October 12, 2011

Book Review: Confessions of an Improper Bride by Jennifer Haymore

At First Sight: Once upon a time, Serena Donovan got her heart broke and her reputation shattered when she fell in love with Jonathan Dane, earl of Stratford. 

Sent back home to Antigua in disgrace, Serena had yet to go through another heartbreak when a freak accident claims the life of her beloved twin sister Meg. 

Meg was not only Serena's sister but also her best friend and support. 

Years later, and with her family's future in danger, Serena agrees to assume Meg's identity and return to London and live a lie to help the other Donovan girls by marrying Meg's former suitor - everyone thinks Serena is the one who died, rather than Meg.

But being in London puts her back in the path of Jonathan.
Jonathan is quite the rake these days, and he has never been able to forget Serena.

Second Glance: I have to say that I went up and down with this book. While the pace was great and I liked the characters, there were certain situations that made me a little uncomfortable. 

I had tried once before to read Jennifer Haymore's books but I wasn't very successful since something very similar happened - I liked it, though not as much as I thought I would, and I still had issues with stuff that happened.

Usually, I don't mind the whole twin switcharoo as it can lead to a lot of fun, but in this case it was all heartbreak from start to finish and the decision Serena makes in the end, for the sake of everyone, made me very sad. I understand the why of it and it's not really a sad ending but, still.

Also, I didn't like that everyone was so dishonest for a large part of this book, not only Serena who was meant to play the charade but to a degree everyone else. Plus, Meg's fiance was a really nice guy and it didn't sit well with me what they were trying to do.

Bottom Line: Confessions of an Improper Bride is a good story, but not my favorite by far. A lot of it are personal issues, but the story itself should be appealing to a lot of people. Over all, I liked Serena and Jonathan, even if I didn't agree with their decisions.

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