When Gabrielle “Bree” Valentine awoke in a hospital bed with a newborn baby, she centered herself and rebuilt. Bree didn’t think about her mental breakdown, lost memories, or the features of a stranger emerging daily in the face of the son she is raising alone. Five years later, on a weekend in the Hamptons, a chance encounter with a man unlike any other jars her—bone deep. Daniel Hawthorne Baird II, wealthy, dangerous, British aristocrat, gravitates to Bree like caviar on crostini. In his relentless obsession with Bree, their lives entwine despite Bree’s resistance. With the unconditional support of friends she calls ‘family’, Bree confronts the most difficult questions of her life. Unearthing the painful mysteries behind who fathered her child, who the real Daniel Baird is, and the irrepressible desire driving her towards a man destined to be the end of them both.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Nell E. S. Douglas has possessed a deep, abiding love for written words since childhood. The transition from reader, to writer, was a natural one. Her first stories, penned on the lined pages of class notebooks, were inspired by her mother’s poetry and epic tales of travel, and a professorial inquisitiveness inherited from her father. Following college in Florida, Nell exited the world of pure imagination, and entered the one of business, successfully establishing a career in sales, and developing a cup-a-day habit (of coffee). Today, Nell writes everything from story ideas to essays during the spaces in-between domestic goddessing, and contributing as a managing partner to a thriving small business. Nell resides in Florida, with her husband and their children, passing on the traditions of her mother, and sinking her feet in the sand whenever possible.
Her favorite books are Pride and Prejudice, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Her favorite movies are Gladiator, anything by Scorcese, The Time Traveller’s Wife, and Bridesmaids.
MY THOUGHTS -
I was not in love with this book - But still an OK read for the summer. I had trouble getting into it at first and couldn't connect with any of the characters (and some of them I actually hated). But I will say - it did get better after the middle! Quite a few reviewers liked the first half of the book better while I liked the last half LOL. To each their own.
As far as character development - it was good I just didn't like them! I liked Bree but actually hated Daniel, and I didn't like her friends either. I did like August and at times felt bad for him. Ian was another one I tried to like but he was just so over the top. I don't think I would have liked any of them in real life - and I have some pretty strange friends!
So not one of my favorites but still a good book to read and it did keep my interest!
I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours - Thank You!!
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