Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Nothing Ventured by Jane Oldaker

Title:  Nothing Ventured
Author:  Jane Oldaker
Published:  Jan 26/13 by Smashwords
Length:  306pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Molly Malone is obsessed with putting herself on the map by building a prestigious housing development. All she needs to get started is a very large wad of cash. Romance is about the last thing she would ever pencil into her overflowing diary until she encounters the breathtakingly handsome Paul Farnsworth, front man for a group of investors who might back Molly’s project.

My Review:

This was a uniquely crafted romance novel that encompasses a wide variety of aspects not usually gone into in dept in the genre. It makes it really stand out. Oldaker does make sure to define any construction and investment related terms her readers may not be familiar with in a manner that doesn’t detract from the story as a whole. I found the pace of this novel to be a bit disconcerting at times. Oldaker would race forwards with certain scenes and then slow right now. This gave a very up-and-down quality to the story. Her descriptions give her readers a decent picture of what is going on while still allowing them to use their imagination.

I really appreciated the fierce independence in the main characters of this story. At the same time, the fact that they both insisted on a great deal of secrecy lead to more problems than honesty would have. I also appreciated how the Canadian winter that these characters live through during this tale is symbolic of their relationship. It was a striking parallel. It also gives a very at home feel to the novel as a whole. The supporting cast wraps this feeling up nicely. Everyone comes together like a big extended family, inviting the reader in.

Overall, this was a quiet, enjoyable read with a complex story line to draw you in. I did enjoy my time reading it.

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