Monday, October 15, 2012

Review: Say You'll Be Mine, by Julia Amante

After years in a bad marriage and taking over her family's vineyard, Isabel Gallegos is only a handshake away from the life she always wanted. But when news reaches her that her cousin died and she now is guardian of three young children, she flies to Argentina to form a plan. Right by her side is her ex, who suddenly wants to offer support. Isabel must choose between raising the children, leaving them with their grandmother, or maybe the long-lost uncle who mysteriously lays claim. Along the way she may just find out about herself too.

From page one I found Isabel to be selfish and hard to relate to. Here's three kids without anyone, and she's ready to pawn them on a very elderly grandmother, or worse, and uncle she knows nothing about who's estranged from the family for a reason. I understand the reason for animosity toward the ex, but the guy was trying. He was there. This book just didn't do it for me. In saying that, Amante sets her scene well and did her research on vineyards, law, and Argentina. I felt like I was right there with the characters.

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