Jennifer Lohmann Ù 6 reviewOng overdue conversation near the end that had me choking back tears In act the amily angst was the best thing about the book and it was really really good In addition to the sections about Renia s mother there s the stuff with her birth daughter This is developed really slowly and Lohmann doesn t
it into some sort of insta connection It realistic both painful and hopeful at the same time and I really liked it I also liked Renia s relationship with Sarah Miles daughter in whom she sees bits of herselfI was a bit less enthused by the romance Renia uestions whether Miles loves the real her or whether he s just reacting to his old crush on her 16 year old self and I must say I uestioned that at times Also although Miles was pitch perfect most of the time always being very accepting of Rey s past and her current issues there was that ight at the end which seemed to show that deep down he wasn t uite as accepting as all that I m in two minds about that On one hand I liked seeing he wasn t uite perfect but on the other that might have come a bit too late in the book and he didn t uite redeem himself rom what I elt was a really mean almost unforgivable thing to sayOn the whole though I really enjoyed this The writing is good and The Seduction of Miranda Prosper flows smoothly and the pacing is generally good as well There s a bit of a draggy section round the middle but things got going again soon after and I raced to the endMY GRADE It s a B It was ok but not compelling I was not glued in It s womensiction than romanceThe majority of the story is about Renia s grief self doubt and related issues She was pregnant at age 16 gave the baby up The Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy for adoption and is still grieving about it 18 years later She has never been in love The reason was not explained other than it was somehow related to her messed up mental state Apparently theew times she was involved with men she did not treat them well and uickly broke up with themMiles had a crush on Renia when they were in high school He is recently divorced and their paths cross He now acts on thatMAKE IT INTO SOME SORT OF INSTA CONNECTION IT
Crush Renia Treats Him Bad But HeRenia treats him bad but he his pursuit and she softens toward him That was the best part of the story It brought the book into the romance category but their relationship elt like a secondary story More time is spent on other relationships like Renia wanting to meet her adopted daughter Ashley things going on with Sarah Miles 16 year old daughter and Renia s troubled relationship with her mother I enjoyed things happening between Sarah and Renia It would have been neat if happened with the adopted daughter Ashley This is or readers who are in the mood or problems and emotions surrounding giving up a child or adoptionThere were three brief sex scenes I don t recall any emotional reaction to themDATANarrative mode 3rd person Story length 298 pages Swearing language strong but not often used Sexual language mild Number of sex scenes 3 Setting current day
CHICAGO ILLINOIS COPYRIGHT 2013 GENRE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE I ENJOYEDIllinois Copyright 2013 Genre contemporary romance I enjoyed story uite a bit The realistic aspects of adoption divorce and childhood trauma were very believable and set the stage Elizabeth I for both characters personalities However while I liked seeing Renia come out of the secretive shell she d wrapped around herself Ielt like many major issues resolved themselves too uickly Her issues with her mother were deep had been estering or years and seemed to be wrapped up much too uickly I also had a hard time believing that Miles really understood how wrong his actions were and have a har. To Renia Milek back then but he definitely does now And that's not the only thing that's changed Gone is the rebel Renia used to be In her place is a beautiful woman who's reserved cautiousand holding on to secrets For Miles this second chance This book made me emotional
in a good way I m not a crying sort of reader It rarely happensa good way I m not a crying sort of reader It rarely happens
there are moments in this story where I was reading with a lump in myare moments in this story where I was reading with a lump in my and I really think that s on the strength of the heroine Romance as a genre tends to spend an inordinate amount of time and energy ocusing on hunky beefcake heroes who are emotionally screwed up because their Mama Daddy Brother Pet Goldfish didn t love them enough Yeah heroes are great but romance works because at the end of the day it s the heroine s journey It s a genre that relies on studs or the sex appeal but it gets its running legs rom the heroines Renia drives this story Renia pretty much makes or breaks this story And in my opinion She makes it She s stellar Why is it we have such negative eelings about women who give up their babies even when the child now grown could never have had a good life other than with the people who raised her Answers to this and other hard uestions are demanded when Renia s back story is revealed and why she has closed herself off to closeness with anyone ever since The climax when she confronts her mother who sent her away and Miles acts like Renia is again undeserving of his trust came too soon The Everyman Book of Nonsense Verse for me I could have read at least another 100 pages My copy of The First Move was provided to me by the Jennifer Lohmann herself after I tweeted her to ask whether she knew if the e version would be available in the UK I d read Wendy the Superlibrarian s review you see and it sounded like just my sort of bookRenia Milek s world was crushed when she was a teenager when herather grandfather and one of her brothers were killed in a car accident Her mum withdrew into her own head and Renia Rey as she called herself then reacted by acting out There was drinking drugs and sleeping around It all ended with Rey getting pregnant and her mother shipping her off to an aunt to have her baby The aunt was very supportive and helped Rey do what she needed to screw her head back on including giving her baby up or adoption At the time Rey thought it best to cut ties to the baby so she opted or a closed adoption There was a provision Ten Years Beyond Baker Street: for her daughter to contact her when she turned 18 though and now that the time has come where she might receive a phone callrom her Renia is both scared and terrifiedIt s a really bad time to come across Miles Brislenn again Miles was a shy kid who went to the same school as her and he had a huge crush on her He recognises her the minute he sees her but Renia has no idea who he is She only knows he calls her Rey so he must know her rom her worst times But as things come to a head with her daughter Miles becomes a surprising source of supportThere was a lot to like here Renia is a really interesting character and at a really interesting time in her life I really appreciated how sensitively the issue of her having given her daughter in adoption was handled This is not yet another book saying that giving a baby up even when it s patently the right thing to do will screw you up or life It s true that Rey IS pretty screwed up about what happened but I d argue that it s clear that this is about her mother s abandonment of her teenage self than about her own abandonment of her baby That issue with Renia s mother leads to my The Essential Library for New Moms 4-Book Bundle: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child; The Baby Food Bible; Infant Massage; Colic Solved favourite aspect of the book which is the very complicated relationship between the two They have a very civilised relationship now but a distant one and it s clear Renia s mother is desperate toix that but doesn t know how There s a An unlikely encounterbut he'll take it It seems like ateor something When Miles Brislenn spies the girl he had a crush on in high school at his ex wife's wedding no less he can't let the opportunity pass He might not have had the courage to talk. D time believing he won t do the same
THING IN THE FUTURE EVEN WITHIN THE STORY Iin the uture Even within the story I that he was a contradiction We see him thinking Did I really say that How could I have screwed up so bad However he doesn t understand why his daughter is upset with him If he knew he d screwed up why didn t he understand why his daughter was angry It just didn t work or me I elt like his attraction to Renia was due to his high school antasy of her and he never really seemed to accept the reality of the messed up teen she was I m not entirely sure whether I believe that he and Renia will work together long term Great book Couldn t put it down 45I like just about everything about this book Every characters NYCTaxiCabTales.com: Taxi Stories from streets of NYC feel real The challenges past and present that theyace The Wrong Side of the Bed felt normal like things I can relate to Renia is damaged but not broken and not self pitying Miles starts off seeming maybe a little to good to be true but his humanailings show up and we learn that even with all his good intentions he s just as likely to screw up as anyone Sarah Miles teenage daughter irritates me at times not always and that is definitely the point She is suppose to be caught in that awkward phase between childhood and adulthood I have a difficult time imagining a teenager actually saying some of snotty things she says in The Alvin Ho Super Collection: Books 1-4 front of other grown ups because my children would honestly never do that they d think it but not say it aloud But I can be persuaded that there are teens who wouldI want to say again that the peopleeel real the emotions کاروان امید feel real the situations regrets second guessing everything And the pull between Renia and Miles is so sweet The romance is wonderful and the sex scenes are really good There is so much in this book but it all works so well together It s a book aboutinding a healthy place in relationships between mother and daughter کاروان امید: سرگذشت تری فاکس father and daughter mother and the daughter she gave upor adoption between a man and a woman The Cat Who Sang for the Birds (Cat Who... falling in love There is hopeear rejection Tempting Faith Di Napoli forgiveness andinally acceptance Acceptance that you do the best you can so orgive yourself and others and move on with your lifeMy minor uibbles are the ollowing 1 just a bit of repetitive internal monologuing by Renia on her The Southern Belles of Honeysuckle Way feeling and 2 Miles got off the hook at the end with too little groveling Cute book with lots of plot This is a veryull story and honestly I was a little overwhelmed It elt long to me but anytime I tried to look or someplace I would cut I couldn t The Confident Woman: How to Take Charge and Recharge Your Life find one because every page seemed essential to the story line Truly th I lost interest My problems stemmedrom the series line rather than the author s writing style or plotting which was very good Hey so you know how I constantly ask or books that portray unctional co parenting between divorced couples THIS IS THAT BOOKI would like it or that alone how messy and complicated those kinds of relationships can be but it also does a pretty good job with the complexity of balancing doing the right thing or your child versus the eelings of abandonment that can ensueOverall the writing remains the weakest part of the author s work but she s putting together such interesting things that I really don t care There s also some content in this book that could be read as slut shaming
but I think it s of a perfectly rational if sadI think it s of a perfectly rational if sad loathing than that directly The characters are messy in a good way in this and so you have to make The Way of Women for allowances when they do stuff that isn t perfectI want a book about the brother now When am I getting one of those. Ith Renia is too important to let her past stand in their way He'll do whatever is necessary to help her accept her choices and move on even if that means a salsa lesson or two Because now that he's made theirst move he wants the second to be hers.