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Review: Seeking Solace by Adrienne Dunning

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Sometimes running away is the first step in the right direction. Sarah Collier’s life has always been scripted for her, according to the expectations of her domineering, socially-connected Connecticut family. Everything always went as planned…until the unthinkable happened moments before walking down the aisle. On a whim, she does the first thing that comes to mind—she takes off on her honeymoon, alone. Sarah has never acted on spontaneity, so the impromptu trip may not be what Sarah thinks it will.

The quaint and rustic harbor village of North Berwick on Scotland’s East Lothian coast is typically devoid of tourists in the winter. So when an auburn-haired stranger who wanders into his pub on a cold, Sunday evening, Bretton Keith, self-assured and flirtatious pub owner that he is, sees an opportunity to break up the monotony of another village winter.
As Bretton comes to know, he finds it increasingly difficult to uphold his credo of never becoming attached. Can he forget the mistakes of the past and learn to trust another with his heart? Will Sarah, daring to think of her life in a different way, be brave enough to risk it on a man who was so hurt by another that he swore off ever falling in love again, or will the demands of her family prove too big an obstacle to overcome?

My Review

Seeking Solace was a quick and easy read for me. It follows the story of Sarah and Bretton. Sarah has always done what was expected her. Even going as far to marry someone she didn’t really love. However, fate intervenes at the last minute. Moments before she is supposed to walk down the alise, she finds out her fiancee isn’t coming. On a whim, she takes off to Scotland where she was supposed to be going on her honeymoon.

Bretton, is a self-assured and flirtatious pub owner. He’s tired of the monotony. He’s tired of never becoming attached. Meeting Sarah will make change his perspective and make him long for things he’s sworn he doesn’t want. Can Sarah make him forget the past and let him open up his heart again? Will Sarah be able to become her own person and do what she wants for a change? Will she risk everything for the man that she’s fallen in love with?

Overall I found this book to be an ok read. I loved the town and the scenery where the story took place. I liked the idea of the story. I liked how Sarah took a big risk and upon taking that risk, she found her self and became truly happy. I thought that Sarah and Bretton were a good match for each other. Sarah made Bretton open his eyes to the possibility of love and showed him that not all people will leave and break his heart.

I did have some issues with the pacing of the story. I would have liked to have seen Sarah and Bretton’s relationship develop a little more. I felt like certain things in the story happened a little too quickly.

Other than the pacing issue, I thought this book was a really sweet read. It had some angst, drama, and of course romance. Seeking Solace is Adrienne Dunning’s debut novel. I think this author has a lot of potential and I’m looking forward to checking out more from her in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Adrienne Dunning is simply a Southern gal who has fun playing poorly
at golf when she’s not crafting novels.
She loves all forms of expression—writing, dancing, cooking, talking—and does them frequently and with abandon.  She loves creating endearing and feisty characters full of humor and just a little awkwardness to keep them “real”.  Although a possible mystery series is under current exploration, her current works are primarily aligned with the contemporary romance/chick lit genres.  She is heavily active in her local NaNoWriMo chapter, and Seeking Solace, her debut novel releasing April 2015, is the resulting product of a NaNo project.  She lives in coastal North Carolina and uses that region as the setting for many of her stories.  
Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter: @adriennedwrites
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