Saturday, April 05, 2014

Review--The Wedding Ring Quest

The Wedding Ring QuestThe Wedding Ring Quest by Carla Kelly
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This won't go down as my favorite Carla Kelly, but I enjoyed it. It's a romance about comfort food...and comfort. Capt. Ross Rennie and his young son are traveling to Scotland when they meet Mary Rennie at a coaching inn. Mary is a distant....waaaaaaay distant cousin on a quest: to find a fruitcake with a missing wedding ring baked inside it. No kidding.

Ross and Nathan are getting to know one another again after Ross' years at sea battling Napoleon, but when Ross meets Mary there's an instant connection, and it's not cousinly.

As this unlikely trio travels around Northern England and Scotland, the reader is drawn into their lonely lives--the naval captain who can't leave war behind, the spinster who longs for a bit of adventure, the boy who wants to know his absent father and have a real family.

Like most Kelly novels it's a gentle weepfest about good people, and her fans are sure to enjoy it. I don't know that it'll be one of her frequently recommended novels, like Reforming Lord Ragsdale, but it's still a delightful (if unseasonal) treat.

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