Winter Hopes, Seasons of Love: Book Two, Jennifer Gracen

 

Winter Hopes, Seasons of Love: Book Two, Jennifer Gracen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I loved the first part of this trilogy and was keen to find out what happens next.

Sam and Lydia are dating – long distance, meeting every other weekend with Sam staying in a hotel. Slowly Lydia is beginning to trust Sam and let him into her and Andy’s lives. Andy’s dad and her parents aren’t happy about her new relationship, for different reasons, but it all hits at her fragile self confidence….thankfully her sister is a tower of support as ever. Sam too isn’t getting support from his family, they fear he’s being used as a rebound. Even though they only want the best for him, I can’t help feeling they treat him as a child rather than a man of 35 who’s intelligent and perfectly able to look after himself. Then Sam does something that really shocks me, just after they first start dating. Major, huge, disastrous mistake in my eyes!!  I was waiting for some kind of back lash from it, it hasn’t happened in this part, but I can’t feel something so huge, so major, so potentially damaging to their fragile beginning will just pass unnoticed..
Its a great read again, and I enjoyed seeing them move forward, progressing in their relationship. Lydia has some tough times with Andy, both in and out of school when his speech problems frustrate him. I mentioned my granddaughter had similar problems. She had severe verbal dyspraxia, and spoke using only vowels and gestures to make herself understood, and as you can imagine it was very tiring and frustrating. She too was beginning to get into problems at school because of it, when thankfully she got her place in a specialist language school. Class of 9 pupils, two teachers, both qualified speech therapists. Lydia says to Andy when he comes out with a new word “ good talking”, and that is exactly what we were taught to say to Beth. She was scheduled for up to four years there, but progressed so fast that from having virtually no speech she was back in mainstream school after only one year, and leaping ahead as under that speech prob she’s incredibly bright. I feel Jennifer displays a personal knowledge of Andy’s problems, as so much of his behaviour rings true to me having been through it. That makes it feel so real, and I need that to enjoy a book. Too often big health issues are brought in and just glossed over, sorted in a very unrealistic simplistic way, and that just means I can’t take the whole book seriously, and thankfully that definitely not the case here.
What I missed though was the sense of real drama. The part that has me doubting they can make it, where I get so sad for them, and am on edge of seat hoping they can work things out. There were some hiccups, some small setbacks, but I didn’t feel anything major and I do need that for a five star. Hopefully book three will have some – never the less its been a great read gain.
Stars: Four, a great read not quite enough drama for five from me though.
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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