The series is finally over and I’m a bit disappointed in it to be completely honest. Not that I wanted it to go on forever, but the ending was pretty lacklustre.
As I’ve said in the previous reviews, the author had died prior to publishing book 5 and Rose’s character had changed quite frequently. There is no consistency to her. As books 7 and 8 are considerably shorter than the earlier six, I feel like they could have been condensed into one single volume and cut some of the crap.
This is the “woe is me, nothing is going the way I want it to” Rose, following on from the brat and the studious character. She pines after Paul, but won’t force his hand, or try and make a go of things elsewhere.
The only stand out moment in this book, is a character called Gillette appearing, on page 156. We only find his name in a telegram to begin with, but he does become a part of Rose’s life. Obviously, considering she married him. (And divorced.)
But dear god, what an ass he is. I felt like reaching into the book and shaking Rose to try and make her see sense. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, whether the fact that I knew their marriage only lasted 9 years wasn’t influencing my thoughts of him. But he was a pretentious, cocky ass! He was written very badly and came across as a totally unlikeable character, against poor dependable Paul.
And whatever happened to Paul? Well, we don’t really know. I would have liked to have seen some sort of closure there. He just leaves.
But really, the book just kind of ends. It just stops. It doesn’t show Rose (happily) married, like her mother and grandmother before her (and probably her great grandmother and great great grandmother but I haven’t read those books.) It just ends with her running off to California to be with a man (call me old fashioned) that she barely knows. After harping on about Paul for the last half of the series. Jeez Rose, make up your mind. I was kind of thinking Mr Skidmore from the previous book might come back and we might finally find out his first name.
Overall? The series just falls a bit flat after the author dies. Sure his daughter and publisher/ghostwriter have done their best, but there’s something missing and the rest of the books have just been a bit dull. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend these. I will still be keeping them, but I prefer the Laura/Caroline books.
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