I’ve read Spindle Cove #3 and #3.5 so naturally, I had to go back
to the first one and read them from the beginning.
In just the first few pages (minutes) I realized there were little odds and ends about Spindle Cove that I had missed reading the series out of order. On the flipside having a little bit of foresight in the series, I could see that Dare really had a firm grasp on who all her character from book one.
Let’s back up. Spindle Cove is a seaside resort town that caters to women who don’t fit into society definition as agreed upon by well. . .the patriarchy.
Susanna Finch is the hostess of this town and this paradise for women is her whole world. So when a threesome of military men make a (literal) explosive entrance into town, Susanna wants them out.
But the headstrong commanding officer Bramwell has just been given the title of Lord and he wants to start a Spindle Cove militia, goddammit! Even if his only options are a vicar with an eye for tulle and blacksmith who makes jewelry. Don’t worry he’ll make men out of them!
Forget the Napoleonic War because the battle of the sexes waging in Spindle Cove–might end in more than a cease-fire. Especially after the bar fights, explosions, and mild head injuries. Also, Bram (reluctantly) owns a pet lamb. . . named Dinner.
Once again Dare manages to keep the atmosphere of her novels fun and energetic with a great sense of community.
The story was a lot of fun but the layout of the plot was a little spotty. Like at one point Bram gets sensible and realizes it’s disrespectful for him to want Susanna when he’s supposed to be an officer and gentlemen. . . but then the next chapter he seduces her in a willow tree. I liked the meat of this story, but the big climax and resolution felt sparse. I just didn’t buy the decision Susanna makes at the end of this book.
Narrator Carolyn Morris makes this audiobook, she has such a great
voice and she really puts some performance behind it. Spindle Cove is a fun rompy series! I’m saving one of these for my next vacation book.