Sunday, July 31, 2011

Review: Love Never Fails

Author submission in exchange for an honest review.

Love Never Fails
Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy
Release Date:
May 29, 2011
Rebel Ink Press
Word Count:
approx. 58,000
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Old love sometimes fades away...

When a late night phone call from the former love of her life interrupts both her sleep and her otherwise quiet existence, Caroline Cunningham finds she can't refuse Reid Ramsay's request for help. As the call pulls Caroline back to her small hometown and into the heart of the search for Reid's missing brother, Caroline finds the feelings she thought she'd buried where Reid was concerned are indeed alive and well.

And sometimes it refuses to die...

Reid Ramsay is still in love with Caroline Cunningham. As they work together searching for Reid's brother, Reid and Caro finding themselves attempting to rebuild the life they once shared together. But their future remains uncertain. Before they can find the happiness they seek, each must work through the emotional baggage of the past and test the theory they desperately hope rings true.

Laura’s Review:
If you’re looking for a story about lovers who have a huge misunderstanding, end up apart, and then find each other again, only to pick up where they left off, then Love Never Fails is the book for you.  

Reid and Caroline were high school sweethearts.  They were determined to get married, but Caroline’s aunt Julia thinks it is better that they are apart, especially after Caroline has a miscarriage.  Caroline, of course, thinks Reid has betrayed her and no longer cares, so she packs up and moves to California.  In California, she pines away for Reid, dwelling on the past, and not really bothering to get out of her funk.  Back in Missouri, Reid is broken up about Caroline leaving.  But when his brother Ross goes missing, the first person Reid thinks to call is Caroline.  Even though they haven’t talked in 5 years.  Of course, she packs up and flies to Missouri.  Somehow, Reid and Caroline manage to pick up right where they left off, with only a few hours devoted to discussing what actually happened and what went wrong.  There’s a little bit of insecure female and stubborn male, mutual worry over Ross, and the fact that saying “I’m sorry” automatically qualifies you for forgiveness.

This story did absolutely nothing for me.  I found it a little bit far-fetched, and I found the characters to be lacking in depth.  It was so sickly sweet at times that I found myself wanting to call a dentist.  Caroline had all of the traits I despise in romance heroines – dependency on a man, excessive emotion, irrational jealously, and a 1950s mentality that her job is to take care of her man.  It took me forever to get through this book, because it just didn’t hold my interest.  Most definitely not the book for me, but I still urge you to give it a read and form your own opinion.

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