Monday, June 11, 2012

The Return of Benjamin Quincy by Susan Lute

Title: The Return of Benjamin Quincy
Author: Susan Lute
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Ben and Sydney
Release Date: December 2011
ISBN: e-book
Publisher: Crazy Hair Publishing
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: mild

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

The Return of Benjamin Quincy
A Rosewood Novel
By Susan Lute
Story Overview: 
All Benjamin Quincy wants is to make a stable home for his ten year old daughter in the town he grew up in and left in bitter disappointment. Young and hot headed, he made a mistake. 
Eleven years later, he’s a divorced, single dad with a troubled child, and a lot to make up for. 
Sydney Marshall has finally snagged the perfect job at a coveted travel magazine in New York. 
Does she care that her ex has returned to the tiny town of Rosewood with a precious daughter who’s not hers? 
Does it matter that every time he comes near, her heat flutters madly like in the old days? No! Her bags are packed; plane tickets are stashed in her carry on bag; the adventure of a lifetime is about to begin. 
There’s only one problem. Life and Rosewood have a penchant for interfering in the best laid plans.

My Review:
This was a highly enjoyable read. The story fit right into what I like to read in my contemporary romances. Eleven years ago, Sydney and Benjamin were in love with dreams of leaving Rosewood and travelling the world. But then Sydney's father fell ill and her dreams fell apart. She didn't want that for Ben though so she sent him on his way and broke his heart. When she discovered she'd made a mistake, it was too late for them.

It's been eleven years and Ben has seen the world and decided that Rosewood's where he wants to be and raise his ten yo daughter. Sydney is finally on the verge of heading out and living that dream she abandoned so long ago. But now Ben is home and needs her help. He's bought the local paper where she's been working. The former owner was supposed to ease the transition, but a sudden stroke has waylaid those plans.

There's a lot to this book that I really liked:
*Ben and Sydney are both great characters and they both were hurt eleven years ago. As a result, they don't want to run that risk again. Sydney doesn't want to give up her dream. Ben doesn't want her to shatter his or his daughter's heart when she leaves.
*I liked the writing aspect of the story. Sydney is a travel writer (a bit ironic for someone who never left home.) She's worked freelance and for the local paper for a lot of years, but now she has the chance to go work for a glossy magazine in NYC.
*Lauren (Sydney's mom) & Meredith (newspaper former owner) - I liked what both these characters added to the story. They're best friends and they love Sydney.
*Isabelle- Ben's 10 yo daughter who is so vulnerable and hurt by her mother's defection. Through her character, the author was able to show great depths to the main characters. I really liked that.
*Small town life--- just a great way to write a story. Everyone impacts life in a small town...from the football games, to the library fundraiser, to the town newspaper. A small town adds it's own element to the story.

There were a few issues with the writing on this book, but for me the quality of the story carried the book enough that I could overlook that. I did enjoy reading this one.

Author Bio: 
Like all children of military families, Susan spent her childhood moving from one duty station to the next. An ardent student of human nature, she acquired a love for ancient history and myth, a fascination for the ridiculous and unusual, and is the first to admit, she still collects way too much useless information. 
These days, when not working as a Registered Nurse, she writes whenever she can. When not writing, her favorite things to do are spend time with family, read, watch movies, garden, take black-and-white photos, travel, and remodel her house. 

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