Sunday, April 10, 2016

Book Review: With No Regrets by Julie N. Ford

Living With No Regrets Is Harder Than It Seems

Finley isn’t exactly sure when her life began to feel unfamiliar. She suspects the transformation started long before she caught her husband and fellow garden club member doing the white-trash-two-step on her new Bernhardt sofa. Now free from the shackles of a loveless marriage, and with her children off to college, she’s finally able to go searching for the missing pieces of her heart.

Finley’s best friend, Cathyanne, is already working hard to ensure that Finley finds true love this time around. But when Finley is unwittingly tossed into the arms of two men—their sexy trainer and her neighbor, a popular country star—Cathyanne fears finding the right guy will be more complicated than she ever could have imagined.

For Finley, building a new life feels as impossible as flying a paper airplane to the moon. But maybe, just maybe, with the right help, she will find her whole heart—even if it’s in the very last place she thinks to look.


I've never read anything by Julie N. Ford before and I was excited to start this one because it's about a lady who is a little further along in life than 95% of other books. She's moving on to another chapter in her life in multiple ways: her kids are in college, she's newly divorced and quite a few other aspects that I won't get into because I don't want to spoil it for you!

This is another book with alternating POV's. That seems to be the new "it" thing going on in the book community these days. But there is a bit of a twist with this one ... the alternating POV is happening between the main man, the leading lady and the leading lady's bff. That was a bit weird at first. To be honest, I wasn't totally for sure which lady was the main character. But that's my own fault, I make it a point to not read the blurb again right before I start a book ... I want a little element of surprise. But that can also trip me up sometimes. Obviously. Anyway, the POV situation was a little strange but you get used to it. 

I enjoyed getting to know the characters but there are quite a few that you have to meet. More than I had expected and these secondary characters actually play a pretty big role in the story, so make sure that you don't discount them. You'll need to remember them. I had to look back a few times to when the characters were first introduced so that I could remember exactly who they were. But again, that's probably just me. I pick up and put down a book a few dozen times during the day which can sometimes lead to stilted reading.

I guess my main issue with this book was that it dragged. It brought the story down because it wasn't moving any faster than molasses on a cold morning. The book didn't chug along like I had hoped because the main bones of the book were actually really good. But disinterest settled in because of the pacing. I found myself skimming through the inner dialogue and just rushing to get to the parts that had something going on. With so many things happening within these pages, I wasn't expecting such a lag. I thought that it would just move right along. I wish that it had. It would have changed the story completely for me. It would have kept my interest, for sure. 

I don't know if I'll read another book by this author. I wouldn't be opposed to it but at the same time, I would want to know that the pacing had improved since this book. And I could be way off base. Maybe everyone else will like the slow wandering of the plot. It just wasn't for me. 

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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