Resolutions by Carol Warham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Resolutions is a light, easy read romance set in Yorkshire.
Carly Mitchell is returning to the small town of Yeardon, which she left abruptly a year ago; she has now come back to face her demons and make apologies.
As the story unfolds we learn that Carly jilted her fiancé at the alter and no one has heard from her since then. Most people in town are still angry and unwelcoming towards her. However, Ben Thornton, the new young Doctor, offers her friendship, even after hearing the rumours.
Whilst Carly tries to sort out the complex mix she left behind, the situation becomes worse before it gets resolved. Her blossoming friendship with Ben is also tested by the arrival of his ex-partner.
This was a sweet little romance, but the story and the dialogue felt a little old-fashioned for the implied age of the main characters. I would also have enjoyed less repetition of characters ‘needing to talk’ out their concerns. I thought the story could benefit from deeper character development which would have allowed me to feel more empathy, particularly for Carly. But, overall, an okay debut novel from which the author can further develop her writing style.
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A few days before the New Year, Carly Mitchell returns home to the small town on the Yorkshire moors. Her intention for the short visit is to make her apologies and offer an explanation for her action. A year earlier, she fled, leaving her bridegroom and friends bewildered.
She’s met with mixed reactions, ranging from curiosity to open hostility. However, when an emergency arises, Carly agrees to change her plans and stay a little longer. Falling in love with the new local doctor, Ben Thornton, was not part of her original plan either. Especially when it appears his past is shrouded in mystery.
Complications and tensions increase during the town’s New Year celebrations and she begins to doubt whether she has done the right thing by coming home.
Can she find the resolution she needs to overcome the challenges facing her, or will she run away again?