Review: Cape Cod Promises by Bella Andre & Melissa Foster
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I have to say that while I liked this book on many levels, I found that it didn’t meet all of the expectations that I had for it, but that tends to be the problem with second books in a series. After having read the first book the reader often expects to see more from the second and has a greater desire for things to be bigger, brighter, etc. While this was a pretty good read, I got frustrated a lot by both Trent and Reese throughout the story, and I often found myself muttering under my breath every couple of chapters. Part of the reason was because the entire problem between these two characters could have been avoided if they’d taken the time to just talk in the first place! Yeah, okay, in reality clear communication between two people is a challenge even in the best of times, but both Trent and Reese were so caught up in their own heads and problems that they didn’t once take the time to really sit down and listen to the other until they met up again ten years later on Rockwell Island. Course, had they hashed everything out right at the start there would have been no story, but seriously, I couldn’t help but shake my head over the reasons for their initial failure at marriage. And then when they finally have the chance to set things right between them, Reese would continually angst over their failed first attempt while Trent would go on and on about how much of an idiot he was and how it was his own stupid fault things didn’t work out between them. Um, hello, it takes two people to make a marriage work! And while I will give kudos points to Reese for admitting a few times that she was just as much to blame for things not working between them, I did want to slap her silly for all the other times when she’d turn around and lay all the blame at Trent’s feet for always being busy with his job. Hiss!
Which leads me to arguably the biggest issue that I had with this story: it was repetitive and, just like with the first book, there wasn’t much by way of any major conflict. And what conflict there was was too easily solved in the end. Given that this story was focused on a divorced couple looking to reconnect after ten years apart, I had rather hoped for a bit more depth with the plot and characters, but that didn’t materialize.
This doesn’t mean that the story wasn’t enjoyable at times. While I wasn’t personally enamored with Trent and Reese’s relationship, I loved the scenes where they would interact with their families and the residents on Rockwell Island. And this is what draws me to the series, I enjoy watching the family dynamics grow and change with each book. It’s what I enjoy in all family romance series, but particularly with this one. I love the Rockwell family, flaws and all, and after two books I’ve found myself caring greatly for every member of Trent’s family, especially Chandler. Yup, Grandpa’s managed to earn a special place in my heart after this book. I actually will be rather sad if in the end he dies because behind his gruff exterior is an intriguing gentleman. I really am looking forward to reading more about the Rockwell family, and though this book didn’t live up to my expectations, it was still a wonderful read overall.
So in the end, the second book in Andre and Foster’s series about the Rockwell family is, like the first book, a sweet romance when all is said and done. Readers who are looking for an escape from a crazy day, or want to curl up with a cozy read during a cold, rainy afternoon will enjoy this story. It’s a great continuation to the family romance series that these writers have created together, and I’m looking forward to watching the series and family grow in the remaining books.
About the Authors:
Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine “Red Hot Reads” twice and have been translated into ten languages. Winner of the Award of Excellence, The Washington Post called her “One of the top writers in America” and she has been featured by NPR, USA Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and TIME Magazine. A graduate of Stanford University, she has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences from Copenhagen to Berlin to San Francisco, including a standing-room-only keynote at Book Expo America in New York City.
If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors, hiking, swimming or laughing. Married with two children, Bella splits her time between the Northern California wine country and a 100 year old log cabin in the Adirondacks.
Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.
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