John J. Smith; Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published December 21st 2009 by DRP (first published 2009)
Veronica, a widower from an abusive marriage, is all set to have a wonderful visit with her daughter, Jeri. It had been a year since Jeri moved away to college and Veronica cannot think of anywhere else she would rather be, but to spend a quiet and peaceful Christmas with Jeri.
Jared had thought his day had gone bad enough when his proposal to hire his consultants were put on hold, but then he is stranded in a blizzard when he discovers his rental has a flat and the keys are locked in the trunk. Then, to make matters worse, Jared is arrested by airport security when he catches the men’s room on fire only to be saved by his assistant.
When Veronica sees Jared walk into the airport terminal and sit across from her, her emotions run amok somewhere between loathing and love. He was the man, whom she had loved and had walked out on her. Jared on the other hand cannot do enough to heal the wounds. He wants to start over.
After an emotional battle of why they should not meet, Jeri is involved in a serious car accident, and while Veronica rushes the halls of the hospital she stumbles onto Jared where their present and past bring them together.
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Lovely cover, isn’t it? I loved it since I first saw it on of my random stalking sessions over at DRP.
I began reading this book convinced I’d love it, I’m not sure why. I mean, a good cover will always be more inspiring then a less then good one, of course, but it had to do with the fact I’d seen the author’s name on DRP; from what I’ve read so far by the guys over there, it’s a sure thing any reading experience tied to them will be a pleasure. I’m sure that it’s wrong to think so on some levels, but hey, that’s how it is. Somehow I was expecting literary pleasure, and high expectations have been known to harm things and experiences. Unfortunately, my high expectations worked against the book and not for it.
The story was interesting, I was into it. Of course, I knew I was in line for a happy ending, and I loved that. With some books you can just tell they’re about making you happy when they’re done, not leave you sad, and this one certainly gave me that strong impression.
I spent the time reading the first chapter laughing like crazy, and it may be horrible of me to have done so, but I’m not going to hide it. Poor Jared was on a constant mission to harm himself and his environment, with an awkwardness and bad luck that I just had to laugh about. It was like watching those poor victims on Candid Camera, you know? The sock thing was a killer – no, I’m not elaborating. You just read it for yourself, I mean I had a blast with that first chapter.
From there on, I expected the book to be that kind of contemporary romance story about people being brought back together by wacky situations and coincidences that’s written in a light, fun tone – it wasn’t. The tone of writing grew something of a factual quality that I do appreciate in many books, but only when it’s consistent from one end to the other. It felt to me like there was a sensible difference between the first chapter and the rest of the book, and I didn’t feel like I was having fun while reading it. Of course, you’ll say, stories about lost and found love aren’t supposed to be fun, they’re sensitive and emotional, but to me that doesn’t exclude fun. I’m very humor oriented, both in delight and in pain; I’ll crack a joke about the situation when I’m at my worst. So to me it’s very important that I have a light, fun experience when reading something that permits it, and contemporary romance certainly permits and goes awesomely well with it. Not saying it’s a must, you see, but if you start on that note, I’m gonna expect you to keep going in that direction.
The characters were consistent and they felt solid, but they didn’t charm me any. Though I was really into Jared after that first chapter, the feeling slowly dimmed as the story progressed. Veronica was likable, but I didn’t connect to her at all, to both hers and Jared’s feelings in fact. They were nice and well built and all, but I just didn’t click with them for some reason. Maybe it’s my winter belh mood, I don’t know.
But anyways, overall I say give it a try; it’s a lovely story about love, lost and found.