Author: Carolyn T. Dingman
Source: TLC Book Tours
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Summary: Despite having a very average plot and sometimes frustrating main character, the quirky characters the authors created made this an enjoyable read.
Olivia has known for a long time that she doesn’t enjoy her “dream job” and she isn’t passionately in love with her fiance. She doesn’t have the courage to admit this to herself until she makes a trip to her deceased mother’s hometown to honor her last wish by scattering her ashes there. Once she starts to get to know people and learns more about her mother, she slowly realizes that she may not want to go home.
I really enjoyed spending time with the characters in this story. I don’t know that I’d be friends with all of them in real life, but all of the “good guys” were quirky and a bit madcap. It was fun to see what silly things they’d do next, especially Olivia. Despite the small surprises, the overall plot was predictable. This book was your average romance with little to set it apart from other books in the genre. The “terrible wrong” referred to in the official blurb isn’t a big deal and the only part of the book I didn’t see coming was something I didn’t find believable when it happened.
The writing is good and I think the author’s creation of her main characters is particularly strong. The people characterized as villains are much less fleshed out though. They mostly feel like stereotypes. The main character is frustratingly stupid about her relationships, thoughtlessly doing things which are obviously going to hurt other people later. Despite my complaints about this story, I had a surprisingly good time reading it. I think as long as you go into it expecting a fun, light, predictable story and don’t mind suspending disbelief a bit, this could be an enjoyable read for you too.
Can you think of a book you’ve enjoyed more than you would expect given its flaws?