Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Love in the Balance by Regina Jennings (Review)

Handsome Cowboy or Debonair Tycoon.
How's a Girl to Choose?

Molly Lovelace dreams of a life without cares in Lockhart, Texas. She also dreams of handsome wrangler Bailey Garner, her ardent but inconsistent beau. The problem is, with Bailey's poor prospects, she just can't fit the two dreams together.

Then mysterious stranger Edward Pierrepont sweeps into town--and her life--and for the first time Molly wonders if she's met the man who can give her everything. But he won't be in Lockhart long and while it certainly seems like he talks about their glorious future together, she can't quite get Bailey out of her mind.

What's a girl to do with all these decisions when love is in the balance?

I GIVE THIS BOOK: 3 1/2 Stars

I read Regina's debut novel last year and absolutely loved it! So when I learned that she had a new book releasing this year I had high hopes for it. Unfortunately, it fell short of my expectations.

Molly first made an appearance in Sixty Acres and a Bride as the woman trying to steal the heroine's man away from her, which made her a little hard to like but I still felt a little sorry for her. In Love in the Balance I was hoping to feel a connection with her and understand her more, but unfortunately she was still a really hard character to like. She cared way too much about the social status and amount of money suitors had than more important things, such as their spiritual life. When I reached the end of the story I did understand her motivation, but, as bad as this may sound, I didn't care about her.

That being said, even though I didn't care for the main character, I still enjoyed reading the book. I think the author did a great job drawing you into the story and the descriptions were wonderful.

I think the way that everyone treated Molly towards the end of the story was terrible and in the case of her parents a bit unbelievable. I can't really explain the circumstances, but I still can't believe that her parents wouldn't have tried to learn more about it. It also seemed that everyone disliked Molly from the start and were just waiting for a reason to treat her poorly.

Love in the Balance was a pleasurable read. If you haven't read either of Regina Jenning's books, they can be read in any order even though they take place in the same place. You would know the ultimate outcome of the first book, of course. I would recommend you read Sixty Acres and a Bride first, but just because I loved that book SO much! I think what I liked about that story more was how it was a Biblical story set in Texas in the 1800s. I would love more books like that.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764209914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764209918
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Available to purchase at Amazon | B&N | CBD

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