A Return, A Reunion, A Wedding by Annie O’Neil


From the back of A Return, A Reunion, A Wedding:

A second chance with her GP… 
Dare she follow her heart this time?

Jayne had been so happy! Engaged to gorgeous Sam Crenshaw, planning an idyllic life together as GPs in Whitticombe’s close-knit community. Until the day her twin sister died, compelling Jayne to leave the man she loved to fulfil her sister’s dreams. Now a paediatric cardiologist, Jayne’s hit crisis point—and coming home to heal reminds her that her own dream is still life with Sam!

The good

I was really looking forward to reading A Return, A Reunion, A Wedding. I loved the premise, even just from reading the cover blurb I felt for Jayne. Those feelings intensified when I started reading the book and was first introduced to Jayne. I really liked her and admired her as well. I also really loved the character of Sana, too bad she only appeared once.

Sam was lovely too, I really felt for him. I pictured him as Ted, the vet from Schitt’s Creek, which is in no way a slight on the character. I LOVE Ted. Poor Sam had his heart broken and I really didn’t blame him for being careful when Jayne came back into his life.

I also really liked how Annie O’Neil described life in Whitticombe, everyone sounded so lovely. That might not be realistic, but it was the perfect setting for the book.

All in all this was just a very sweet romance. And, of course, the plight of Jayne’s friend Maggie was very touching and had me on the edge of my seat at one point (no spoilers!).

The not-so-good

A Return, A Reunion, A Wedding sadly did not live up to my expectations. It wasn’t a bad book, by any stretch of the imagination, and on the surface the story holds up. However, there were a few things that I found disappointing.

Jayne’s conflict was set up really well, but didn’t hold up. I get that grief hits everyone differently and guilt often follows the death of a loved one. But in Jayne’s case, I just didn’t find what she felt guilty about very believable. Jayne is an intelligent woman, I can understand her feeling guilty and grief-stricken in the immediate aftermath of her sister’s death, but this book takes place seven years later. I found it quite jarring, because I kept thinking I had missed something and she had more to feel guilty of.

I also found elements of the book quite repetitive. There wasn’t that much of a build-up to the eventual reveal, quite early on Sam acknowledges his feelings for Jayne and the reader knows that Jayne and Sam will end up together. (Well, we know anyhow as this is a romance and we know romance has a HEA, but there wasn’t much of a will-they-won’t-they tension.)

In conclusion

A Return, A Reunion, A Wedding is a light read when you want to read a feel-good medical romance. I personally got a bit annoyed with the repetition and the not-quite-believable struggled that Jayne went through, but not everyone is as critical of plot as I am.

A Return, A Reunion, A Wedding will be available from Mills and Boon in August.

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