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Annalisa Daughety's Love is Monumental is the second book in her A Walk in the Park series, preceded by Love is a Battlefield-set in Shiloh, TN. Love is Monumental is set in our nation's capital and paints a beautiful picture of Washington, D.C. while teaching the reader surprising bits of history.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
It was exciting to get to know park ranger and heroine, Vickie Harris, and she was easy to root for-even if she was frustrating at times. Her high standards in dating made me want to scream a little bit, but then again what girl hasn't met the a few too-hairys and too-brainys of their own?
Professor Thatcher Torrey was easy to fall in love with, at least for a girl like me who likes a scruffy, laid back, rough-around-the edges kind of guy. His commitment issues were something everyone can relate to in some way, but the mystery surrounding how he accumulated all of his love baggage was enough to keep me turning the page as fast as possible.
It was nice to get to know Kristy and Ainslie (first introduced in Love is a Battlefield) a little more, but even if I had never read Love is a Battlefield, I would have liked and understood Love is Monumental. They can stand alone, but I really liked getting a glimpse of the other character's lives from a new point of view.
Overall, this book had it all-love, true friendship, mystery and even a little mother/daughter drama. I loved it from beginning to end!
Posted March 31, 2010
Great characters, good romance, great book
This is the 2nd book in the A Walk In the Park series about female park rangers. It is not necessary to have read the first book, Love Is A Battlefield, but it adds to the story since this is a trilogy about 3 friends and they do all get together in this one and discuss people and things that happened in the first book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Vickie Harris works in Washington, D.C. on the National Mall. She loves her job, but she is hoping to find a man with whom to share her life. None of the men she dates seem to live up to her standards, so she is left with her cats, Jake and Lloyd, on most nights. When she decides to get outside her comfort zone, she meets Thatcher Torrey. Thatcher is a history professor who doesn't do so well socially. He hasn't been interested in a relationship for a long time because he has resigned himself to being a loner. Vickie makes him think twice about his decision.
I liked the first book in the series, but I really loved this book. Both Vickie and Thatcher were flawed, but I never felt like smacking them over the head because they were too stupid. They did not always do the intelligent thing, but they did things that real people would do and not just characters in a book. Thatcher was not the typical overly confident alpha male, but was quite the opposite. He was by far the more flawed character.
The story developed well. I was confused a bit by the addition of Jane and Katherine--mother and daughter dealing with the mother's terminal cancer. It took quite a while to actually unfold in the story, but it worked out and once it started flowing, I could not put the book down.
I would have liked a little more resolution between Thatcher and Clark, but that really was secondary to the story.
The Christian values blended nicely into the story and were not overwhelming and felt very realistic.
This is a good book to sit down and read on a Sunday afternoon.
I received this book from netgalley.com.
Posted August 23, 2010
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