Friday, March 11, 2011

"Serendipity" by Cathy Marie Hake


Book Description:

Todd Valmer should have known better. A farmer who's been through several disasters, he travels to Virginia to fetch his widowed mother to cook and help him around his Texas farm . . . or that was the plan until she keels over on the train and they get kicked off.

Maggie Rose barters for a living and also makes soaps, lotions, and perfumes with a special rose recipe passed down from mother to daughter for generations. She hasn't wanted to marry . . . until that handsome Texan shows up. Her heart skips a beat, and when he proposes, a hasty marriage follows.

What ensues, however, is a clash of culture and a battle of wills--and it's clear they both mistook instant attraction and infatuation for love. As their marriage loses its sparkle and fills with disillusionment, Todd and Maggie must determine what is worth fighting for. He dreams of a farm. Maggie wants to fulfill the family tradition with her rose perfumes. Todd's mother, however, has entirely different plans for her son that do not include Maggie.

In light of their hasty marriage and mistaken dreams, is there any hope of recapturing their love and building a future together?

My Thoughts:

This book was a bit strange for me.  It was like the main characters turned into two completely different people within the space of two pages.

The beginning was very hasty and full of tons of descriptions.  It got a bit confusing at times.

When Maggie and Todd got to Texas, along with the monter-in-law, I got more into the story.  They actually acted like normal people.  lol!  Even if their expectations were extremely of base.

I enjoyed the book more the farther into I got.

I've always loved Cathy Marie Hake so I feel weird with not liking this book a whole lot.  But there it is.

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