January 22, 2012

book review: scotland by starlight

In Nancy Volkers' Scotland by Starlight, the sequel to a Scottish Ferry Tale, Cassie Wrentham moves from America to Scotland to make it work with her on-off gentleman friend, Ralph. Trying to find a balance between love and independence, Cassie is afraid of jumping head-first into anything.

Through the book, she learns to deal with these reservations and appreciate the moment and what it has while she has it.

The story had nice moments. There was romance, good description and story-telling. And as someone who did not read the first book, I felt Volkers did an adequate job of catching me up on what I might have missed. I never felt like I was playing catch-up, which is good.

The Cassie and Ralph were the whole package: likable, interesting and entertaining. Though an older gentleman than the leading men I am accustomed to reading, I found Ralph adorable. He is kind, passionate, romantic and everything you could want. He definitely reignited my dream of landing a Scottish boyfriend. (Feel free to spread the word if you know any hunky Scot bachelors. I'd take a Brit, too.)

Like others have said, the book's epilogue was sad and unexpected. Both of those words only touch upon what I experienced reading it. I found it completely heartbreaking.

I'm torn on my thoughts about it. It evoked emotion, which was good. It was also beautifully written. But, without giving away what happens, it hurt to read (be prepared to shed a few tears). Ultimately, I don't know if it helped this particular story. I would have preferred to leave book two as it was and develop the epilogue in a third book.

Rating: 3.5 of 5

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