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Book Title: Paper Roses|
The author of the book: Amanda Cabot
Date of issue: January 1st 2009
ISBN 13: 9781441203649
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 627 KB
Edition: Fleming H. Revell Company
Read full description of the books Paper Roses:Aaaahhh what a beautiful book! Gorgeous cover! Dreamy title! Blurb that sounds just like my cup of tea! Christian romance! Yay!
I was expecting rainbows and sunshine, and instead I got heartache and nightmares.
Do not be fooled! Ignore the title! Ignore the cover! Ignore the blurb! IGNORE IT!!!!
I have no idea what in sweet heaven's name just happened, but I hated this book. At best, it was a boring story with good principles the characters had difficulty grasping, and at worst it was an annoyingly concocted tale of revenge and murder, with a mystery that made no sense, a feeble attempt at romance, and characters that drove me completely up the wall. Paper Roses was 75% annoying and boring, and 25% creepy.
First of all, there was little to no setting description, no real attempt to create an atmosphere, and the only moods established were on the one part a dreary sadness as depressing as staring at a fading yellow painted wall, and on the other a thirst for vengeance so corruptive it rivals that of any modern-day terrorist.
The heroine was a good girl, afflicted by a limp and bearing a heavy grudge against her father, and other than her incomprehensible partiality for Austin, I found nothing to really dislike against her although she was as interesting as a doorknob. She didn't have much personality, no vitality, she was sad and depressed all the time, she never smiled, in short, was just plain boring.
And her feelings for Austin? I'll tell you why they're incomprehensible. I definitely understand falling in love over letters, and wanting to marry the man who wrote them, but as a reader, if you never get to read those dashed letters, it remains a complete mystery why Sarah would be in love with Austin. So, when she learns that Austin is dead and grieves like he's been her husband for thirty years, it makes no sense because to us, she has never met Austin and doesn't know him at all. So, yeah, all that grief over him? Why, God? Why did you have to let him die? Yeah. ANNOYING.
I'll never understand why we were never privy to those darned paper roses (that's what she calls the letters, hence the title). Especially since (view spoiler)[It's not Austin who actually wrote them, it was his brother, Clay, who is now falling in love with Sarah himself! OMGGGGGG! Why the hell could we not read them! (hide spoiler)].
And now, we must add to that Austin's super top-lofty, boorish, thickheaded and STUBBORN brother, who just happens to be one of the worst heroes I've ever had the displeasure to encounter. Look, I love a stubborn, mulish man as much as the next gal, but him, he had NOTHING of the hero about him. Nothing. He was disagreeable, foolish and so damnably bent on revenge that it became completely insupportable. Hi self-appointed mission is to refrain from eating, sleeping, laughing, and being normal until he finds Austin's murderer and kills him.
That's where the creepiness creeps in. Maybe it wasn't a good idea to be reading this while watching an episode of Forensic Files about a severe case of cold-blooded overkill, and maybe that's what affected my mood so much, but nevertheless, the fact is, after all the sadness and grief and boringness, I just wasn't prepared at all for the major twist at the end that felt completely out of place and plain random, not to mention totally ridiculous. It was bloodcurdling, and so dashed unnecessary.
I think I need to shelf this in the "horror" genre.
And the romance?! THE ROMANCE?! Someone please tell me where it is. I can't find it. There was NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING, and I repeat, NOTHING, romantic about this book. Did I say nothing? NOTHING!
All the hero was thinking about was his blasted revenge, and all the heroine was thinking about was her little sister.
Which reminded me why I used to dislike children in romance novels. Because they suck the H/h's attention and derail the focus of their relationship to bring attention on themselves. In this case, Thea was a cute two year-old, but just that a cute two year-old. I have no idea why the heroine went to so many lengths to ensure that her sister knew what was going on, BECAUSE SHE WAS ONLY TWO! I don't know about y'all, but when I was two, I was - oh sorry, right, I can't remember what I thought when I was two, BECAUSE I WAS ONLY TWO! Sheeeeeeeesh. Start focusing already, Sarah. Thea will be happy with you as long as you take proper care of her, but for heaven's sake you don't have to be stressing about her future the way you would if she were of marriageable age.
Ladies and gents, I don't know what happened here, all my friends loved this and heartily recommended it, I was so excited for it, but...no. Just no. It was horrible, from start to finish, and don't even ask me why I read it all.
The ONLY reason it's not getting a 1 star rating is because some of the Christian beliefs and principles were worthy of notice, and the importance of forgiveness was duly heightened, but don't let's talk about the sudden "conversion" of the hero, or I shall really explode.
Scattered Petals or Tomorrow's Garden down the road? I don't know. The covers are once again so enticing...but I've seen what comes of trusting covers...and friend recommendations ;) To those who told me this was awesome, you owe me :P
And now, please, someone please comment below and tell me what made you like this book, because I can't for the life of me understand why it has so many high ratings.
Read information about the authorWith both parents avid readers, it's no surprise that Amanda Cabot learned to read at an early age. From there it was only a small step to deciding to become a writer. Of course, deciding and becoming are two different things, as she soon discovered. Fortunately for the world, her first attempts at fiction were not published, but she did meet her goal of selling a novel by her thirtieth birthday. Since then she’s sold more than thirty novels under a variety of pseudonyms. When she’s not writing, Amanda enjoys sewing, cooking and – of course – reading.
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