Poppy’s Secret, by Andrew Grey
A Dreamspun Desire Novel
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 15, 2017
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
A second chance born of love.
Pat Corrigan and Edgerton “Edge” Winters were ready to start a family—or so Pat thought. At the last minute, Edge got cold feet and fled. Pat didn’t bother telling him the conception had already gone through and little Emma was on her way. He didn’t want a relationship based on obligation. He’d rather raise his daughter on his own.
Nine years later, Emma and her Poppy are doing fine. Edge isn’t. He realizes what he threw away by leaving, and he’s back to turn his life around and reclaim his family. It’ll take a lot to prove to Pat that he’s a new man, and even if Edge succeeds, the secret Pat has hidden for years might shatter their dreams all over again.
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
There is nothing worse than tropes you love being done wrong. I mean this book isn’t terrible by any means, but it just fell flat for me and got boring. Maybe when something is your kind of trope, the book is more of a disappointment if it isn’t done right, than if it was a trope you weren’t that into.
The main reason is because Pat, the main character, was so wishy washy with his decision about Edge (the man who left him years ago), that when they are together you don’t really believe it. You know? I need a build up and not just instant tension. It’s disappointing because I have enjoyed other books by Grey. Judging from other reviews I have seen he tends to be a hit or miss type of author.
I know some people are into drama and angst, but I only like that if it gets resolved in some way. In this book I kept thinking that something was resolved, but they’d bring it up again almost immediately. It was a tactic to add angst, but it came off as repetitive. Half the book ended up being almost the same kind of thing.
For some reason I love books with families/kids even though I 100% do not like children (no offense if you have/love children! Personal choices etc.). People are probably going to disagree with me on this one, but I think that the kid in the story became too much of a main character. Yeah she’s part of it, but it got to the point where she was the focus of the story instead of the two MCs.
I wanted more character development for Pat and Edge, and it ended up being about the kid more than anything else. Some people may love that, but since the book was already so-so for me because of the aforementioned issues, I just got put off.
I gave this book three stars because it is well written, has a good plot (even if the execution wasn’t perfect), and isn’t a total disaster, but there’s nothing special about it. I got through it, but will I remember it in a month? Probably not.
If you want a quick read about finding a lost love, and you enjoy books with kids, this may be your cup of tea more than it was mine.
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world, visiting every continent except Africa and Antarctica. Andrew adores meeting people from cowboys, to executives, artists, police officers and everyone in between. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing). He also hates laundry, cooking, and cleaning. Luckily he has a husband who does that for him so he can keep writing. He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Find him at http://andrewgreybooks.com/
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.