What an unexpected, almost bizarre (in a good way) story this turned out to be! “Crossed Lines” is the second book in the “Love Along the Wires” series by Jennifer Delamere, and features a plot that completely took me by surprise in so many ways.
At first, this story was frustrating because the characters seemed to be falling in love with the appearances of their crush, without actually knowing anything else about them. I hoped the entire novel would not be as superficial as that, and in the end the characters realized their folly – but it took a good long while! I loved the inclusion of comic relief in the form of a little spinster handbook – which also made several hilarious appearances in the previous book of the series.
This was also the type of story that makes you want to pull your hair out, because of all the misunderstandings and mixups – and yet I know that in their place, I would probably act similarly! In fact, I saw a lot of myself in the heroine, and some of her flaws made me realize that I often struggle with discontent too. I appreciated this wake-up call in my personal life – the author must have experience with those feelings to have written about it so realistically. This made for a very compelling story in many ways, even as it drove me a bit crazy at the same time.
All in all, in this story of mistaken identities, love letters that are not what they seem, and a love triangle that defies the odds, I found it not only entertained but also endeared itself to me… even as it frustrated me with all the complications. I cannot wait to see what is in store in the next book, and I can already guess who the heroine will be. My question is, how will the advice of the spinster handbook affect her romantic story? I hope we don’t have too long to wait to find out!
“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”