Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The Good Sister, Part One by London Saint James Review
I hate it when I have to eat my words and The Good Sister is making me do just that. I have stated on numerous occasions that I don't really enjoy New Adult books, however when a book is good it's just good and it doesn't matter so much the age of the characters. Therefore, I'll eat a slice of crow and admit that I really enjoyed this one! It just goes to prove that if you keep an open mind and step outside of your comfort zone every now and again you can be well rewarded. I was definitely gifted with an enjoyable story with this one. If you think that by reading the blurb that you have a good sense of what you are going to get out of this story you are so wrong! You will not guess what twists and turns are in store for Trinity or Reid. There was more than one "WHAT?!" moment in this one.
Trinity is a young woman who has survived a large traumatic event and has suffered with extreme anxiety afterwards. Trinity proves to have much more courage and strength than she gives herself credit for. Trinity embarks on a journey of self discovery and growth that while scary is one she was brave enough to embark on. Reid on the other hand has grown up in a life of privilege and a family that seems to love and support him. However, he has dark needs that drive him. Reid is eventually made to begin to face some of his own demons. Reid has to decide whether or not he is willing to be brave himself, face whatever problems he is suppressing and reach for what he is afraid of wanting. The "sisters" that Trinity is introduced to are an interesting twist to the story. Jacqueline has created a safe haven for herself as well as the young women that she has taken in. Although I am not so sure that I like the way in which Jacqueline has provided for them, it totally works within this story. These women have banded together to take care of one another in a world that has not treated any of them kindly. Although we don't get very much of the girls' individual background it is clear that there has to be interesting back stories to each of them. Maybe Saint James will continue the series with stories for each of them. Hint, hint Saint James!
I am torn by the ending of part one. I want Trinity to be happy but as Trinity learns more about Reid, especially what is revealed at the end of part one I'm not sure if it is possible. Reid's demon is much larger than Trinity could have guessed. I have to say if I had a handsome, considerate, and sexy titled English Lord wanting to have a serious relationship with me it would be extremely hard to walk away from him. The narration is well done and Kitty Barclay does a great job of making each character individual. Barclay allows the dialogue to flow well and the listener is well drawn into the story. I very much enjoyed this audio book. The only small negatives that I found was that sometimes the dialogue felt a little more formal than I believe a young American woman would use and everyone seemed to need to reinforce how beautiful Trinity is to the point of excess. However, these two things did not affect my enjoyment of the story. The Good Sister 1 ends on a cliffhanger, but never fear part 2 is available in eBook form so if you are impatient like me you can pick up the eBook and find out what happens next.
*I was gifted a copy of the audio book by the author in exchange for an honest reveiw.*
Trinity Lane Winslow feared everything and lived her life vicariously through others. She dreamed of the impossible, yearning to be the kind of woman men desired—especially Reid Addison.
Reid Addison feared nothing, except how the mousey little blonde daughter of his housekeeper made him feel. Even though Trinity Winslow wasn’t his type, there was something intriguing about her.
Lord Ashton Archer lived a fairy tale life with property all over the world, was heir to a ducal dynasty, and had women fawning all over him. Anything a man could want, he obtained by the snap of his fingers.
By a twist of fate the three of them find their way into the same illicit world of the infamous Madam Jacqueline Claudette Rousseau. But will they find what each of them truly desires? Or will they always long for the forbidden?
Note: The Good Sister: Part One is a 2-book series. It is best read/listened to in order.
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