Review: Time will Tell


2 stars


Read on December 06, 2014 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Synopsis: Emily Oliphant has made some major changes in her life. After leaving an abusive husband, moving house and starting her own jam-making business, things are looking up. But the last thing on Emily’s mind is a new relationship…no matter who’s vying for her attention.

After receiving an offer from the elderly owners of the property she’s renting to purchase the land and house, a hopeful yet nervous Emily feels herself taking another step in the right direction. She’s unsure where the money will come from, but the offer is too good to refuse, and the property too perfectly suited for the B&B she dreams of opening. Unbeknown to her, the button jar Emily holds dear — a gift from her recently deceased Granny Mayfair — could contain the solution to all her problems…

Just when things are finally beginning to go Emily’s way, everything takes a turn. Soon she’s involved in a romance she’s not sure she’s ready for, dealing with the shock of three unexpected deaths, and being forced to make some difficult decisions. With her finances, property, friendships and budding relationship now in limbo, Emily is once again drawing on her inner-strength to overcome this new set of challenges.

Bookish Things: 311 pages. The cover again, is quite suited to the book, I wish there was a dog on the cover of this one though.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $9.27

My Review:

Bookshelves: aussie-authors, arc-harlequin, aww2014, blog-review-req, dead-tree-books, summer-challenge, december-challenge, 2-star-review, editing-required, made-me-angry, romance-ish, smirk-worthy

Time Will Tell is book #2 in Fiona McCallum’s Button Jar Series. After a reasonable story in book #1 I wanted to know what was going to happen to Emily…

Ultimately, this book was too repetitive (how many times did we have to be reminded about John, about Nathan, about Enid?). The plot twists were glaringly obvious, the subtle hints were as subtle as a sledge hammer.

I really started hating Emily in this one, her moodiness and stupidity were so bad I wanted to throttle her.

Add to that, the ‘country bumpkin-ness’ sign she places upon her head as soon as she left Wattle Creek, it almost made me want to puke.

Overall, this was very much a ‘sequel’. Not a great deal of importance happens in this one, everything is internally focussed on Emily and her inability to make the right decisions, even the most basic ones.

Having said that, I still found the book easy to read – I read the whole thing in one day and at some point in the future I will probably buy the third book in the series just to see how it all pans out, but I’m not in any great rush.

The saving parts of this book were Grace (the Border Collie pup) and Jake, I also liked Simone’s character too.

There were a number of small typos and grammar issues – but as this was an ARC they may have been picked up before publication.

**Note: I was provided a copy of this book from the Publisher in return for an honest review**

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