Friday, May 10, 2013

Review: Love's Stormy Gale

Love's Stormy Gale

Love's Stormy Gale

By Lynette Sowell

Blurb: Two years ago, Olivia Shea was trying on her wedding gown, dreaming of marriage and motherhood. But her fisherman fiancĂ© was lost at sea and Olivia fled, unable to stay in the New England fishing village. Now she's back in Fairport, determined to face her fears by working on a whale boat tour. But the charter's captain is the sole survivor of her fiancĂ©'s ill-fated voyage—a man of danger and memories.

Jonathan Barrotta's scars from the night he nearly died run as deep as the vast Atlantic. To prove himself and to honor his friend's memory, he vows to fulfill his dream of piloting his own boat. But a life at sea means a life without Olivia—the woman he's always secretly loved. How can he ask her to be a fisherman's wife? Only with the Lord guiding their way will Jonathan and Olivia chart a course toward home—together.
 
Genres: Adult, Christian, Realistic Fiction, Romance
 
Published: May 7, 2013
 
Series: N/A
 
My Rating: 2.5 stars
 
This book was...a book. (I know, I'm a genius.) There was nothing that made me want to turn the page, other than the desire to finish it so I could go on to another more exciting story. Harsh? Yes. But true. So why am I giving it the average rating? Because I have read books that made me want to chuck my iPad across the room, and this one didn't do that. I was able to read without getting mad at the book. But I was a tad bored.

Don't worry, I am not going to be completely brutal on this one. It's not a terrible book at all; don't get me wrong. But, adult romance isn't exactly my favorite genre. If you enjoy this genre, though, you may love this book. It just wasn't my cup of tea--no, take that back. It wasn't my cup of hot cocoa. I'm not a fan of tea.

Anyway, I found it cheesy. That's to be expected, of course-this is a Harlequin Romance for Christians, basically- but it's still not excusable.

Secondly, I was at times forcing myself not to skim, because honestly, I found Olivia to be very unlikeable. We get it; your to-be-husband died the day before your wedding. That is tragic; I am sorry for you. But that doesn't mean every single fisherman boyfriend is going to die like that, and it's not a good reason to refuse to date Jonathan. What happened was a freak accident. I got really mad that she was refusing to date him because of this, because it is obvious that they like each other a lot.

If you absolutely adore Christian romance, ignore this review, buy Love's Stormy Gale, and read to your heart's content. If not, take caution; this book may not be for you.
 
 

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