New Leaf by Catherine Anderson #Review

New Leaf by Catherine Anderson #ReviewNew Leaf by Catherine Anderson

Series: #2 Mystic Creek
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Signet on January 5, 2016
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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DNF- for now at p. 71

This was a book I picked up because I love small town romance and I wanted to try a new to me author.  I read the scenario and thought I’d be good with it.

I started the book and thought it was cute and loved the hero, Barney, who just happens to be a sheriff’s deputy and gets all the Barney Fife jokes tossed at him as a result.  Taffeta was an interesting character who had something horrific happen to her so she moves to a new town, plays the mouse, and hides out.  She wants no one to guess her past especially the friendly, Barney who is taken with her just as she is with him.  She rejects him and then turns around to proposition him when her little girl’s situation becomes dire.  She did it in an offensive way though she hadn’t meant it to be.  She was scared and desperate.

Normally, I love this sort of scenario- fake mates/marriage of convenience trope.  And normally this book would be right up my alley.  But for some reason, I’m just not feeling it.  I really do think it is me and my mood so I’m going to set it aside for now and give it a go later.  I don’t hate it and I still want to read it, but if I keep pushing, I very likely will come to hate it.

My thanks to Penguin Group for providing the book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Sorry you couldn’t get into this one Sophia. It used to be hard for me to DNF a book, but I’m over it this year. There are too many to read, and I can’t waste time making myself read something I’m not enjoying.

    • Yes, that is what I am trying to do, too, Lekeisha. I have created two categories of DNF for myself to help. One is DNF and those will most likely stay that way. And then DNF For Now which are ones like this when the mood is just not matching up.

  • It is always so awful when this happens. Especially when its a story you want to enjoy but can’t get into it like you would like.

    • Yes, I wasn’t feeling it right away even as another part of my mind was registering cute, heartwarming and sweet it seemed. As I grew more restless with the story, I realized that I wasn’t doing it justice so it was best to set it aside until I was ready for it.

  • It’s sad when a book doesn’t fit your mood, I’ve had a few books like that were I know that if I had read them in a different mood I would’ve enjoyed them more. I hope you’ll be feelinh it more when/if you pick it up again.

    I also like small town settings, although the fake mates/ marriage of convenience plot line doesn’t always work for me. I prefer the marriage of convenience over the fake mates, as the fake mates often feels like lying and I don’t like that.

    • You understand exactly what happened here. I wanted to push through because I felt I should, but then I knew I wasn’t doing the author or myself any favors when I knew I wasn’t in the mood for a contemporary romance.

  • Oh boo, I like small time romances too

    • Yep, I’ll give it a re-try at some point.

  • That does sound like a fun set up. Love the joking with his name. That could be a hoot. Hope that it clicks with you on your next go-about with it 🙂

    • I’m pretty sure it was a mood thing. Nothing in specific was bothering me, but I kept starting at the same words and having to reread so I knew that I needed to set it down and wait. It does sound cute. Kimberly@Caffeinated Reader posted up a favorable review so if you want to see what it was like, you can check it out. 🙂 I’ll get back to it at some point.

      • I get ya. My current is like that. There’s nothing wrong with it. Really. But my mind keeps drifting as I read and re-reading is having to happen. Or I put it down to clean. Everyone else has loved it so I think it’s just the time. But 7 chapters left and I want to get those done instead of trying again later so… lol

        • Oh yep, yep, the mood changed in the middle for you sounds like. But I think only seven chapters would make me want to finish, too. No sense starting all over later when it gets too vague.