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I was surprised to see this new release in the Mill Pond series, as it was fairly recently that I had read the previous books in the series, as well as an ARC of the most recent release at that time! That being said, this book really wasn’t that great.
We get new blood in town in the form of Joel and Adele, a middle aged father with his daughter that has Cerebral Palsy. I loved how Adele was depicted, and how the author chose to handle her disability and Joel’s reactions in regards to it. I also liked the fact that Adele’s mother was only mentioned in passing and did not make more of an appearance in the story. Joel’s new business was a welcome addition to the tapestry of the town and I liked how the townsfolk grew to accept and welcome them both.
Miriam was a bit of an unknown to me, because she didn’t seem to take a prominent role as a friend to anyone in the previous stories. I seemed to recall that she was mentioned in passing at best. However, I really began to hate her! She was so gun shy about relationships, she about killed her chance at one before it really got started! That made her a great match for Joel, due to his own issues with his relationship past, but it also made a romance between the two of them feel rushed and fake to me.
All things considered, I don’t think I’d recommend this series to others. I also don’t think this author is for me, and will be avoiding her in the future.
2 stars out of 5