Wednesday, November 26, 2014

At Bluebonnet Lake by Amanda Cabot

About the Book:

Her life is set to warp speed. His is slowing to a crawl. But love has its own timing.
Marketing maven Kate Sherwood's world is fast-paced, challenging, and always changing. The last thing she wants to do is grind to a halt at Rainbow's End, a dilapidated resort in the Texas Hill Country. Still, she cannot deny her ailing grandmother's request to visit the place where she and her deceased husband spent one glorious week fifty years ago.

There, Kate meets Greg, who appears to be the resort's unassuming handyman. But there's more to Greg than meets the eye--billions more, in fact.

Kate isn't looking for romance, but she can't deny the sparks of attraction that fly every time she and Greg are together. Could there be a future there? Or will Kate's long-sought promotion take her back to the big city?

Amanda Cabot invites you to step into a place away from the pressures of the day. You might be surprised by what you find at Rainbow's End.

My Thoughts:

I have a feeling I'm not going to be making many friends with this review, but I have to be completely honest, no matter what others feel.  And it's not like I strongly disliked "At Bluebonnet Lake".  I just didn't fall in love with it.

This is the first novel I've read by Amanda Cabot, so it could just be a matter of taste.  I enjoyed the first few chapters, and the ending was satisfying, if not predictable.

It was the middle of the book I didn't really enjoy.  I felt like I was reading something along the line of "Groundhog Day" just kept repeating over and over and over....waiting for someone fictional to 'get it', and then we could reach our conclusion.

I know, I know.  That sounds harsh.  But it's true.  So much felt repetitive that I found myself skipping entire pages trying to pick up the pacing a little.  And it could have been so much more with just a little fine tuning.

For instance, tell me more about the townspeople and where they came from, how they built their businesses, and why they were fighting so hard to remain.  I loved Sam and her custom boots...would have loved more about her.

Kate and Greg were both in limbo career-wise and even relationship-wise.  So maybe we were meant to feel that same limbo sensation.  If so, then the book was successful.  But instead I just wished for around 50 or so pages to be edited so I could get to the meat of the story.

My thanks to my friends a Revell for my copy of "At Bluebonnet Lake" in exchange for an honest review.  I'd recommend you borrow a copy from someone and see what you think.  I still may continue the series with the next "Texas Crossroads" novel...we'll see.

Happy Reading!



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