March 15, 2013

Book Review: Some Kind of Wonderful by Barbara Freethy

Hello and Welcome to another free form review. This time I'm talking about Some Kind of Wonderful by Barbara Freethy. It tells the story of Matt Winters an investigative reporter that moved back to the San Francisco area where he grew up in hopes of finding his younger sister Sarah, whom he hasn't seen since they were split up as kids in foster care. 

After a few weeks he hasn't made much progress, until the night he finds a baby in the hallway of his apartment building. In a panic he knocks on his neighbor's door - thinking the baby is hers - and meets Caitlyn Devereaux. Caitlyn manages to get the baby to stop crying and finds the note explaining that the baby is Sarah's daughter and that Matt is supposed to take care of her. 

From then on, Caitlyn and Matt's lives become intertwined as they struggle to take care of the baby and to find Sarah. Caitlyn is dealing with her own drama as her ex-fiancĂ© has just returned from the East Coast and is keen on rekindling their romance, even if Caitlyn isn't so keen. 

Some Kind of Wonderful sounded like a really good story in theory but in the end it just wasn't as good as I hoped it would be. Firstly, I feel like I should point out that it was first published in 2001, and it shows and not in a good way. The whole story feels quite dated. 

Matt and Caitlyn were nice enough but at times it felt like the story was more a mystery than a romance and it wasn't a particularly compelling mystery (you know, the whole What Happened to Sarah? thing).

I guess that I just didn't mesh with this author's style. It was okay, the writing was good, but it wasn't particularly compelling. It didn't have that something that makes a story particularly memorable. 

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