Three exceptional children, one feisty schoolteacher, a bounty hunter turned “retriever,” an unscrupulous man, and a jealous man make for one interesting book. Kidnappings, acting, gorgeous piano playing, inventions, romance, and all out brawls (from the schoolteacher no less) are all involved in this story. Will Charlotte convince Stone to let her keep Lily? Will they be able to keep Lily safe?
The characters were diverse, amazing, and well developed. I felt like I was right there with them, witnessing everything they saw and seeing them in the flesh.
At times the dialogue was hilarious, and at other times it was more serious. No matter the mood of the speech, I never felt pulled out of the story by unrealistic, or inaccurate dialogue.
There were a couple of times during the story, that the plot dragged a little or seemed a little off. One of my personal pet peeves is when romance authors have two characters meet and they fall in love super fast and get married even faster. This particular storyline isn’t as bad as some I have read, but it does still seem a little fast to me.
Over-all writing quality: 1/1
If there has been anything about Karen’s writing that has stayed the same in all of her books, it’s been her excellent writing quality. I know I can pick up one of her books and it will not be a fluffy piece of junk. It’s work the money you spend on it.
This book is 341 pages. I received it on Saturday afternoon, started it Saturday evening and finished it Sunday morning before church. I didn’t want to put the book down Saturday night, but since I had a long day and wasn’t sure if I was coming down with something, I forced myself to. And I was really glad our church starts later than most.
Except for my personal pet peeve, this book is excellent. I highly recommend it to anyone who has an afternoon to read. It’s easy to read and well worth it to see justice done for little Lily. The children were so well written, I could almost hear them playing the piano, reciting the book, and taking apart the clock. Karen did it again!
Note: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All comments are my own.