Title: A Question of Destiny
Author: Anita Higman
Published: February 27th 2015 by Forget Me Not Romances, $0.99 on Kindle.
Blurb: Lucy O’Brien is about to be given ten million dollars and a chance to live a life she never imagined. Will this new found wealth be Lucy’s undoing, or can she rise above the temptations within high society and choose to become a nobler version of herself? And will the solitary Andrew Whitfield—a man who watches over Lucy as she adapts to her new lifestyle—cause her to close the door on her dreams or be the key that opens the rest of Lucy’s destiny?
Review: Well…I finished it. It took me over a month, of setting it down and leaving it alone for a couple of days every now and again, but I finished it. I did not receive this as an ARC, I downloaded this for free back in 2016 but only now got to reading it. This was…not up my alley and that’s my fault for just downloading this book because I wanted to fill up the alphabetical pages in my first book journal.
I think I’ve figured out that I can’t really get into normal, slice of life romances. I’ve been spoiled by the paranormal romances or action books or something other than ‘boy meets girl’ that has been played out over and over again. It’s like how I am with Hershey chocolate, I can’t just eat Hershey chocolate by itself, it needs something else with it. Like almonds.
This story is just so full of metaphors and I got tired of it very, very quickly. Which, one of the lines in this book is just…when I read it, I had to stop and…cringe. ‘He blushed as pink as a freshly stubbed toe.’ Excuse me?? I’m sorry, what? That doesn’t make me think of this guy blushing as cute, doesn’t make me go ‘awww, that’s cuuuute.’ No…That makes me think of pain and misery and anger.
The decisions used in writing the book this way concerns me. I feel like it’s just very surface level, there’s no emotion behind anything. Honestly, I almost wished that this was a completely sappy romance instead of what it was. It felt like a Hallmark movie, but one that puts the relationship on the ways side. The story hardly focuses on it at all.
Character development is just almost non-existent in this story. Make-ups are glossed over, the audience doesn’t get to see a lot of it, the connection between the main love interests is hardly focused on and emotions are mainly metaphors instead of delving deep into how the person feels instead.
I couldn’t get myself interested into it and it just feels so forgettable. In fact, I had to write the review right after reading it because I was afraid I was going to forget everything I wanted to say because the story itself is so forgettable.
Thank you for reading my review.