Review: Luke by Barbara Freethy

Posted January 17, 2020 by Shari in Reviews / 5 Comments

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Review: Luke by Barbara Freethy
Luke

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Series: 7 Brides for 7 Brothers #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Fog City Publishing LLC
Released on October 25, 2016
Pages: 213
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

7 Brides for 7 Brothers is a match of also 7 authors each writing a story about each brother. Luke starts off the batch as a middle child that I found a delight to watch. A second chance at love, an inheritance with meaning and a crossroads of life.

Review

The Brannigan brothers are about to get a punch in the gut. Seven brothers leading seperate lives, come back togehter when their father dies from cancer suddenly. Not a very lovable guy, Colin Brannigan became even more remote when the love of his life and their mother dies in a car accident when Luke was only seven. Colin didn’t contact any of his children to tell them he was dying, but instead he went off to an island retreat and set into motion their inheritance. This is Luke’s story of second chance at love, a place to make memories and settlement to his soul he was oblivious to acknowledging.

Luke Brannigan I san adrenaline junkie who makes extreme sports movies. But they aren’t all about him, he does get to know the residents when he visits and makes their lives part of his stories. But one woman keeps appearing in his memories and thoughts even though he has tried to banish them in the last ten years since he has seen her. Notified of his death, he receives part of his inhertitance in the form of a wilderness resort. Suddenly he decides to visit, having memories of it as the last vacation his family took before his mother’s death.

Lizzie Parker is the one who got away, or didn’t show up. Luke and Lizzie were college sweethearts, but Luke felt hostage to higher learning and makes a decision to strike out for adventure wanting Lizzie to spend the summer with him. Lizzie though needed to finish college. A concert pianoist, her dreams were tied up in finishing, practicing, and achieving her ultimate dreams of playing. The day they were to leave, Lizzie stands up Luke and doesn’t answer his calls or texts. She couldn’t tell him she loved him and she couldn’t stay with him because she knew she would never leave.

Now Lizzie is running a wilderness resort. The same resort Luke has inherited. The artful craft of writing these two meeting after ten years of regrets, anger, conviction and now redemption. The instinct is to protect, hurt first, but the author takes it to a more polite meeting that burns. Not saying the barbs didn’t come out, but they aren’t used to hurt so much as to protect. The author weaves the history of Colin and his wife into the story to mirror the what should be for Luke and Lizzie.

Lizzie achieved her dreams, but now has set them aside for a good purpose. Luke just finished up his latest film. Now the tow need to decide what is most important to them as well as what responsibilites they need to take care of. Sell or keep? Stay or go? Love or hate?

The story does rely a lot on the past as the scope of the story in time is very short. Less than a week. Love scenes are not fade to black. They are not graphic either. as well Not quite sweet romance, but not quite a raging of passion either. Luke is the anchor story that starts off this series. Like with each character, each story will have it’s own feel while being in the same world. While I liked this story, I am also cautious in hoping I will like the other brothers as well. I didn’t get a great feeling from the brief meeting of a few of them.

Barbara Freethy is a new to me author I have heard of, but never had the opportunity to read. Luke was a delightful second chance story, but also a forgetable story as the impact didn’t have me gobbling up the next book in the series as I expected. I will make it back to this series, but probably not in the next month.

Challenges Met

Review Writing Challenge #6
Reading Challenge #2
Literary Pickers #2 – Piano
Books ‘N’ Tunes Challenge #2 – What Am I by Why Don’t We

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Mary Kirkland
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Sounds like it was a good book even if it wasn’t great. That’s kinda messed up not to tell your kids you’re dying though.

Jenea's Book Obsession
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It sounded like it had some potential but it’s too bad it didn’t turn out that way. Not sure if I’d be in a hurry to pick up the next book either.

Sophia Rose
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Oooh, you got my attention with this one. I like that it has subtleties and has an interesting inheritance for each brother.

Carole's Random Life in Books
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I have downloaded so many of this author’s books as freebies but I don’t think I have read a single one. This sounds like a decent read and I like second chance romances. I couldn’t imagine not knowing that a parent is dying. Great review!

Carole Rae
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Let’s see how book 2 is!