About this Book:
Raised by an unstable and controlling guardian, an over-protective brother, and a boat-captain grandfather, Collette Moreau’s upbringing has hardly been conventional. Seeking a more refined future, she sets her hopes on marriage to an English Baron’s nephew — a choice any woman would make.
When the wedding gets postponed, Collette decides to visit an ailing uncle and learns he’s not only been keeping family secrets, he highly disapproves of her fiancÃ©. He’s already engaged the services of the passionate Christian Jordan — suspected womanizer. Uncle’s plan is to induce Collette away from her betrothed toward Mr. Jordan, or, if necessary, toward Christian’s pious and meddling brother, the community parson.
But should Collette comply with this preposterous whim of some distant kin? What sensible woman would agree to be wooed by a possible Romeo or religious zealot when she’s about to wed Baron Kirkland Dewey’s distinguished nephew?
I’m honored to have Shirley Kiger Connolly here at FCB to share a little bit about herself. Thanks for being here Shirley!
FCB: When you reach heaven, other than Jesus, what Biblical character are you most looking forward to meeting and why?
Shirley: Though this is difficult to answer for there are so many, the first person that comes to mind is Ruth. I believe the reason it would be her is because Ruth made such good choices. She didnâ€™t have to decide to go with her mother-in-law; she didnâ€™t have to obey her mother-in-law and go humbly to work in Boazâ€™s field. She could have gone back to her own people. But she didnâ€™t. I loved her for her wise decisions; and I loved that the story of Ruth is an insight to us about redemption. I would love to be seen as a â€œRuthâ€ type, but unfortunately I donâ€™t always make choices that are best for me.
FCB: What would be the first question you would like to ask him/her?
Shirley: As a widow, Ruth, what was it about Boaz â€“ a much older and sure-of-himself man â€“ that made you fall in love with him?
FCB: What author dead or alive has been most influential in your life?
Shirley: There are actually three. Jane Austen definitely, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss â€“ because of her flowery way with words way back in the late 70s, and even Victoria Holt (not so much her writing, but the way she wove together her mysteries). I didnâ€™t include my inspirational author influences because there are so many.
FCB: We see a lot of advice out there for writers, but what advice would you give someone like me, who enjoys reading and writing reviews on a book? What makes a good review?
Shirley: Itâ€™s never easy to be a reviewer of books without being subjective. (I know.) I would hope the reviewer would be as objective as possible, not look at whether a story is good or bad just because of the subject matter but because of the style of writing and story itself. In my thoughts, I figure the reviewer will look to see how well the conflict fits in, that there is both internal and external conflict, that the message (regardless of whether itâ€™s inspirational or secular, has a moral lesson that can be learned). I would hope the reviewer will look for tight prose (wasted words take from the story), and last but not least (many writers might disagree with me on this), I would hope the reviewer would be willing to suspend belief enough to let the fiction be fiction (like is done in a classical movie). In other words, if the story isnâ€™t exactly accurate to the times, be forgiving. Fiction is Fiction.
FCB: Thanks so much Shirley!
I felt for the main character, Collette. She had been under a controlling and extremely difficult woman, Darnell, most of her life. Even as an adult when Darnell visited she attempted to control Collette, yet she maintained a good attitude. Thanks to this overbearing woman, Collette’s self-esteemed was extremely low and we saw it play out in her desire to settle for a man that kept postponing their wedding and treated her poorly.
My favorite part was watching the interactions between Collette and Christian. They both had preconceived notions about each other and they weren’t positive. It was fun to watch their interactions especially as they teased each other. Â One of my favorite sections in the story was the journey north to visit Collette’s uncle.
Overall I enjoyed watching the story develop, especially in regards to Collette’s character, she ended the story a better person than she was at the beginning, I always appreciate that. Â The only down side was the storyline between Collette and her uncle. I would have loved to have seen that story developed more, as it was it left me wanting to know more.
Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the author but I was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.
The Give Away
Shirley has been gracious enough to offer a copy Second Time Promise to one winner. Enter below!