Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Sweet Carolina Morning by Susan Schild

2.5 Star

Finally, just shy of forty years old, Linny Taylor is living the life of her dreams in her charming hometown of Willow Hill, North Carolina. The past few years have been anything but a fairy tale: Left broke by her con man late-husband, Linny has struggled to rebuild her life from scratch. Then she met Jack Avery, the town’s much-adored veterinarian. And she’s marrying him.

Everything should be coming up roses for Linny. So why does she have such a serious case of pre-wedding jitters? It could be because Jack’s prosperous family doesn’t approve of her rough-and-tumble background. Or that his ex-wife is suddenly back on the scene. Or that Linny has yet to win over his son’s heart. All these obstacles—not to mention what she should wear when she walks down the aisle—are taking the joy out of planning her wedding. Linny better find a way to trust love again, or she might risk losing the one man she wants to be with—forever…

Kathryn - 2.5 Star

I must confess that I have not read the first book of this series and therefore I may be missing some key details on the history of the characters.  However, I must say that I didn’t feel I didn’t know the main personalities of Sweet Carolina Morning.  I think Susan Schild gave enough details to her story that I didn’t feel lost.

I didn’t however entirely warm to the people in this book. I felt a lack of connection somehow, particularly with Linny, which was frustrating as she was the centre of the story. There didn’t seem to be a big connection between her and Jack- I just didn’t feel it through the pages.  I could certainly appreciate their difficulties in trying to manoeuver their upcoming wedding plans around Jack’s son. I could also appreciate that Linny was trying to establish a bond with her future stepson while not upsetting his world.  But because of that focus I didn’t feel the bond between Linny and Jack as a couple, which was disappointing.

I really loved Linny’s sister and her mother was sometimes a fun light relief. I also embraced the animals, and particularly the dogs, because they meant a lot to the whole family.

I’m not sure I’ve quite put my finger on my lack of connection but I believe that though the plot is well able to stand alone from the previous novel there is perhaps a missing link for me with the bond between Jack and Linny- the romantic aspect.

Thank you to the author for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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