Friday, December 28, 2012


Publisher: White Rose, Pelican Book Group

Date published: 11-02-2012
ISBN: 978-1-61116-242-4
Inspirational, Contemporary
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher


Miracles at Mills Landing #2
Rebecca Gillespie almost died in the tragic car accident that killed her husband and caused her baby to be stillborn. Except the baby did not die, it was adopted without her consent because of her mother-in-law’s fears. Now Rebecca runs a pre-school and all her spare time is spent trying to locate her child.
Cole Siebert is devoted to his adopted daughter Kimmy, all he has left after the tragic death of his wife. When he goes to register Kimmy at Rebecca’s pre-school he remembers the attraction he once had to Rebecca.

I chose this book because Mary Manners is a prolific author with a good reputation. Unfortunately I was disappointed. Stories like this give inspirational romance a bad name among readers used to publishers with more stringent editing rules.

The basic plot, although extremely predictable, was not bad. The conflict, both internal and external was minimal, but the characters were endearing and well drawn. The hero was charming, the heroine sweet yet strong, and the child adorable. 

Unfortunately it was all downhill from there. Some sentences were unnecessarily wordy, others were clumsy or confused. “trees swayed long a smattering of park benches”. In dialogue questions were asked but the “answer” was irrelevant. “Sugar?” “No. Black is fine.” There were plot holes. Her car is in the parking lot, she leaves in his car, yet she gets back there fine the next day with no comment in the story about him returning her to the parking lot or her catching a taxi etc. Most of these errors would have been so easy for a good editor to fix and that would have made this story so much better.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book. Miracles Available from All Romance Books


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