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April 28, 2016

Mars... with Venus Rising {Hope Toler Daugherty}

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A meddling horse, paper bag floors and a flying saucer on the town square. The little town of Mars has it all--including a brand new resident who might spell heartache for one of its own. 

Twenty-something Penn Davenport yearns for an exciting life in the big city and wants to shed the label of orphan that she's worn for years. To achieve that dream, she must pass the CPA exam then move away from the two aunts who reared her after her parents died in a plane crash. 

When John Townsend—full of life and the joy of living—moves to town, he rattles Penn's view of herself, her life, and her dreams...which isn't such a bad thing until she falls for him and discovers he's a pilot.

My Thoughts:
I admit this one started very slow for me. So slow, I almost gave up on it. However, I kept going and it did redeem itself in the end.

I felt the character development happened very quickly. Because of this, I had a difficult time making a connection with the characters until about the halfway point in this book. However, once I felt like I really knew them, the characters grew on me.

Penn is a girl with a tragic past, and she lets that past dictate every move in her current life. It is irritating at times, and sympathetic at others. However, the entire story becomes about Penn overcoming her fears and letting her life run its course.

Penn’s aunts are hilarious. Older ladies who have taken care of Penn and only want the best for her, they meddle in all of her business and drive her crazy. However, Penn loves her aunts, and she would do anything for them. She discovers just how much she loves them and wants to be with them by the time the book ends.

And then there is John. John came out of nowhere in this book, and I had a hard time fitting him into a mold. But he becomes the saving grace for Penn and the one who helps her to finally overcome her fears. The relationship between Penn and John is slow moving but ends so sweetly.

Overall, I found this book to be just okay. It was slow, a little tough to hold my attention at times, but in the end an okay book.