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In the Land of Milk and Honey
by Nell E.S. Douglas
Publication date: January 17th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
When Gabrielle “Bree” Valentine awoke in a hospital bed with a newborn baby, she centered herself and rebuilt. Bree didn’t think about her mental breakdown, lost memories, or the features of a stranger emerging daily in the face of the son she is raising alone. Five years later, on a weekend in the Hamptons, a chance encounter with a man unlike any other jars her—bone deep. Daniel Hawthorne Baird II, wealthy, dangerous, British aristocrat, gravitates to Bree like caviar on crostini. In his relentless obsession with Bree, their lives entwine despite Bree’s resistance. With the unconditional support of friends she calls ‘family’, Bree confronts the most difficult questions of her life. Unearthing the painful mysteries behind who fathered her child, who the real Daniel Baird is, and the irrepressible desire driving her towards a man destined to be the end of them both.
Could not put down. Gut-wrenching. Emotional on so many levels. Caused sleepless nights. I DREAMED about this book, okay? That’s how into my head it got. This book tore me apart. So much angst. So much anxiety-inducing but darn-do-I-love-it angst.
It’s a long book, but that’s okay. Those are my favorites. If I can finish a book in a couple of hours or a day, it’s not as satisfying. This book took me two and half days. It must be well over 100,000 words. Maybe even over 150,000. Awesome!
Anyway, Gabrielle was a lovely character. She was the glue that kept everyone together, which is ironic because she had made some of her friends when they had put her back together. There were many times when her friends got frustrated with her for being so stoic. However, I admired her. She took a bad situation and turned into something well beyond what others would have been capable of doing.
Daniel was complex. He was two characters in one. He was either hot or cold, tender or bitter, remorseful or hostile. He was the most hated character of all time (in my opinion) for the first half of this book. However, when you learn why he was so cold, bitter, and hostile, you can’t help feeling sorry for him and growing to, not love but, have affection for him.
Every character in this book felt special. Some you had to hate. Some you loved. Some were funny or sweet or noble. And one in particular was an enigma. I am literally shaking my head just thinking about that guy.
A lot is said in this book without being outright said. I think a lot of people are not going to understand that. I really loved that part of the book. It showed insight in Gabrielle.
I just lost train of thought writing her name because what she goes through in this book is still stuck in my head. Book hangover, anyone?
Continuing … As long as this book is, I wish the last chapter was longer. There were pieces given to you throughout the book that were summed up too quickly. Also, some of the characters that were so prominent in the beginning petered off without warning. The editing also needs a lot of work (C&D Editing is awesome. Just saying). Despite that, the editing does NOT take away from the heart-wrenching story. It was easy to see past it and keep going because so much is going on. It’s so enrapturing. So much drama, confusion, heartache, and mystery. The mystery is what really sucked me in. I just wanted to know what had happened 5 years ago!!!!
I can’t give this book anything less than 5 stars.
Review by Kat Alexander, author of Looking Back on Forever
5 can-I-give-it-more-stars? Stars!!!!
Nell E. S. Douglas has possessed a deep, abiding love for written words since childhood. The transition from reader, to writer, was a natural one. Her first stories, penned on the lined pages of class notebooks, were inspired by her mother’s poetry and epic tales of travel, and a professorial inquisitiveness inherited from her father. Following college in Florida, Nell exited the world of pure imagination, and entered the one of business, successfully establishing a career in sales, and developing a cup-a-day habit (of coffee). Today, Nell writes everything from story ideas to essays during the spaces in-between domestic goddessing, and contributing as a managing partner to a thriving small business. Nell resides in Florida, with her husband and their children, passing on the traditions of her mother, and sinking her feet in the sand whenever possible.
Her favorite books are Pride and Prejudice, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Her favorite movies are Gladiator, anything by Scorcese, The Time Traveller’s Wife, and Bridesmaids.
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