Cedar Cove, Book 1
Category: Chic Lit.
Overall Rating: 2.8
- Captivation: 2.5
- Relatability: 3
- Romance: 3
- Enjoyment: 2.5
- Literacy: 3.5
Book Description: Olivia Lockhart
Cedar Cove, Washington
You don’t know me yet, but in a few hours that’s going to change. You see, I’m inviting you to my home and my town of Cedar Cove because I want you to meet my family, friends and neighbors. Come and hear their stories—maybe even their secrets!
I have to admit that my own secrets are pretty open. My marriage failed some years ago, and I have a rather…difficult relationship with my daughter, Justine. Then there’s my mother, Charlotte, who has plenty of opinions and is always willing to share them.
Here’s an example. I’m a family court judge and she likes to drop in on my courtroom. Recently I was hearing a divorce petition. In my mother’s view, young Cecilia and Ian Randall hadn’t tried hard enough to make their marriage work—and I actually agreed. So I rendered my judgment: Divorce Denied.
Well, you wouldn’t believe the reaction! Thanks to an article by Jack Griffin, the editor of our local paper (and a man I wouldn’t mind seeing more of), everyone’s talking.
Cedar Cove—people love it and sometimes they leave it, but they never forget it!
See you soon….
Captivation: I liked the idea of the story, but after the first chapter found myself confused. After the second chapter, I’d begun to wonder if I’d bother to finish the book. I found there were several boring parts and was tempted to skip frequently.
Relatability: The book, town, and characters are fairly relatable for most part. Initial character personalities and reactions to events around them seem on-par with standard psychology for different personality types. There were several contradictory and random changes to the character reactions as the story lines moved on, however.
Romance: The book is very disjointed, implementing multiple couples, families, and relationship – several parts of different stories thrown into one book. I did not like the constant switch of characters and non-resolution to the multiple plots. 2 of the plots semi-resolved, with a sense of to-be-continued.
Enjoyment: Read more like a day-time soap opera where it temporarily focuses on each different character and family. Each episode tells just a minute part of the story… except that this story skipped some of the episode scenes for the main plot in order to resolve an ending. Found a lot of parts very boring.
Literacy: Though the editing and grammar in this book are well done and would normally rate a 4.5 with very rare instances of error, the writing style of this book makes it difficult to read and keep everything straight initially. The book contains an overwhelming number of plots, characters, and semi-supporting characters.
Overall, I found this book extremely disappointing given reviews of the author over all. The characters were at times extremely relatable; and then extremely frustrating as they reacted in overly-dramatic ways, feeling truly like a day-time soap rather than real life, continuously relatable characters.
Overall: I cannot recommend this book or series. I attempted to continue reading through the next books in the series in hope that the style changed enough to entice me further, however, the rating values and reviews remain pretty much the same.
Due to the low-rating for this book and the subsequent books in the series, I will not write an additional review for the additional books. I will not give up on the author given positive ratings on other books, however, this series was entirely unimpressive for me.