Many authors have a love-hate relationship with GoodReads the website where readers keep track of the books they’ve read, rate them and sometimes write reviews. An author has to learn very quickly to let many of the hard-to-take ratings roll off her back. I’ve certainly felt the sting of many reader ratings for various books of mine.
I’d like to share two of my favorite reader reviews for FALLING FOR THE MOM-TO-BE posted at the GR website.
I really liked Leif. He’s still grieving and has withdrawn from a lot of life, but he’s a good man at heart. He loves his hometown and has used his wealth for the benefit of the town. He is paying for the town mural and also plans to house the artist in his own home. He doesn’t expect her to be stunningly beautiful and to be attracted to her. He fights the attraction because he can’t picture loving someone else. It was a losing battle from the start, as his plans to avoid her crumble in the face of his craving to be near her. When he finds out about her pregnancy, his protective instincts come out.
Marta took the mural job because the idea fascinated her, and also because she needed a new start for her life. She had spent five years basically being supported by the man who was her benefactor as well as her lover. When she discovered she was pregnant, his response made her realize that they wanted different things from life. While she has not closed herself off to the idea of falling in love again, for now she wants to remain free. Her attraction to Leif is unwelcome because it reminds her too much of what she just ended. She was afraid of losing herself and her independence in a similar relationship.
I loved the growing relationship between Leif and Marta. She comes to accept the attraction more quickly and tells herself that she can enjoy being with him while keeping her heart free. I liked the way that she saw past the loner exterior of Leif to the loving man inside. Leif’s resistance folds gradually, as first he realizes he likes Marta’s company and presence in his home, then that he wants her in a way that he hasn’t wanted anyone since his wife. I liked the way they started out more as friends as they got to know each other. I liked seeing them appreciate the other’s talents, their similarities and their differences. Once the attraction flared up, things really started to move along. Marta’s feelings for Leif turned quickly to love, but she felt that she couldn’t fight Leif’s unwillingness to let go of his grief. Leif was surprised to find that his grief was growing less every day and that the idea of asking Marta to stay had greater and greater appeal. But their agreement had been no strings and he was reluctant to put his heart on the line when he had no indication that she wanted to stay. I loved seeing each of them have their “a-ha!” moment and realize what they were going to give up. Leif was especially sweet with his big moment.
I also enjoyed the conclusion of the story about the pirate trunks and the effect they had on the town. I liked seeing how various people dealt with the news. The section dealing with the treasure and the Indian burial ground was really interesting and I loved how it was handled. I hope that there will be a story involving Elke and Ben, because it seemed like there was something going on there.
*Copy received in exchange for an honest review.
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As you probably guessed, I did a whole lot of smiling when I read these reviews.
Thanks for letting me share!