My thoughts: I was captivated by the cover of this book, which was the main reason why I wanted to read this. I had no clue as to what kind of book I was in for (I didn't read the whole synopsis). I was hooked right away and came to enjoy myself quite a bit.
I was surprised how many elements this book had: slight romance, suspense, ghosts, mystery, and drama. Right away this book reminded me of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. Like in Rebecca, the heroine Marlie entered a marriage where she barely knew the man, was thrown into an upper-class world, felt the disapproval of the people around her, was always compared to the first wife, and there was a big secret behind the first wife. I found these elements intriguing as how it all came together at the end.
Also, I found myself quite frustrated when reading Replacing Gentry. The emotions that Marlie went through as a new bride, who was ignored by her husband and criticized by the new people in her life, were very apparent to me. I wanted to yell at her to get herself out of her situation and tell her that she deserved better. The constant threats and undermining that she went through really got to me. I had to stop reading a few times to let my anger dissipate a bit. Is this a bad thing? No. I think Julie N. Ford did a fabulous job in bringing these emotions out, which sets the tone of the story. So, I did not mind it as much as I thought I would.
I quiet enjoyed this book. I liked the mystery behind it and the sudden changes of my emotions. I rate this book:
Author Julie N. Ford
Julie N. Ford graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science and a minor in English Literature. In addition, she has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama. Professionally, she has worked in teaching and as a Marriage & Family Counselor. She is the author of two women’s fiction novels, The Woman He Married and No Holly for Christmas, published in 2011. In addition, she wrote a romance/chick-lit novel, Count Down to Love, also published in 2011. Count Down to Love was a 2011 Whitney Award finalist. Her next novel, Replacing Gentry, is due for release April 9th, 2013.
Currently, she lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, two daughters and one hedgehog.
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