July 23, 2012

Imperfect Bliss

The Harcourts are a middle-class, mixed-race couple with four daughters. Ever since giving birth to the girls, Mrs. Forsythia Harcourt's goal was for her daughters to marry a royal, wealthy prince. She even named the girls after the Windsor royals.

Bliss, the second-born daughter, is the main character. She is a new divorcee hesitant to date again and break her many months of celibacy. She moved back home along with her special needs daughter and is focused on earning her PhD. The Harcourts lives are disrupted when younger sister Diana is the star of a new reality television show called THE VIRGIN. Bliss tries her hardest to stay away from the reality show cameras, the production crew, and the blooming romance. But she can't help but to be drawn in.

This is my second book read by author Susan Fales-Hill. The concept was meant to be Pride and Prejudice meets The Bachelorette. Yes, there are historical references and dialogue but it did not meet the mark. The developing romance held my attention, although it was predictable and could have been more of a climax. The suspense of which suitor would end up with Bliss didn't quite build up. It could have been so much more!

If you have high expectations of a modern-day Jane Austen style book, Imperfect Bliss will fall shy. If you are looking for a light romance read for the summer, then give it a try. Also view the video below of designer Isaac Mizrahi discussing reality television and Imperfect Bliss with author Susan Fales-Hill. (FYI: I definitely agree with the author's statement in the interview that dating reality shows are a distortion of courtship. You'll have to read the book to see how this statement relates.)

Author: Susan Fales-Hill
Published: July 3, 2012
Pages: 304
Edition: ARC
Rating: ♥♥♥


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