My Bookshelf: Watercolors by Lorna Seilstad

Strong-willed watercolor artist Amelia York thought she could paint the scenes of her own life—that is until she finds herself responsible for getting her brother, a paralyzed war veteran, home to Iowa and must deal with the moody Army captain God has painted into her life.

Captain Braedon McCrae is ruled by honor and a strong sense of duty. Still, the deaths of two people close to him have left him angry at God and vowing to never love again.

After a steamboat incident forces Amelia and Braedon to marry, Amelia must decide if she will accept Braedon’s offer of an annulment or keep the sacred vows she made before God.

The more Amelia attempts to control her future, the more she muddies the picture, like watercolors in the hand of a child. an she learn to love, respect, and trust a man she barely knows?

Watercolors by Lorna Seilstad is a stand-alone novel, and isn’t the first book that I have read by her. Years ago, I was first introduced to her work when I read the first two stories in her Gregory Sisters series and I really enjoyed them. However, I must confess, I was sorely disappointed with this latest novel of hers. While it does have an interesting plot, and I wish I could say that I thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns that this story contained, there was just something lacking that kept me from really being able to lose myself in its pages.

I absolutely hate having to say something negative about anything someone has written. I know how difficult it is to create a story, and how much of ourselves we put into what we write, and I’ve only imagined what it would be like to have a published story of my own. Therefore, I don’t feel truly qualified to critique anything anyone has written. But, since that is what I have promised to do with this story, and since I have always vowed to be honest, I have to confess that I wasn’t even able to finish reading this book. If I had to find one word to describe why, I think I would say “choppy”. Many, many of the scenes were very short, maybe three to five paragraphs, which made me feel as if I couldn’t really get into a part of the story before it was switching to another one.

Other than the above, I will say that I have started to more carefully select what books I choose to read over the last few years because I simply do not have anywhere near the same amount of time to devote to reading as I used to. If I am only going to get to read two or three books per month—rather than two to three books per week like before—I want to make sure that they are very well written stories that I will definitely enjoy. My point is, that has made me somewhat of a harsher judge, so by all means check this book out for yourself and see if you find it to be more enjoyable than I did. I just can’t in good conscience recommend it since I wasn’t even able to finish it.

Rating: 1 Bookshelf

Recommend: No

I voluntarily reviewed a complementary copy of this book which I received from the author. All opinions expressed are my own.

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