I received this book for free from Author's Pal in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Love's Encore by Sandra Brown
Also by this author: Mean Streak, Eloquent Silence
Published by Grand Central Publishing
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Read in: May 2014
Source: Author's Pal
In one reckless night, Camille Jameson's life was changed forever: a tall, handsome stranger, an evening of romance -- and enough regrets to last a lifetime. Two years later, Camille is a successful interior decorator with the opportunity to restore one of Mississippi's proudest plantations. She arrives excited and eager to face her greatest professional challenge to date -- until Zack Prescott saunters through the mansion's front door and back into her life. He is exactly as she remembers, except for the knowing look in his eyes that reminds her of what they once shared. Now, forced to live in unbearably close quarters, Camille and Zack will discover if they have the courage to face the past -- and, perhaps, build a future together . . .
Love’s Encore by Sandra Brown was originally published in the early 1980s. The only thing that really gives that away is the lack of cell phones and the clothing descriptions which were totally all the rage in the 80s.
I truly enjoyed the setting of Love’s Encore. Brown uses the power of words to set her stage; a beautiful albeit rundown plantation mansion and acreage. It was so easy to imagine Bridal Wreath, Rayburn, Camille, Zach, Simon, and Dearly in that rambling Southern home. I have to say that Rayburn, Simon, and Dearly were probably my favorite things in this book.
I just could not enjoy Zach and Camille. The two spent almost the entirety of the book bickering. Fighting would have been preferable because then their issues would have been resolved. Instead we had one long almost willful misunderstanding. Despite owning and operating a business and being a professional with the elder Prescott, Camille is one whiny heroine. Even though her relationship with Zach is consensual, she insists that he stole her innocence. Not to mention that she withheld the fact that she was a virgin from him.
Love’s Encore by Sandra Brown, for me, wasn’t a fantastic read but it helped me pass a Saturday afternoon enjoyably. That is all I ever ask of a book.
About the Author
Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including DEADLINE (2013), LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011), TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), and CHILL FACTOR, all of which have jumped onto the Times bestseller list in the number one to five spot.
Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into thirty-four languages.
Brown holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She served as the president of the Mystery Writers of American in 2012 and was named ITW’s Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
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