I have read a couple of Hazel Osmond books recently (Who’s Afraid of Mr Wolfe / The Mysterious Miss Mayhew) and thoroughly enjoyed them, so started this with high hopes.
Here is the Amazon blurb:
“Grace Surtees has everything carefully under control – her work life, her home life and her love life – especially her love life. But then her boss hires Tate Saunders, a brash American, to spice up the gallery tours his company provides. Messy and fond of breaking rules, Tate explodes into her tidy existence like a paintball, and Grace hates everything about him… doesn’t she? Because, for Grace, the alternative would be simply too terrifying to contemplate: to love Tate rather than hate him would mean leaping out of her comfort zone, and Grace’s devotion to order hides some long-kept secrets… secrets she’s sure someone like Tate Saunders could never accept or understand.”
However, I must confess that when I started this I really didn’t like it. I found it really hard to get into (whether that’s the subject matter – which is art, and not really my bag) or the character (I found Grace really pathetic and annoying) and I just couldn’t get into it. This may also have been because I’d just read THE BEST BOOK EVER that I am not allowed to blog about yet as it’s not out until 2017 – but I think anything after that would have been a let down (keep your eyes peeled for ‘Eleanor Oliphant’ next year is all I can say!)
Anyway – I kept reading a bit and then putting it down and just not getting my teeth into it all. But, I don’t like to be beaten by anything (I persevered with The Goldfinch for goodness sake!) and so kept going back to it. In the end it was ok – and I did want to know what would happen to Grace and the other characters.
I guessed fairly early on what her boss’s secret was and felt that element of the storyline was really dragged out. I liked the change in the relationship between Grace and Tate and how that concluded.
But overall, definitely not my favourite Hazel Osmond book at all.