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Posted January 15, 2014
Time Series 1. Treva Harte
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
I wasn't sure what to expect from these two connected books. I knew it would be romance but wasn't sure what the “hook” was – that thing which sets it apart from an ordinary romance, the unique point that all books aspire to. Well, it seems Victor was the connection – he's engaged to Jen in book one, but after an accident in his job as photographer which takes him worldwide, he's missing and presumed dead. Jen didn't realise when he left that she was pregnant, but with the support of her lovely sisters and brother she's bringing up Vicky, and works for long time friend, Victors best friend, and next door neighbour, Jack.
Jacks always loved Jen, and slowly their flirting becomes that bit more until they're on the edge of the wedding – its the Big Day and …..
then its on to book two – and Victor has come back from the dead....to find out Jen is marrying Jack. He feels betrayed, angry, upset – all the things you'd think he's feel. Add to that is the news he has a daughter. Jen's sister Cecilia has always loved him, and follows him to try to help him through his heartbreak, but though they get on well – very well! the overall ending isn't what she wanted. Three years or so pass, and the book picks up again.
Jen. Loved her and felt for her. She'd loved Victor since she was a child, it just seemed to be one of those things where they'd always been accepted as a couple, and then she's lost without him, but always trying to still look after her sisters and her daughter. Jen's been Mum to them since her parents were tragically killed, and still feels responsible, even though they're all grown up now. Jack – what a lovely man, always there trying to help the family he's regarded as his own, having spent so much time with them when they all grew up, and he's long loved Jen. He just can't believe it when she starts to flirt back with him, and this time means it. Its a great show of how first love and true love needn’t necessarily be the same. Jack always feels second place though to Victor in his heart, and that causes problems. Then Victor, who was waiting and hoping all that while he was captured that Jen would just fall back into his arms, was bitter when it didn't happen. Cecilia tries to help him over that but its not their time.
Its a great book at showing how time and events change what we feel about others, how life is shaped by what happens, and how sometimes love just needs time to grow. I did enjoy it – I just didn't Love it. Though there was drama and emotion throughout the plots it didn't feel heartbreaking, the sort of upset that has me on the edge of tears. Its a lovely gentle romance, easy to read and follow, and with characters you can love, but I needed a bit more than sweet and happy and that's why its a 3.5 star book for me. Good but not great.
Stars: three and a half. A well written book, a good love story, but lacking the drama for me.
ARC supplied by Netgalley