Saturday, October 7, 2017

Bayou Whispers from the Past Review

Bayou Whispers from the Past
(Bayou #2)
By: Lauren Faulkenberry

New love is put to the test in the sultry bayous of Louisiana in the latest from Family Circle Award Winning Author Lauren Faulkenberry. 

Thirty-one-year old Enza has finally found love with sexy fireman Jack, and through him, she has gained a family, years after her mother abandoned her. With her friend Kate in town, Enza's looking forward to her first Christmas in Bayou Sabine, surrounded by those she cares about most. But instead the holiday ends in turmoil. One guest puts someone Enza loves—and her relationship with Jack—in danger, and another guest brings news that makes Enza question the circumstances surrounding her mother's departure. 

Enza, fleeing Jack and the drama in Bayou Sabine, sets off with Kate on a road trip à la Thelma & Louise. But will she find answers about her mother's disappearance and the strength to accept the truth? And will she return home in time to save everything that's important to her?

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is one of those books where, being second in a series, you didn't necessarily have to read the first one but it may have been more beneficial if you had. I had not, and a lot of the time during this book I felt as though there was a bigger picture that I was missing out on. Something that may or may not have been more clear had I read the first novel in the series. Regardless, it was still a good read and I understood everything that was going on, there was just  slight undertone that something was missing. 

This was a bit of a different type of read for me, as romance and love took a backseat to the goings on in the main character, Enza's, life. As such I wasn't as enthralled or engrossed as I normally find myself, which was nice, as I was able to pick the book up and put it down at any given time without feeling as though I absolutely HAD to finish it. The author's writing of the setting and the atmosphere gave the book a homey, cozy feel that my mind likened to the setting of a 90's Julia Roberts movie, which I love by the way.  That sort of small town, everybody knows everybody, comfortable, down home kinda feel that you just don't find in any form of entertainment anymore. It was great, and it was my favorite part of reading this book. Not to mention the level of detail that the author used was just enough to give my mind's eye something to create from without dragging out the descriptions until I lost interest, which has definitely happened in quite a few books lately.  

I found Enza's character a little boring and her proclivity for overreacting to situations was hard to read. I understand that by making her that way it created new avenues for the author to send the character in her story, however it made her character hard to relate to; not that I myself don't sometimes overreact (just ask my other half), but not to the degree that Enza did. I also didn't feel any real chemistry between Enza and her boyfriend Jack, although I did like his character, maybe their chemistry was something I missed out on by not reading the first novel? Although the author makes it clear that the two love each other it's not until the end of the novel that you really get the sense that the relationship isn't as disposable as it first seems. 

The dilemma of Jack's cousins boyfriend kept me interested in the book, as he most certainly livened up every situation he was present for with some sort of drama, but the secondary issue of Enza's quest for her mom felt unrealistic to me. And again. in keeping with Enza's over-dramatic personality she took her obsession with her mom to some pretty ridiculous lengths. Even when she found out what happened to her mom she still wasn't able to accept it and move on, but really had no justifiable reason to drag it out. 

I suppose in hindsight, I enjoyed the setting, atmosphere and the writing of this book more than I enjoyed the book itself. The author did a brilliant job of creating the perfect backdrop for her characters, I just felt as though the characters and their drama's weren't worthy of the space they occupied.

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Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

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