About the Book:
Miss Gertrude Cadwalader hoped her position as the paid companion to Mrs. Davenport would be easy. But as she becomes acquainted with her employer, she realizes the wealthy Mrs. Davenport has a strange tendency to be a bit light-fingered with other people’s trinkets. Gertrude is relieved when Mrs. Davenport decides to have a quiet summer away from the social scene–until the woman changes her mind in order to help a young socialite launch into society.
When Gertrude is caught in the act of trying to return one of the trinkets by Mrs. Sinclair, the mother of shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair, the woman jumps to an unfortunate conclusion. Harrison is determined to mend fences with Miss Cadwalader, but he’s unprepared for the escapades a friendship with her will entail.
My Review: The book starts off well. Gertrude is frantically looking for her employer– an older woman who has a terrible habit of coming into possession of things that don’t belong to her…
At first I thought, “This book is going to be good…” There was a lot of potential for humor, and creative characters. But… as the story went on, that’s all I saw: Potential.
Which is great, this author has great potential! She sets up scenes that are amusing, but really the characters are what I don’t like. As weird as it may sound, her characters talked way too much. Instead of having things happen, they only talked about things happening. In really long paragraphs. It was disappointing. I want to be where the action is, not reading about the characters talking about the action. The whole book seemed to be this way.
There were, in my opinion, too many characters as well. It could be hard to keep track of them all, and some of them seemed a bit unnecessary. (This is a book in a series, so maybe if I had read and ‘knew’ the other characters it would be easier to keep up with them.) That’s actually another thing I didn’t like so much about this book, it felt like a lot had happened and I would have known the characters a lot better if I had read the other books. Maybe that’s my bad though.
All in all, the book seemed to be very slow. Instead of action there was talking… instead of resolving problems by taking initiative and doing something, they would instead have extremely drawn out conversations about said problem. Honestly it made me think of an author trying to get a word count down, instead of having the polished final draft…
But like I said, I could tell the author had a lot of potential to be a hilarious author with a good story, this just wasn’t the best thing she could create. I’m not trying to be mean, but be truthful and maybe encourage her… 🙂
I got this book for free from the publishing company.