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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
Page turning, hard to put down book!
The story is of a woman named Jade, who had a not so ideallic childhood and clearly not coping with her abadonment issues. I have to say I hate characters, and people in general, who aren't able to move past things in their past. OK- so your dad left you. GET OVER IT. So this book really frustrated me because you just want to slap Jade up and let her know she's being an idiot. Get over yourself. But I did like how the book went back and forth from the present day to the past and how the story of her past unraveled as you went through the book. Jade is preparing to get married and her motto (and her fiance's) is "the past is the past" and neither has really talked about each other's pasts and so a lot of things are learned in the weeks/days leading up to the wedding.
I thought the relationship between Jade and her mother, Beryl, was relatable if not frustrating. I can definitely see a "part two" of this book happening because the ending left some loop holes (i.e- the relationship with the dad- what happens? What is it like for Beryl at the end? What happens with Willow? How does Jade and Max handle marriage? Are there more secrets to come out? etc)
Overall? It's a good story. It's a page turning, hard to put down book. It's a fast read and the story progress quickly and doesn't get lost in descriptions and plot set ups.
posted by Sara_Strand on December 24, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
Not my cup of tea
I tend to read lots of n...
I tend to read lots of non-fiction, deeper theological works, more literary fiction or fiction with intense drama and depth of character. (I hope that doesn't sound pompous, I just don't enjoy reading light books with predictable endings).
As I read the book, I was a little confused. I saw that Sara Evans along with Rachel Hauck wrote it. I know who Rachel Hauck is because I follow her on Twitter. I was not familiar with Sara Evans until my daughter came home from college. When she saw the book, she informed me that Sara is a country singer and was on a TV dance show. I'm not really hip on pop culture. Anyway, that would have been nice to know before I began the book. It seems the publisher assumed I knew this, although to their credit it does mention lightly across the top, "multi platinum recording artist."
Now that you know my frame of mind, I'm guessing that many readers of Christian fiction will enjoy this book. It's about Jade, a 20-something gal who is about to get married. The setting is in the deep south where tradition and charm rule. Jade is in a quandry about inviting her mother to the wedding. Her mom was not a good enough mother, divorcing her husband and raising her children during her selfish hippie days. This story is about the healing that must take place before one can move forward.
It reads a lot like a Kristin Hannah book. Lots of quaint scenes but not really a page-turner. At least not for me.
posted by LucilleCO on January 5, 2010Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted January 5, 2010
Written about a girl named Jade who is about to get married. She is a lady who loves antiques and like them she has a past of her own. Before she gets married, she has to clean up some of her own cobwebs.
Written about a girl named Jade who is about to get married. She is a lady who loves antiques and like them, she has a past of her own. Before she gets married, she has to clean up some of her own cobwebs.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
After reading a few chapters, I thought to myself, why am I still reading this? There were a couple of times, I was surprised at the story, but most of the time I felt like this was a book that was written in a hurry, without much thought to the plot. What most bothered me the most, was the climax. I really think that the story lost something and could have had more details.
On a scale of 5 stars, I give the book a 2. It had clean language and the message overall was redemptive. However, this was a book written for adults because of some of the mature content.
I cannot recommend this book, even though my heart wanted to do a 5 star review.
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