Springtime at Hope Cottage by Annie Rains | Book Review
Publication: Forever Publishing
Release date: March 5, 2019
How I got the copy: Forever Publishing
Springtime at Hope Cottage is the sequel to the Sweetwater Springs series. This series is the kind that can be read out of order but still best read in order since each book follows a different character that we meet from the previous book. I was very excited to pick up this book after reading the first in the series, Christmas on Mistletoe Lane, which I enjoyed. It’s cute and fluffy and what I wanted at the time.
It follows Josie Kellum, an editor at a major New York City magazine who’s the typical NYC woman. Always busy, dedicated to her career and lives and breathes the magazine she works for. Josie rarely takes time off but she makes an exception to visit her best friend, Kailyn, who moved to Sweetwater Springs after taking over a Bed and Breakfast. While in town Josie injures herself and meets physical therapist, Tucker, who’s hot but slightly emotionally unavailable after the death of his wife.
From the beginning, I could sense that I wasn’t connecting to this book as much as the first but I wanted to continue in hopes of growing a connection with Josie and her story along with getting glimpses of the main character from book one, Kaitlyn, Josie’s best friend. I hoped to read more of Kailyn since they’re best friends and Josie’s visiting from NYC for a short amount of time. But we barely read about Kailyn and we barely read about both of them together, which I found odd regardless that Josie’s friendship isn’t the focal point of the story. It’s the perfect set up to show their friendship since they’re best friends and Josie keeps mentioning how lonely it is in NYC without Kailyn.
There’s a lot of jumping from scenes to get to the point and not a lot left for anticipation or build up and quite frankly I found the book boring because of it. It takes away from showing Josie’s personality especially if readers don’t read the first book. And thinking about it now, Tuck made a bigger impression but not much more.
I’m not sure if I’ll continue with the rest of the series. It’s not that the series is bad in any way… I just look for/expect more in a book. It took me way to long to get through this since nothing really exciting happens and unlike the first in the series I could clearly see where the book was going. I feel as if it’s trying to rushed through the story to include so many topics within so many pages and the characters didn’t feel complete because of it. While also trying to set up who the next book will be about. If it weren’t for those things, I’d have no doubts about continuing with the series. Definitely an unpopular opinion but it’s how I felt about this one.
*A copy of this book was provided by Forever Publishing in exchange for an honest review*