Author: LuAnn McLane
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Cricket Creek #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format(s): Paperback (304 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
Cricket Creek, Kentucky, is a sweet river town known for its theater, shopping, and cuisine. But tough times are affecting the residents of the local retirement community—until a handsome hero shows up
Savannah Perry loves her job as social director of Whisper’s Edge, a retirement community on the picturesque waterfront of Cricket Creek. Raised in foster care, twenty-nine-year-old Savannah feels treasured and loved by the retired residents, who treat her as their adopted granddaughter and rotate having her over for dinner. But the community is struggling to stay afloat financially—until Tristan McMillan swoops into town, rescues a dog, and, well, saves the day
Business-minded Tristan bought Whisper’s Edge from his estranged grandfather to prove his worth to the curmudgeon and to turn a quick profit. He never expected to fall for the charms of a village of crafty retirees—or to fall hard for a small town girl like Savannah. Suddenly the man who knows all about making money finds himself needing lessons in love and what really matters in life
What Ang is talking about:
Whisper’s Edge is part of the Cricket Creek Series, and although I was completely unfamiliar with the series it didn’t keep this novel from being fun and engaging. The back stories of the other characters weren’t overwhelming or distracting from the main storyline, always a plus when one comes in in the middle of something.
The synopsis tells us this story is about Savannah and Tristan; however, I felt like Kate and Ben’s tale was just as strong of a storyline, which was why I was disappointed when Kate and Ben’s story stopped so suddenly, and why I found it frustrating that we never really deal with their story completely. Maybe Ms. McLane is planning to save them for her next novel, but if that’s the case then they should have been introduced and given the role of secondary characters rather then having so much of the novel focus on them.
Another issue I had with the book is the lack of in-depth background for many of the characters. For example, we never really understand Tristan’s issues with his grandfather or his lack of a father, or why it is that Savannah, despite a difficult youth in foster care is so optimistic and upbeat. There were a lot of holes in the background that I would have like to have seen addressed. I would have better understood them being glossed over if the novel was running long or a slow read, but neither were the case with Whisper’s Edge. So it felt like Ms. McLane teases us without really giving us any answers, something that never sits overly well with me in a book.
Despite all of my issues, I must admit the book was enjoyable, light-heated and a perfect pool side read. It was super sweet, surprisingly funny, and poignantly real in its depth of emotion. I felt like it captured the struggle of life and love, and the baggage of both without getting overly heavy. It made me laugh out loud several times and was a lovely diversion into a quaint southern town for an afternoon. If you’re looking for something to take to the beach, pool or read while waiting for the kids’ summer activities to finish, then this Cricket Creek Novel will work perfectly. Enjoy!
Liked it, but I had some issues – recommend (B)