This is the third book in a series called Bridal Veil Island. It doesn’t seem you need the other books to really follow along thankfully. Probably the biggest problem is that it just isn’t interesting at all. The story and characters are just dull. On top of that the setting isn’t that interesting. I think it took me about a week to finish a book of the length that would typically take me to two or three days to read.
Callie has worked for the Bridgeports for a while. She teaches their children, and finds herself content with this despite her considerations to become a teacher in Africa. She meets Wesley who is running fro the wealth of his family in the search of something more, and when he meets Callie his first worry is being judged for the nature of his family. The two have their share of secrets between them. There are also plenty of strange people on the island including Maude, who has just moved in with the Bridgeports to help them as a nanny, and Archie who begins stalking Callie in the hopes she will change her mind about marrying him.
Even the twists that are supposed to be twists aren’t that much of a surprise. If you build a character up to be sketchy then the expectation will be that he is sketchy. On top of that there are many scenes that are drew out very long. Just when you think all the sitting and talking will end it just continues into something else. There has to be over ten pages of the characters just stressing about wedding planning, and while this might resonate with some who get excited to read about such a topic it is a real drag if that is not what you want to read about.
The characters are also really whiny about things. Callie has enough money to move to Africa, but yet her social status is one that is constantly talked about since she essentially works as a servant. Enough is enough if you just have mentioned it once, you don’t need to make it a constant train of thought inside the character’s heads. Another thing is that there isn’t much chemistry between Callie and Wesley. I just didn’t feel this need to urge them on into being with each other in the novel.
I guess I like my romance a little more darker, and not so Victorian, but that is just me. It’s too fluffy and perfect for me to enjoy, and I couldn’t tell you of anyone who has lived out a romance like this in real life. By the end everything seems to have fallen way too perfectly in place for the characters without the problems of compromise being in the way, and if there is any lesson to be learned from real relationships it is that there is a lot of compromise involved, and that isn’t a bad thing, but the real thing.
Rating 4 of 10.
This book was provided by Bethany House in exchange for a review.