Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Book Review: A New Resolution by Rose Dee

A New Resolution by Rose Dee
Even Before Publishing, 01 November 2012
Resolution Island is a safe haven for Anika Deumer. A chance to fulfill dreams, find her place in the world, and a new life for her and young son, Kye. But her dreams of a future are shattered when her son's security is challenged, and the rich and privileged Texan, Nate, sails into the bay. Now Ani must not only fight for her son, but also a growing attraction she has to the one type of man she loathes. 

Nate Hollingsworth is on a mission. He needs to fulfill his mother's last wish and change his life. Dropping anchor in the idyllic Resolution harbour, he didn't anticipate becoming involved in illegal fishing, a murder or an unexpected attraction to the most exasperating woman he has ever met. The Australian tropical Island, Resolution, sets the scene again for adventures, dreams and new beginnings.

A New Resolution is the third and final book in the Resolution Island series. In this book we enjoy more of the tropical island setting like we did in the first book, Back to Resolution.  

Ani has had a difficult beginning, but she manages to pull herself together for the sake of her son. She thinks all is going well - a new life and a new job on Resolution Island.  Then her nerves are rattled by two occurrences: a child custody challenge, and the arrival of a charming, rich American, who is exactly the kind of man she despises.

Nate is a loveable and cute character - who can resist a charming man with a yacht? But Ani does her very best to try.

The characters of the earlier books are woven into the story in a subtle way and provide a link between Ani and Nate.  There is an illegal fishing mystery bound up in the story, although it wasn't quite as exciting an intrigue as the mysteries in the previous novels.

Each of the main characters draw on the influence of their Christian family, so they don't undergo an epic, unbelievable conversion.  Their drawing closer to God is very natural - like a logical conclusion - which is great as it does not have a preachy feel.

There's a fair amount of 'telling' in this book, so I didn't get as emotionally involved with the characters as I would have liked.  But overall this is a sweet story with a happy ending, and a nice finish to the Resolution series.

I was provided with a copy of this book for the purpose of review.  I was in no way obliged to write a positive review.

Helen's favourite genre is historical fiction with a strong romantic element.  She also enjoys contemporary romance, chick-lit and YA.  She's not caught up in the spell of fantasy fiction, despite The Faraway Tree series being a strong influence in her childhood.

Helen is currently working on her first book, a Christian young adult novel set between two opposite but equally fascinating places in Australia.

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