Monday, September 27, 2010

Book Review: Windfall

Windfall: Impulse\Temptation

Author: Nora Roberts
Title: Windfall
Publisher: Silhouette
Publish Date: Septemeber 2009
Rating: 3 Stars
Book Blurb:  Impulse

For once in her life, Rebecca Malone decided to follow her impulses, jettison the familiar and head to Greece to find adventure! So when a sexy stranger began to romance her, she couldn't resist playing the sophisticated, well-traveled woman. However, falling in love with Stephen Nickodemus was not part of the plan! How on earth could she explain to the man she'd given her heart to that she wasn't the woman he'd believed her to be? And then convince him that she was still the woman he loved….


Socialite Eden Carlborough didn't expect running a girls' camp to be easy, but she never thought she'd literally be run up an apple tree by the little monsters. She was equally surprised to come crashing down into the capable arms of orchard owner Chase Elliot. While her handsome neighbor's overbearing ways were highly irritating, his touch ignited feelings she'd never known. She never imagined she'd be so very…tempted!

Review: Windfall is a sweet set of early Nora Roberts stories for Silhouette. Both Impulse and Temptation are very sweet love stories, the kind that just about anyone can read without worrying about any real "smutty" scenes.

Impulse is a scant 95 pages. It is barely enough time to get to know Stephen and Rebecca, let alone believe in their happily ever after, but that's the point of these two stories in this book. These are love at first sight books and with Impulse that's what you get.

Rebecca is that kind of heroine that can only exist in a Silhouette Romance. She's in her twenties and has sold all her possessions to travel the world because she thinks she's too dull.  Ah, if only that were possible in real life.  I would give anything to go to London, Paris and Athens...and meet a rich guy and fall instantly in love.

This story is just a little bit too unrealistic to be great, but it is a sweet story and a very quick read.

Temptation is the story that makes this compilation novel worth reading.  It reads almost like a situation comedy at times. Eden is a rich girl, turned poor, who gave her last dollar to invest in her best friend's summer "girls" camp, which she's a riding instucture.

There's loads of fun with the girls at camp, specifically a 12 year old named Roberta, who it is impossible not to fall in love with. She stirs up all kinds of fun trouble and really is instrumental in getting Eden and Chase, the "apple man" together.

This story may not quite be love at first sight but the two get together over the summer, and nothing is easy for them. At first Eden is ready to try for a relationship and then her aunt shows up with her ex-fiance in tow. It makes for some interesting arguements and it was great to see Eden handle them like a strong woman and not some wishy washy girl out to do what might be best for her family's tattered image.

As always, there's a happily ever after that will make you smile.

Windfall was a cute set of stories by Nora Roberts and well worth reading.


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