Friday, April 6, 2012

Uneasy Fortunes by Mandi Ellsworth

Uneasy Fortunes
Battered by his past, Pete knows he has no business falling for anyone. But when time can’t heal a wound, love steps in to make it right. Based on a true story of the post–Civil War South, this gentle rustic romance will pull you in from the first page and leave you with a renewed hope in the power of real love.

Uneasy Fortunes is a sweet, soothing story of love. It's lovely and will make you cry and smile within one sitting. It's absolutely beautiful. 

The characters are all brilliant. Pete is a sweet guy. He's quiet, hard-working, kind, and loyal. I adored him. He hasn't had the easiest life but he managed to move past it and become a lovely person. June is the same in that way. She has had horrors in her past but she wasn't able to move past them with the same finesse. She has trouble trusting, and rightly so, but Pete helps her move past those memories. Their love is beautiful. It grows slowly and realistically. They are perfect together. Pete is just the kind, trustworthy guy June needs and June is just the patient (mostly)understanding lady that Pete needs. They were so cute together. Gabe was such a cute kid. He'll win your heart whether you like it or not with his sweet, adorable disposition. The rest of the characters are equally brilliant, though I won't go into detail about every one. To put it succinctly, they are all well done. 

The story line is magnificent. The progression of even is slow and unhurried. Some might get impatient with it, but I thought it was the perfect flow for such a lovely story. The ending was sweet and beautiful. 

My only problem was the flashbacks. I knew that the characters' pasts were important and I had no problem learning them, but I didn't like how they took so much of the space that could have been used to move forward. I would rather have had the past quickly explained so that we could move on instead of the lengthy flashbacks. I get why the author did it and it wasn't a huge problem but it did bother me enough to knock off a star. About halfway through, maybe a little more, the flashbacks trickle down to a halt as the characters forget the past and move forward. I did like the effect that had. It was as if Pete and June were ready to move on and it showed in the way the book was written. 

Other than that, Uneasy Fortunes was beautiful. Both the cover and the title capture the essence of the book perfectly. The summary has it right when it says that this is a "gentle, rustic romance" because that was exactly what it was. It was soothing and beautiful and the ending will bring a smile to your face. 


Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!

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