter is the unrivaled pie-baking champion of Last Chance, South Carolina's annual Watermelon Festival and the town's unofficial spinster. With her dream of marriage and children on hold, she focuses on another dream, turning the local haunted house into a charming bed-and-breakfast. But her plans go off course when the home's former owner shows up on her doorstep on a dark and stormy night . . . Mega-bestselling horror writer Gabriel Raintree is as mysterious and tortured as his heroes. His family's long-deserted mansion is just the inspiration he needs to finish his latest twisted tale, or so he thinks until he learns it's been sold. The new innkeeper proves to be as determined as she is kind, and soon Gabriel finds himself a paying guest in his own home. As Jenny and Gabe bring new passion to the old house, can she convince him to leave the ghosts of his past behind-and make Last Chance their first choice for a future together?
Review: I am torn on this book. There were some things I did like and some things I did not like. Jenny and Gabe were as different as night and day. Ms. Ramsey almost succeeded in making Gabe so dour that I did not like the entire fighting and strife that was the first 25% of the book. I almost stopped reading it. I liked parts of the middle when things were moving along with the inn and the dog. I could have done without the ghost. I liked the secondary characters of Zeph, Nita, Sheriff Rhodes, and Maryanne. They helped the book along tremendously. I loved the setting of Last Chance, SC to be fun the description were well written and painted vivid pictures of all the settings. Overall the book was not as much my style of reading that I thought it would be. I do think the author is a talented writer. Her use of words and description were vivid and well done. Her storyline was consistent and well developed.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
Posted May 6, 2014
When Jenny Carpenter hits a crossroads in her life and realizes
When Jenny Carpenter hits a crossroads in her life and realizes marriage is not in the cards, she embraces her spinsterhood, gives up her teaching job, and buys an old run down B&B that she fixes up. As she’s finishing the former owner, Gabriel Raintree arrives. He’s grumpy, unkind, and tries to push his way in the inn and buy it back. Jenny declines quite forcefully but Gabe is a well renowned writer and in return for him giving a speech to help save the local library, Jenny allows him to stay with her. But there’s a ghost haunting this house, Luke Raintree, Gabe’s brother, who died years ago when they were kids who is trying to get everyone’s attention. Gabe knows it has something to do with Luke’s death, the circumstances of which Gabe can’t remember. But when Jenny is victimized by non-ghostly forces and towns people butt into his affairs, Gabe realizes he needs to finally face his secrets head on.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
One of the best things about this story is Jenny. She’s strong, practical, and doesn’t let people push her around. I loved when she slammed the door in Gabe’s face at their initial meeting. But she’s also sweet and unsure and a great friend all around. She tries desperately to take care of Gabe while he’s at the inn, as a test and because she wants to. She also fends off her well meaning friends who always think they know best.
I haven’t read any other books in the series but I don’t think that detracted much. The townspeople are written very colorfully and I felt I knew them fairly well with just a few sentences.
Those and Jenny were pluses but there was much that detracted.
Gabe is a mixed bag. He's pushy, grumpy, and an all around pain. He's a mystery writer so I did expect that to a certain extent. He cares about Jenny but is caught up in his writer’s block and his own personal demons. At first he resists the idea of a ghost but when the facts are too many to dispute, he accepts and the ghost, his brother, seems to try and help him. However I could never warm up to Gabe and in the end felt little sympathy for him. He keeps too much secret even to the point it's ridiculous like not telling Jenny he's diabetic though he knows she's trying desperately to bake something he will eat.
I became frustrated with the side story with Zeph and Nina, two very annoying people who get involved in other people’s business, Nina especially who makes decisions for Gabe that are none of her business.
I often wondered what this story wanted to be. A romance? Well that moved so slowly and required the inclusion of Gabe’s oversexed editor and Jenny’s attack to get it to move anywhere. A ghost story? Well Jenny sums it up well that the ghost is a child who needs to get over himself. Besides breaking things and hurting people the story behind it is quite thin and not explained in sufficient detail. Then we have the end where Jenny’s kitchen is vandalized that forces the reveal of Gabe’s big secret which comes out of nowhere and the story takes care of that secret so quickly that I wondered why it was there in the first place. I lost a lot of respect for Gabe for not telling Jenny the secret before they get together. An inspirational story? Well I these characters are far less than inspiring.
It’s certainly not a bad book. As stated, Jenny stole the show. And I liked the idea of the ghost story, I just wish it has been executed better.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley.