Thursday, March 29, 2012
Book Review of A Marriage in the Making by Natalie Fox
Author: Natalie Fox
Publisher: Harlequin Presents
Type of book: romance, island, separation, father-son relationship, adult, 1990s
Year it was published: 1997
The unmarried wife
Karis had been married once, and didn't intend to repeat the experience She was devoted to her baby daughter, and she loved working as a nanny to five-year-old Josh. She didn't need a husband--and, even if she did, Josh's father would be the last man she'd choose
But sometimes Karis felt more like Daniel Kennedy's wife than his employee. She shared a home with him, cared for his son...and found herself longing for his kisses And now Daniel was suggesting Karis share his bedroom. Would his next proposal be marriage?
The author does try to add dimension to the characters but the characters, to me personally, tend to be boring and predictable. Daniel's his fiancee's relationship barely makes any sense, especially when she seems to okay the cheating so to speak, and although Karis has a big heart, her story also had predictability to it.
Umm no idea what the theme should have been.
This is in third person narrative from Karis's point of view. There does seem slight realism, such as Daniel and Karis caring for children instead of forgetting them and talking about minutia details. Other than that, a little too much suspension of belief.
Natalie Fox was born and brought up in London, England, and has a daughter, two sons and two grandsons. Her husband, Ian, is a retired advertising executive, and they now live in a tiny Welsh village. Natalie if passionate about her three cats, two of them strays brought back from Spain where she lived for five years, and equally passionate about gardening and writing romance. Natalie says she took up writing because she absolutely hates going out to work! (Last time she wrote a book was in 2002.)
This was actually my very first romance novel which I read in either late 1990s, probably around 1999, or possibly in late 2000s. In a strange way I liked the novel back then. Reading it today, however, although it was enjoyable, there was a strange energy for me that drained me and it seemed to cause me to like the novel less. Although this is a romance novel, this isn't really what one is used to. A stereotypical romance novel has a number of sex scenes with vivid descriptions of emotions and feelings. This one only had one scene described in it. I also barely felt any chemistry between the characters and often wondered what is it that attracted Karis towards Daniel. Nothing about Daniel was likable for me.
3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)