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For Lila, Forever

  

For Lila, Forever
 Winter Renshaw
April 25th 2019

 

The words “For Lila, forever” adorned the front of the envelope in blue ink, the handwriting all too familiar. But it didn’t matter what it said. I didn’t have the heart to open it.

We couldn’t be together.

Not after everything …

Leaving Rose Crossing, Maine was one of the most painful moments of my life—or at least it was until the day I came face-to-face with Thayer Ainsworth again.

After a decade of searching, he’s found me, and he wants to know why I quit my housemaid job and left his family’s island estate without so much as a goodbye. But I’m bound by a devastating secret much bigger than the two of us, and telling him the truth has consequences.

Looking into the eyes of the only man I’ve ever loved, I tell him the only thing I’m allowed to: never contact me again. And when he’s gone, I sit down and finally open his letter.

Only it isn’t a letter at all.

And it changes everything.

 

 

 

More and more I am coming to the conclusion that Winter Renshaw is one of these authors that is able to change her writing style like a chameleon giving her a huge range of possible ways to work with a plot. The fact itself is amazing actually – but when you find yourself reviewing one of her books because you had the amazing chance to get a review copy – well than that fact leads to the same range of ratings and just now when I finished reading “For Lila, Forever” I came to the conclusion that this was not my book.

For one – I somehow understood the timeline of the blurb differently than it actually happened in the book when it came to the “non letter” – in the blurb it sounded like a reason for something to get started when in reality it happened at the end as a final thing to make something solid …

Then there was the “secret” that was well – how should I phrase it – well – I kind of knew it before I even started really getting into the story.

The now and then writing style was strange when the prologue already told you too much – especially when the whole prologue was repeated again – it was like a double chapter somehow…

Then in the “now” time – I completely lost the “connection” between the characters. It was all about what happened in the past and the influence of the secrets … but in the grand total it felt like two old friends reconnecting and not like lovers reconnecting.

Some parts also felt stiff and disjointed, hurried even – I read several other books by this author so this feeling was new to me, it was – and I mean that in a respectful way – like this was more a good draft in need of polishing and not story wise fully finished book.

I loved the devotion of the male character – a rare trait – and I loved the female lead in the “then” chapters – the supporting characters were more confusing then helpful especially in the “now” chapters. The whole plot idea had this “civil war – plantation – south” feeling to me – half of the time I was expecting to read about a women in a crinoline coming down a grand staircase – don’t ask me why because the plot was nowhere near that.

So in total – I liked the plot idea and the setting – just the development did not work out for me in this book. I might be the odd one out there and I will never hesitate to pick up the next book from this author so if you think the plot is one for you I would never try to stop you from reading this one.

 

 

 

 

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