I’ve had the pleasure of reading several Donna Fasano books in the last year. I enjoyed them all. I’ve read Merry Go Round, Her Fake Romance and Take Me I’m Yours. All were truly good books, but I found Runaway Bride to be a great book.
What’s the difference between a good book and a great book? A good book entertains me. I enjoy the characters and the story. But a great book does much more than that. A great book pulls me in and allows me to connect with the characters; to feel their emotions; see their strengths and weaknesses and virtually live their story with them.
I found myself pulled into Runaway Bride from the very first chapter. The strengths of the main character were immediately apparent. She was young, getting ready for her wedding day to a man she truly loved. But something was missing. She tried to explain this to both her mother and Daniel, but she simply couldn’t find the words to express the fear she felt inside. The fear that if she married this wonderful man she would never truly know who she was or what she was capable of. How many young brides and even young grooms have felt that way? Perhaps Savanna’s courage was truly hampered by her age as she chose what many would see as the easy way out by doing the unthinkable–she ran.
Savanna’s character is further shown through her return several years later. A return that for many would be once again doing the unthinkable. To face the town and the people she’d literally left holding the bag, and the man she’d left standing at the alter. She had to be terrified and yet she did it, and immediately found that little had changed. People still loved her, and further she found the town she had let down now needed her expertise to save the local hospital.
I loved travelling through the small town so similar to the one I grew up in. I loved Ms. Ida whose store seemed similar to the 5 and Dime on the corner of Main Street when I was a child. I loved the neighbors and their children.
Daniel’s character for me shone through something he kept from the wedding. Something I’m sure he looked at many times with mixed emotions. Love, hate and anger.
What makes a great book for me–I don’t want it to end for one. I think about it for days, weeks or even months afterwards and relive the story in my mind. Donna Fasano’s characters are real people with real life situations. Her scenery comes alive and makes you feel you’re there.
I stopped reading romance books many years ago when it all became the same thing–boy meets girl (usually rich boy); they argue, they have hot torrent sex and argue some more. They have more hot sex not being able to keep their hands off each other and yet presumably they hate each other. Then there’s some epiphany and eureka they’re in love. Not very real, but more like the soap operas I also stopped watching.
Fasano’s romances are sweet and not filled with hot sex scenes. They remind me of what falling in love was like. Refreshing!