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For Now and Forever (The Inn at Sunset Harbor—Book 1) Kindle Edition
--Midwest Book Review (Diane Donovan)
“FOR NOW AND FOREVER is a very well written novel, describing the struggle of a woman (Emily) to find her true identity. The author did an amazing job with the creation of the characters and her description of the environment. The romance is there, but not overdosed. Kudos to the author for this amazing start of a series that promises to be very entertaining.”
--Books and Movies Reviews, Roberto Mattos
Emily Mitchell, 35, living and working in New York City, has struggled through a string of failed relationships. When her boyfriend of 7 years takes her out for their long-awaited anniversary dinner, Emily is sure that this time will be different, that this time she will finally get the ring.
When he gives her a small bottle of perfume instead, Emily knows the time has come to break up with him—and for her entire life to have a fresh start.
Reeling from her unsatisfying, high-pressure life, Emily decides she needs a change. She decides on a whim to drive to her father’s abandoned home on the coast of Maine, a sprawling, historic house where she’d spent magical summers as a child. But the house, long-neglected, is in dire need of repair, and the winter is no time to be in Maine. Emily hasn’t been there in 20 years, when a tragic accident changed her sister’s life and shattered her family. Her parents divorced, her father disappeared, and Emily was never able to bring herself to step foot in that house again.
Now, for some reason, with her life reeling, Emily feels drawn to the only childhood place she ever knew. She plans on going just for a weekend, to clear her head. But something about the house, its numerous secrets, its memories of her father, its oceanfront allure, its small-town setting—and most of all, its gorgeous, mysterious caretaker—doesn’t want to let her leave. Can she find the answers she’s been looking for here, in the most unexpected place of all?
Can a weekend become a lifetime?
FOR NOW AND FOREVER is book #1 in the debut of a dazzling new romance series that will make you laugh, make you cry, will keep you turning pages late into the night—and will make you fall in love with romance all over again.
Book #2--FOREVER AND FOR ALWAYS--is also available!
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- ASIN : B01KI9HO9W
- Language : English
- File size : 1980 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 172 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #541 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The heroine is extremely unlikeable, having spent the first 35 years of her life being "quiet, compliant Emily", in Chapter 2 she decides to be bitchy, judgemental Emily and maintains her unreasonable and unpleasant attitude for the next ten chapters (particularly towards the hero whenever he tries to help her). On several occasions Emily attributes her bad attitude to living in New York. After alienating most of the population on her first morning in town, she then wins their undying affection with one dinner party.
Impossible and odd thing have to occur to move the story forward, including among many others:
1) a car abandoned for seven years that starts and is driven for eight hours without the driver stopping for petrol (or food, or a toilet break);
2) a 35 year old woman who during the twenty years her father has been missing, has never visited his house, enquired about the building's upkeep, or thought about property taxes;
3) twenty year old tea leaves that make really good tea;
4) the completely ludicrous way the heroine gets a permit to operate her B&B.
Characters don't know things that they should:
1) the owner of a garage who doesn't know how to tow a car with a rope (he invited Emily to ride in his truck when she would have needed to steer her own car and apply the brakes to avoid rear ending his vehicle... it is not like a tow truck);
2) the caretaker who drains the (already drained) pipes to get water to the house;
3) and nails plywood over the windows inside the house (when on her arrival Emily had noted the closed window shutters outside)... Emily and Daniel (the caretaker/hero) nail plywood over the windows on the inside once again, in preparation for a storm.
Given the 52% of 5 Star reviews these things obviously don't bother some people but they are an exercise in frustration for me as each one forces me out of book world. I think the most jaw dropping example of the author's lack of care for her own story occurs on the last page. Emily has just finished clearing boxes out the first bedroom she is going to renovate for her new B&B, it has not been cleaned, nothing is painted, there is no furniture...
'Just then, Emily heard the sound of crunching gravel under tires. She and Daniel turned and saw an unfamiliar car driving up along the path. It stopped in front of the house, then a man got out of the car, dragging a suitcase after him. “Morning,” he said. “The lady at the general store recommended your B&B. Do you have any vacancies?”
'Emily’s heart leapt with joy. She glanced quickly at Daniel and grinned, before turning back to the man and, in her most professional voice, replied: “I think we can squeeze you in.”'
I'm thinking 'The Inn at Sunset Harbor' will get very poor reviews on Yelp.
Never really felt the romance, the relationship between Daniel and Emily is left open ended as well.
Emily wasn’t a strong character to me and how she reacted to Amy was just a bit mean.
Grabbed as a free read but won’t be getting the rest of the series.
Top reviews from other countries
Emily splits up with her long term boyfriend when she realises that he’s not proposing to her. She packs in her job, chucks her stuff in a suitcase & picks up her old car, which she’s not driven in years as her boyfriend preferred to drive them in his Lexus. Surprisingly her car starts first time. She drives 8(?) hours to Maine, without stopping for food or a break to get to her dad’s old house, which has been abandoned for 20yrs, so no gas or electricity (ie no heating or power). Everything’s covered in dust, but she climbs into bed & doesn’t have a fit of sneezes. Furthermore, after such a long time without food, she doesn’t feel shaky, dizzy or faint the next morning, but manages to do some cleaning/ exploring.
Daniel lives in the “carriage house” on the property, as the caretaker. He helps Emily on her first night by lighting a small fire in the living room & draining the pipes. He sounds quite dreamy & hunky, but she isn’t interested in him. He’s quiet & hard working, content on fixing up the house with her. He doesn’t seem to have another job, but has enough income to spend on the essential bills.
Both main characters have had troubled childhoods. Her father’s house in Maine brings back sad memories for her with her sister’s death & her father’s disappearance. For Daniel, the house, or rather, her father holds better memories. However, their love for the house is what bonds the two together... is it enough?
I downloaded both this & the next book for free when they came up on Bookbub. Hopefully book 2 will be a bit more realistic & Emily will act more her age!
Emily is fed up with her job in New York and disappointed by her relationship with boyfriend, Ben. So she walks out on both. She goes to her dad's house in Maine that no-one has stayed in for 20 years expecting electricity, water and gas to be on???? And she goes with no food or supplies of any kind?? I just find that unbelievable. Then she's cast out because she's not 'chatty' with the town's people but miraculously after one dinner party, they all love her, please.
There was a lot of build up and very little 'action', I suspect this is because it's the first in the series but I was desperate for something more exciting to happen but it just didn't. I kept coming up with ideas/ predictions of what might happen expecting the story pace to pick up but alas it didn't happen. I don't think I can read the rest of the series.