Armed with only a journal and a promise, soldier Ian Carlisle returns home to fulfill his friend's dying wish: to find the man's daughter and read her his journal, one page at a time. The woman he finds in River Rock, Missouri, is just as warmhearted, artistic, and feisty as her father described.Read more...
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Armed with only a journal and a promise, soldier Ian Carlisle returns home to fulfill his friend's dying wish: to find the man's daughter and read her his journal, one page at a time. The woman he finds in River Rock, Missouri, is just as warmhearted, artistic, and feisty as her father described. Ian had fallen in love with Charlee McKinley before he even met her, but he has no idea if she'll ever return his feelings.
Charlee loved her father--but she didn't like him very much. Regimental and strict, Major Mack never approved of his daughter's choices. So when a down-on-his-luck soldier arrives on Charlee's doorstep, she'll give him the benefit of the doubt, but not her heart. It isn't until he starts reading to her that the beautiful, touching words begin to unlock something deep inside. But when Ian reveals a secret that shakes Charlee to her core, will she close herself off to love out of fear?
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-04-13
- Reviewer: Staff
The promising concept of Burch's smalltown contemporary is diminished by its inconsistent and jumbled execution. Ian Carlisle is a military veteran with a mission: to deliver his old commander's journal to the man's daughter, Charlee McKinley, one page at a time. Charlee runs a retreat for an eccentric band of older artists on her family's land in the Ozark Mountains in Missouri. As the artists try to push Charlee and Ian together, the pair deal with their own issues standing in the way of their feelings for each other. Burch (One Lavender Ribbon) attempts an ambitious combination of story threads, including the trauma of military life, three parallel emotionally absent fathers, alcoholism, and the pros and cons of life in a small rural town. Unfortunately, the reality does not live up to the high potential, as the sheer number of story lines means that no single theme is explored beyond a few scenes, and the characters lack the narrative space to rise beyond their clichés. Agent: Karen Solem, Spencerhill Associates. (June)