I really wanted to love this one, the premonitions made it sound like we were going to embark on a magical journey. And there was a bit of magic, but it took the backburner to the storyline, and that’s okay, but…
The repetitiveness of the storyline was too much. We knew that Jules loved her fiance and that she was excited to get married. We knew that she was emotional and loved to talk about their sex life. But every conversation with Evie centered on those elements, every-single-time. The same goes for Evie and her animals. Her love for her animals shined through, they helped her get through the tough times in her life, but it was the repeated day to day of it, the same scene repeated in numerous chapters that became too much.
The blurb focuses on the DNA test which doesn’t come into play until the last quarter of the book. I often feel let down when a blurb is so misleading and I feel that’s exactly what happened here. There’s such potential for a good book underneath all the repetitiveness that didn’t move the story forward but rather just stuffed the pages.
I did like the alternating timelines, the backstory that revealed itself slowly over chapters to eventually tie into the main storyline, it was unique and engaging. That story was solid, there wasn’t an issue of repeated scenes, and if the rest of the book could be written as smoothly, it could be a 5-star book. The elements of premonition, of the fun Evie’s mother and aunts, the relationship Evie has to her sister, they would really make the book stand out with some editing.