at 17, Niki falls in love with her father's business friend Blair, 14 yrs older. He marries another, she's just after his money, Niki graduates college and takes care of him after his broken heart. Finally at age 22 he realizes he loves her too.
This book initially had me simultaneously rolling my eyes and gritting my teeth. In the very first paragraph, it launches into a tell-all description of the heroine—her quiet, shy demeanor and gorgeous appearance. She loved rocks. Men, not so much. She was an introvert, shy and quiet with people she didn’t know. She had a lovely face, a complexion like peaches and cream with long, soft, platinum-blond hair and eyes the color of a foggy September morning. Her figure was equally pretty. But she refused dates right and left. There was a man in her life. He just didn’t know it. He thought she was too young. Sadly, that didn’t keep her from longing for him. This passage spills everything about the heroine when we should be learning it from people around her. Then it describes her in a point-by-point fashion in a way more suited to a heroine from a classic fairy tale than a modern novel. It also makes her sound like a phenomenal beauty, one that most women might hate on sight for her oh-so-perfect looks. Finally, it gives away her feelings for the male lead—and all this in the very first paragraph. Literature writing 101: show, not tell. Where’s the tension? Where’s the anticipation? This isn’t a lead-in paragraph; it’s more like the blurb that should be found on the back of the book! Niki is a Barbara Cartland throwback with her limpid eyes, shy, genteel manner and jaw-dropping innocence on sexual matters. She really doesn’t see herself as beautiful and is covered in confusion when men make lewd comments or express admiration about her. She’s puzzled and woefully ignorant about all matters sexual, even though she has classmates who smirk at her naiveté. Didn’t any of them tell her anything about what men and women do together? She has a female housekeeper; why not have a frank talk with her about the birds and the bees? Blair Coleman remarks ad nauseum about her innocence until we wonder if he’s surprised or annoyed by it. (It was the latter for me.) Bashful ignorance is cute up to a point but it strikes me as something better suited to a Regency-era novel than one set in the 20th century. Obliviousness in a girl this age reminds me more of a Carrie White than a Mother Theresa. The author also needed to use a thesaurus; repeated usage of the word “cold” to indicate disapproval, hostility, disdain or anger was tiresome. How about “frosty”, “chilly”, “frigid” or “icy”? See, not so hard, was it? She also had a tendency to repeat passages as if the reader hadn’t picked up on certain things beforehand. Ms. Palmer also writes repeatedly about Blair’s black eyes. Humans can have brown eyes so dark that they look black but they aren’t actually that color. Human beings don’t have black eyes; such eyes would be distinctly unhuman, being all pupil, weird and creepy. I liked how the book took its time about the connection between these two main characters. People keeping apart because of a large age difference is something I haven’t seen since I read Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility”. But it could have been shortened without suffering any coherency of plotline or emotional drive. The errors I’ve stated above could have corrected too with just a little study and editing. When all is said and done, this novel is less than adequate in its depiction of a May-September romance.
Boring story. Can't understand why this book can be published.
Boring and predictable.
Poorly written drivel. Reads like a dick and Jane romance. Simplistic and stupid with smarmy characters and ridiculous dialogue.
What a great book!!!! alittle country and modern but a great story line. One of her best as far as Im concerned.
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