Monday, October 30, 2017

"No Small Storm" by Anne Mateer

About this book:

  “September 1815, Providence, Rhode Island
  Thirty-year-old Remembrance “Mem” Wilkins loves her solitary life running the farm and orchard she inherited from her father and has no plans to give up her independence. Especially not for the likes of Mr. Graham Lott. But when Mem is unable to harvest the apples on her own, she accepts the help of the man she despises.
  Fresh off a boat from Ireland with his four-year-old son in tow, Simon Brennan secures a building in which to ply his trade as a cobbler. Still healing from the grief of his wife’s death a year earlier, he determines to focus only on providing a good life for his son. But when he intervenes in an argument on behalf of the intriguing Miss Wilkins, sister-in-law of the tavern owner who befriends him, he suddenly finds himself crossways with his landlord, Mr. Lott, and relieved of his lease and most of his money.
  With no means of support, Simon takes a job helping Mem with her harvest, relieving her of the need of Lott’s help. But their growing attraction to each other makes them both uneasy. Mem gladly escapes to town when her sister begins labor, and Simon, believing it best to distance himself from Mem, takes his son and leaves.
  But neither anticipates the worst gale New England has ever seen—or that the storm will threaten all they hold dear.”

Series: Book #1 in the “Coast-to-Coast Brides” series.

Spiritual Content- Scriptures are mentioned, read, & remembered; Prayers; Talks about God, trusting Him, & faiths; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of churches, church going, & a reverend; A few mentions of thanking God; A few mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; A couple mentions of Christians; A couple mentions of those who worship differently; A couple mentions of sins; A mention of a godsend; A mention of Heaven; A mention of a miracle.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘blimey’; Being in a storm, trying to stay alive, injuries, & blood/bleeding (semi-detailed); Some fighting, blood/bleed, & pain (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of fighting, injuries, & blood/bleeding (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a war that just ended; Mentions of drinking & alcohol/spirits (ale, rum, & wine); A few mentions of a fever & death; A few mentions of thieves; A couple mentions of lies & lying; A mention of hanging.

Sexual Content- an almost kiss/wanting to kiss (twice, up to semi-detailed), a palm kiss, and a semi-detailed kiss; Touches & Warmth (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing; A few Blushes; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: Mentions of labor pain & helping birth a baby (barely-above-not-detailed); A mention of a very pregnant lady’s breasts; A mention of breast feeding (barely-above-not-detailed).

-Remembrance “Mem” Wilkins, age 30
-Simon Brennan
                                P.O.V. switches between them
                                        Set in 1815
                                                        138 pages

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My personal Rating-
This was a cute novella. I’ve enjoyed all of Anne Mateer’s other books, so was excited to learn she had another book coming out.
I will admit that it hit a little close to home reading this story about a devastating hurricane shortly after my state was affected by that twerp of a hurricane named Harvey. It was crazy to hear about everything having a coat of salt from the water, though, something I’ve never thought of happening from a hurricane.
Character wise: no one really stood out to me, but Mem (and her name) would probably be my favorite. The whole novella was paced out like a normal novel—just with less pages—but it didn’t feel too rushed, which I appreciated. :)

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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