Gone Country is the first book in the Cousins Gone series by Katrina Marie. This is the first book that I have read from this author so I really didn’t know what to expect going in. What I found between the covers was a cute and very light read.
Diehard city girl meets down to earth country boy. This is a tried and true recipe that I have read many times before and have enjoyed- especially as an in-between my heavier reads book-snack. I think this story held a lot of potential, but failed to deliver, for me. Like I said, it is a cute and light read- there really wasn’t anything there that really grabbed my attention to make it stand out from the crowd. The characters were ok, but they frustrated me so much, I really had trouble connecting with them. But I feel that with some tweaking like fixing the grammar issues, keeping the pace from lagging and dragging, having more detailed descriptions, with more development of the story and characters, and a little extra (realistic and unmanufactured) drama or conflict would definitely go a long way to making this book more memorable… but again that is just me. Please don’t let me put you off reading this story if you like a lighter read- I just prefer my stories with a bit more ‘meat’.
I am curious to read some of Katrina Marie’s other work to see what else she can do and if this is just a one-off issue, for me. I will probably go back and read this book again in a few weeks to see if I still feel the same way, or if maybe I was just having an ‘off’ reading day with this.
Thank you, Katrina Marie!
Reviewed by @angelahayes