For Richer For Poorer by Dawn Pitts
Ladies and gentlemen, here we have a book that I actually do not like. Rarely, do I not adore a book. I typically enjoy reading anything, but I did not enjoy this one.
For Richer For Poorer started out great. At the beginning of the book, we meet Harold and Samantha Thornton right as Harold’s online publishing business fails, and they lose everything they have worked for the last 30 years since they married. They are forced to leave they’re home on the coast of Australia and have to start over in a rundown cottage. Samantha and Harold work to rebuild life and rekindle the love they once had. There are flashbacks to happier times that help them remember how much fun they have together and fall in love again. If the story continued on this track and maintained the slower pace it started with, I would have enjoyed it. It would have been a sweet read to break up more intense stories. But no.
The drama in this book was piled on, and to me, it just felt like too much. Samantha’s parents get in a car accident, and we’re introduced to old family drama that has lasted over 40 years. Next, we’re introduced to Samantha and Harold’s daughter Jacinta, her husband Ralph and their newborn son, who live in America. They plan to have an Australian wedding ceremony for Jacinta’s family and do the baby naming ceremony at the same time. Jacinta’s brother David also plans on being home for the service. David lives in London, England and works as an undercover cop fighting terrorism in the UK.
The story hops around a bit between England, Australia and the US. Some events and details feel like they are thrown in just for the sake of adding them, not because they help the story. Some things that are made to seem important get abruptly cut short. There are several sudden gaps in time. The story seemed very choppy to me, it doesn’t feel cohesive. It felt like everything, and the kitchen sink was thrown in to make it eventful and exciting. However, connections are lacking, and it was too overdramatic for me.
If you have a flair for the dramatic, you might enjoy For Richer For Poorer. I personally would have liked it if the story was more cohesive, and everything was tied in better.
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