In the Land of Milk and Honey
Nell E.S. Douglas
Publication date: January 17th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
When Gabrielle “Bree” Valentine awoke in a hospital bed with a newborn baby, she centered herself and rebuilt. Bree didn’t think about her mental breakdown, lost memories, or the features of a stranger emerging daily in the face of the son she is raising alone. Five years later, on a weekend in the Hamptons, a chance encounter with a man unlike any other jars her—bone deep. Daniel Hawthorne Baird II, wealthy, dangerous, British aristocrat, gravitates to Bree like caviar on crostini. In his relentless obsession with Bree, their lives entwine despite Bree’s resistance. With the unconditional support of friends she calls ‘family’, Bree confronts the most difficult questions of her life. Unearthing the painful mysteries behind who fathered her child, who the real Daniel Baird is, and the irrepressible desire driving her towards a man destined to be the end of them both.
This book was fairly well-written and I had to keep reading, but more out of curiosity than from the fact that I was really into it. I feel a bit unsure of what I read. Please don’t take that to mean that I don’t think it was a good book. It was classified as romance/suspense, and I just can’t get to those classifications. Romance, definitely, but I did not find it suspenseful in the least.
I quite enjoyed the characters – and there are a whole host of them. They were mostly well-developed. Bree is incredibly likeable, kind-hearted, forgiving, passionate and most importantly, a good mother. I especially enjoyed her motley crew of friends that make up her family. Daniel’s character is like a fine wine – bold and intense. I really found myself liking his character a lot.
Good character development.
The book was completely mischaracterized as suspense. It was a bit long and drawn-out. There were several parts in the book where I found myself very confused.
If you read this book as a romance, it is likely that you will enjoy it. I was not overwhelmed; however, it was a good read
Nell E. S. Douglas has possessed a deep, abiding love for written words since childhood. The transition from reader, to writer, was a natural one. Her first stories, penned on the lined pages of class notebooks, were inspired by her mother’s poetry and epic tales of travel, and a professorial inquisitiveness inherited from her father. Following college in Florida, Nell exited the world of pure imagination, and entered the one of business, successfully establishing a career in sales, and developing a cup-a-day habit (of coffee). Today, Nell writes everything from story ideas to essays during the spaces in-between domestic goddessing, and contributing as a managing partner to a thriving small business. Nell resides in Florida, with her husband and their children, passing on the traditions of her mother, and sinking her feet in the sand whenever possible.
Her favorite books are Pride and Prejudice, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Her favorite movies are Gladiator, anything by Scorcese, The Time Traveller’s Wife, and Bridesmaids.