Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Summer Lovin' by Carly Phillips

This was the first book I have read by Carly Phillips and overall it was a sweet little story.

Of course, you all know how I hate reading books out of order... but this one was available on audio and its prequel, Under the Boardwalk, was not. So I offered it up and read the books out of order.

This story is about Zoe, who at 30 is being pressured by her family to settle down like her twin sister. Wow, could I feel that pain. It made me very sympathetic to Zoe as a heroine, but I really didn't like the hero. Let me rephrase, I liked the idea of him, a uptight, New Yorker who is tossed into a kooky family through a situation beyond his control, but the problem was I didn't believe that his actions were in character.

From the beginning I could tell that the story was going to have its moments, because there was a lot of "purple prose". Descriptions of things repeated over and over again with flowery words... adding nothing to the story itself.

The plot was decent, it only took me meeting the bad "guy" twice to figure out what the outcome was going to be, but the resolution was a good one.

Best parts of the book... the monkey and the little girl.

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