I love to read just about anything, as long as it's fiction. I read for me - that means I read what I want, when I want. My reviews tend to mostly be based on how I'm able to personally connect with the story/characters. They are not intended to influence someone to read, or not read, a particular book. I always encourage people to take a chance and make up your own mind.
Oh, and I love chocolate.
About a year or so ago, I went through a spurt where I read a lot of historical romance novels. Most seem to follow the same cookie-cutter plot, and I got tired of them and took a break. This is the first one I've read in a while. It was actually given to me as a gift for Christmas a couple years ago.
It wasn't an awful book, and I'm sure there are many readers who would love it. Unfortunately for me, it did follow the similar plot format as many of these historical romances - fall in love but deny it, believe the other doesn't feel the same, a major trauma happens to make them realize their feelings, don't tell the other person how you feel, misunderstanding happens, one leaves, then they get back together. Yep, that about sums it up.
It seemed redundant throughout most of the book - William is worried about the taxes and is still hurt over his late wife's betrayal. Julia prays about everything. It was starting to get a bit boring.
I also struggled with the religious theme. I'm not against inspirational books, and I've ready others before and have enjoyed them very much. However, this one seemed way over the top. I get that Julia was a missionary and it was a huge part of who she was as a person, but I would have rather the messages have been there without being so blatant or preachy.
I also would have rather seen more of the relationship as it progressed between William and Julia, rather than just hearing about some of it. And Williams relationship with his children. There are a few moments, such as when they go ice skating, and I would have liked to have had more of those.