Review: The Bracelet by Dorothy Love

The year is fast approaching its end! I have a couple more reviews to share with you before we start fresh in the new year with favorites of 2014 and TBR 2015 lists!

The Bracelet by Dorothy Love
Thomas Nelson, 2014

As I read the prologue of The Bracelet, I was completely hooked by the ominous scene that unfolded. A family name shrouded in mystery and secrets shut tightly behind closed doors give this novel an intriguing premise. Were the tragic deaths that occurred years ago really accidents? Or was there something more sinister behind the misfortunes of one family?

This novel had so much potential, but I felt myself lacking interest in picking up this book each time I went to read. Soon after finishing the prologue and diving into the story, I did not feel engaged with the plot or the characters.

I have to admit that I skimmed a portion of The Bracelet because the pacing of the story was slow to gain momentum. Hints are revealed, but the progress of the story was stunted by the lack of revealing information that held any sense of urgency.

My biggest issue was transitions between chapters. Several times a chapter would end at a place where tension was high (which I liked). But when continuing on to the next chapter, all anticipation was lost because it would not pick up where the last chapter left off. Rather, the following chapter would look back at that moment of tension in retrospect, which relieved all excitement to find out what happened next.

Centered around a family with a tainted past, The Bracelet delves into a world of secrets and lies that threaten to shatter everyone involved with the tragedy. Although I did not connect with this story, I urge you to read it for yourself and come to your own conclusions.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Summary (from Goodreads):
Celia Browning is counting the days until her childhood sweetheart Sutton Mackay returns to Savannah after two years in Jamaica looking after his family’s shipping interests. She’s certain he will propose marriage, thus joining two of the city’s most prominent families. But just as Sutton returns, an unsavory newspaper reporter arrives in town, determined to revive interest in the secret tragedies that occurred in the Browning mansion on Madison Square when Celia was a child.

A series of mysterious notes arrives at the house, followed by an anonymous gift–a bracelet imbued with a sinister message. Is it merely a coincidence, or is someone out to harm her?

As war clouds gather over Savannah and her beloved father’s health worsens, Celia determines to uncover the truth about what really happened all those years ago.

Inspired by actual events in one of Savannah’s most prominent 19th-century families, “The Bracelet “combines romance, rich historical detail, and breathtaking suspense as one young woman embarks upon a dangerous quest to free herself from her family’s tragic past.

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