"Realistic romance at its finest. . ."
Reviewed by Dot Dittman
Posted February 23, 2015
I enjoy reading a variety of genres. Even when reading
romance, I like to have different types of stories:
contemporary, historical, paranormal, comedy. . . Leanne
Davis has done something that not many romance writers do.
She writes a sub-genre that is realistic romance.
is not escapism—these are flawed people that you could
anywhere who are trying to work through the problems of
life. They are not millionaires nor are they unbelievably
gorgeous. But their story is worth telling and gives hope
to those in similar situations.
The result of this type of writing is an
emotionally engaging story full of heartbreak. I get so
frustrated with Angie Peters who keeps trying to run away
from her problems by leaving her hometown. She had a teen
pregnancy and she just can't seem to forgive herself for
giving the baby up for adoption. No matter how much she
accomplishes, she believes what her mother tells her--that
she is nothing special. She is actually trying to run away
from who she is instead of facing her problems head-on.
seems doomed to repeat the cycle of self-loathing that she
has inherited from her mother. And her counterpart, the
handsome but seemingly heartless Sean Langston has issues
of his own. He plays the playboy when the woman he really
wants he can never have. Every time Angie and Sean are
around each other, there are fireworks. Sometimes the
sexy kind and sometimes the hurtful kind.
This is Leanne Davis' fourth book about the seaside
town of Seaclusion, Washington. The details of this lovely
setting are unobtrusive, yet engaging. Sean loves the sea
because it is constant and beautiful. Angie hates it
because it is unrelenting and brutal. This difference of
opinion shows the difference in their outlooks and needs.
But are they really as different as they think?
Ms. Davis has written a stand-alone book that just
happens to be part of a series. The characters of the
previous books do not steal the spotlight from Angie and
Sean—they nod politely in passing and put in a word or
But Seclusion is solely their story.
Angie Peters has come home to Seaclusion, Washington, the
town she fled six years ago after giving her daughter up
adoption. She once again has a secret she will tell no
especially not Sean Langston, the boy she had a child with
so many years before.
Sean Langston has a reputation he can't shake as a result
what happened with Angie. For reasons he refuses to
he is trying to restore a historical house he plans to
into a bed and breakfast named Seclusion. The old,
house has come to represent what Sean wants to be, and not
who he has been.
With Angie back, suddenly, everything between them is
different. Sean has never stopped loving Angie, and
together, after all these years, they start the
they were incapable of having as teenagers. Until Sean
learns the secret that brought Angie home, and will once
again rip their lives apart...
What do you think about this review?
1 comment posted.
Re: Realistic romance at its finest. . .
Wow! Thank you for such an amazing review! I do write fairly realistic stories, and it means so much to me when a reader enjoys one of my stories!
(Leanne Davis 1:10pm February 26, 2015)
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