Thursday, December 22, 2016

Glass Tidings by Amy Jo Cousins

Glass Tidings by Amy Jo Cousins

Review by Lauren

source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryEddie Rodrigues doesn’t stay in one place long enough to get attached. The only time he broke that rule, things went south fast. Now he’s on the road again, with barely enough cash in his pocket to hop a bus south after his (sort-of-stolen) car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Midwest, USA.

He’s fine. He’ll manage. Until he watches that girl get hit by a car and left to die.

Local shop owner Grayson Croft isn’t in the habit of doing people any favors. But even a recluse can’t avoid everyone in a town as small as Clear Lake. And when the cop who played Juliet to your Romeo in the high school play asks you to put up her key witness for the night, you say yes.

Now Gray’s got a grouchy glass artist stomping around his big, empty house, and it turns out that he . . . maybe . . . kind of . . . likes the company.

But Eddie Rodrigues never sticks around.

Unless a Christmas shop owner who hates the season can show an orphan what it means to have family for the holidays.

Review: Let me preface this review by saying that I really love this author and some of her other novels, but Glass Tidings just didn't work for me all that much. There is some age difference between Gray and Eddie, though I couldn't ever really figure out how much. Age differences in romance don't bother me if they are done well, but I just felt like Eddie was too much of a kid for Gray and therefore, it didn't entirely ring "true" for me.

Also, the reason that Eddie is stuck in town is due to a hit and run that he witnessed. I thought this aspect would play more of a part, but it didn't. Sure, it's mentioned throughout and there were some parts of this story line that I did not see coming, but all in all, it just seemed like a convenient way for the two guys to meet.

Regardless of my qualms, I did finish the book, so it wasn't terrible and I did really enjoy parts of the story. I thought Gray and Eddie's love of books was really cute, and I liked how both characters grew throughout the novel. All in all, I gave this 3 stars on Goodreads.

Want to read Glass Tidings? Get it from Amazon for $17.99


Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity said...

Oh no! I'm sorry that you didn't end up loving this one, Lauren. I actually bought a copy of this a few days ago, so I'm interested now to see what I think.

I feel like the "being stuck together over Christmas" trope is one that's used a lot in these Christmas books, so I get what you mean about the convenience of the storyline.

I'm still looking forward to reading it because I love character growth and characters who love books! And reading all these Christmas books has been lovely so far.

Great review!

Liz. R said...
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Liz. R said...

Sorry, made a bunch of mistakes in my first comment, so I deleted and reposted :). It's a shame you didn't love this one, especially since you normally like the author's work! I know what you mean about things not ringing true - glad you did enjoy parts of the story at least! Cover is very festive though, I can see it making a very Christmassy read! Thanks so much for sharing your review.

Lola said...

It does have a pretty cover, but that's too bad you didn't enjoy it as much as her other novels. Sounds like the two characters didn't fit together that well. It would seem nice if the hit and run plot line would've gotten more attention. I am glad you did enjoy parts of it.

Lisa Mandina said...

That's too bad it didn't work for you. I hate when I read something by an author that I love and am not blown away. But it happens. I do love the cover on this one too. Great review!