Welcome to Storybook Lake, where dreams come true.
Not all fairy tales have a happy ending. Jocelyn learned that the hard way, when she married her high school sweetheart Keaton Shaw—only to have him break her heart.
But that was a long time ago. The papers were signed, the divorce finalized, and Jocelyn is no longer a little girl with her head in the clouds. That’s why no one in Storybook can believe it when Keaton, the All-American dream boy, walks into Jocelyn’s bakery, looking as sweet as one of her frosted cupcakes, and demanding a second chance with the woman he still calls his wife.
Every time I choose a book to read, I do so with the consideration, that I will invest my time on it, and I wish to invest it wisely, so I want to like the books I read.
This story is a mess. Mainly for the reason that the heroine Jocelyn is a mess, a train wreck really. The story is told in first person, by only from her point of view, so it is her mess that the readers see and experience.
The story goes back and forth between present day and the past.
Jocelyn is abrasive, loud, and obnoxious, both as a teenager and as a thirty year old. I tried so hard to like her, but I couldn't find much there to like.
I did like Keaton, all the way to the end, when he finally comes clean about the past and the three years they had been apart. But what he did, was just not acceptable in my mind.
And I don't even want to start with Dani, all I am going to say, that I wish the story would have shown her getting some much needed professional help.
There is so much drama, angst and turmoil, just in between Jocelyn and Keaton, both in the past and the present. And when you add to that the all details that are shared from Jocelyn's twin brother and mother's lives, it is just overflowing.
This is the first time ever, when I have read a romance novel, that I wished the hero and heroine would have walked away from each other, because they seemed to bring the worse out on each other, and I just couldn't see how the actions of the past could have been forgiven and forgotten and moved on, towards a healthy relationship. As that was not the case, maybe an epilogue could have saved me from all the doubts the story left.
In any case, obviously, this story wasn't for me, no matter how hard I tried to like it
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me