Monday, April 27, 2015

Review: The Beautiful Daughters by Nicole Baart

The Beautiful Daughters
by Nicole Baart

Publisher: Atria
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Adrienne Vogt and Harper Penny were closer than sisters, until the day a tragedy blew their seemingly idyllic world apart. Afraid that they got away with murder and unable to accept who they had lost—and what they had done—Harper and Adri exiled themselves from small-town Blackhawk, Iowa, and from each other. Adri ran thousands of miles away to Africa while Harper ventured down a more destructive path closer to home.

Now, five years later, both are convinced that nothing could ever coax them out of the worlds in which they’ve been living. But unexpected news from home soon pulls Adri and Harper back together, and the two cannot avoid facing their memories and guilt head-on. As they are pulled back into the tangle of their fractured relationships and the mystery of Piperhall, the sprawling estate where their lives first began to unravel, secrets and lies behind the tragic accident are laid bare. The former best friends are forced to come to terms with their shared past and search for the beauty in each other while mending the brokenness in themselves.

Kritters Thoughts:  Adrienne (Adri) Vogt is returning home to take care of the affairs of her deceased fiance's recently passed mom.  She has inherited a large home and is having to revisit a lot of feelings from her past that she tried to bury by escaping to Africa as a nurse.  Her four friends from high school will reconvene and all the emotions will come back and they will have to really confront what happened before they all scattered after college. 

For some reason this one just didn't work for me, the pacing felt extremely slow and I didn't connect with either girl and I so desperately wanted to.  There were so many pages worth of hinting that something happened when David died and it took so long for any details to eek out and I think that is where the disconnect started with me.  I just wanted more after reading the synopsis and this one didn't deliver.

I have a few more Nicole Baart books on my shelf and still want to read them, so we shall see.

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2015 Challenge:  30 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Simon and Schuster.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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