Title: The Sweetness of Honey
Dark-haired beauty Indiana Keller buys a property in Hope Springs, Texas, for three reasons: to expand her vegetable business, to harvest and sell delicious honey from the property’s established bee colony, and to reunite with her estranged siblings. But her older brother Tennessee keeps his distance, even after Indiana hires his construction crew to fix up her cottage. It’s almost as if he shares her guilt over the disappearance of Dakota, their missing brother…
While Indiana tries to reconnect with Ten and find Dakota, two local men begin vying for her heart. Handsome, laid-back Will Bowman has a checkered past, but now he’s determined to get what he wants out of life…and he wants Indiana. Meanwhile, refined Oliver Gatlin can’t fight his own attraction to Indiana, especially since his brother also fell victim to tragic circumstances. Amid the raw natural beauty of Hope Springs, can Indiana’s broken heart finally heal enough to love?
Author: Alison Kent
Published by Montlake Romance Source: Publisher
Published: October 7, 2014
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This was my first Alison Kent book, and I have to admit, I wasn’t very impressed. While the writing style is superb (sentence structure, varying word usage, and other mechanics), the story itself was so slow that I put it down a lot. I was very bored, right from the first page.
The premise is a good one – Indiana Keller wants to reunite with her estranged siblings and heal from her broken heart. Hope Springs is a lovely setting; it’s peaceful and described beautifully. But I had absolutely no connection to Indy and I couldn’t believe that Oliver was hero-worthy. I liked how Indy’s relationship with Tennessee (her brother) started to mend, but this read more like women’s fiction. I was expecting a romance, so my expectations were set for a love story, when what I got was a tale of self-forgiveness. Not the worst thing that could happen, but I couldn’t get into it. There was no passion, no revelations, no…anything. Except, like I said, self-forgiveness. (Which is a great thing when there’s some sort of action around it. But in this story, there just wasn’t anything for me to sink my teeth into.)
The characters and pace of this story had me struggling to finish this book. I don’t think I’ll return to Hope Springs for a visit.