Dorothy Garlock's On Tall Pine Lake
I am reading Dorothy Garlock's On Tall Pine Lake.
This is a fantastic story. My wife borrowed the book, and asked me how is it. I told her: Good, I was attracted to it after the first chapter. Some books, she said, will make you finish reading after the first sentence. She referred to another book she borrowed, Treason.
The core suspense plot of the book was excellent, however the romance between Simon and Nona just didn't gel and was embarrassingly sickly at times. Nona is irritable, bad-tempered, humourless and at times just plain nasty. Simon alternates between being protective and sickly, sweet 'romantic', if you can call it the latter. I felt that the romance was very contrived and stuck in for the sake of it.
This is author's 50th novels. It might be due to her age, whose passion for romantic has already decreased. You can feel she could manipulate better the middle-aged woman Mabel, whose response to a charming young man's flirt, and as an observer of dramas around her.
It would have been better to openly develop the romance between LeAnn and Jack and leave any romance between the other two as a maybe.