Anne Ashby has a way of drawing me into her stories quickly and keeping me hooked till the very last word. I loved how Ms. Ashby added details of how things are different in the US compared to New Zealand. It is fun to see the differences. I remember when I moved overseas and how things can be very different. I also enjoyed how Raven was going to teach Greg a lesson. I enjoyed watching her do that. I also found that Anne threw in a few surprises I was not expecting. This is a delightful read that I am still thinking about over a month later.
July 12, 2012 By Tifferz
World’s Apart is a beautiful romance story. All of the characters are brought to vivid life for the reader and enables them to cheer for them, roll their eyes at them and even yell at them. I found the story flowed and before I knew it I was on the last page. Anne Ashby provide touching romance that will whet the appetite and quench the thirst.
Delane – Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
Raven is in need of some rest and relaxation, so although reluctant she agrees to spend a few weeks in the home of her soon-to-be stepfather. Brad makes Raven’s mother, Joy, deliriously happy, and Raven is thrilled about the match. While hesitant to leave her two boys, Raven is excited to meet Brad’s children, Greg and Abby and hopes to make a good impression.
Greg is not happy, to say the least, about his father’s engagement. Brad barely knows this woman, he had only met her on his holiday in New Zealand. The woman could be a gold-digger for all he knew! When Greg sees Raven at the airport, he feels that his fears are confirmed. Someone as young and attractive as Raven couldn’t possibly be interested in his father for anything other than his money! Though Raven quickly figures out the misunderstanding, she is furious with Greg’s presumptions and rude behaviour. To teach him a lesson, she plays the role of Brad’s very materialistic fiancee. But once things start to heat up between Raven and Greg, will the deception keep them apart?
This book is addictive! The initial misunderstanding between Raven and Greg is hilarious, and the comedy continues as Raven keeps up the pretense. The differences between their two cultures is highlighted in very realistic ways, from their speech to their different ways of driving. Both characters have walls that they need to work through in order to build a proper relationship. They are tied together by feelings of love and loss and are hesitant to try again. However, the two help each other move on from the past in a beautiful way. There is just enough light humour to balance the serious aspects of the novel. The other characters of the novel are interesting as well. I would have liked to know more about Raven’s friend Justin, as he seemed to have problems of his own that could have been explored. Possibly in another book? All in all, a really great read!
Reviewed by: Jane Eliot | Jul 08, 2011 | 1-60154-722-6