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    Great Book

    This book surprised me - It is always delightful to take a chance on a book, and find that it is a hit. From page one, I was drawn into the plot - I had a tough time putting this book down. The Plot: I loved the storyline in "Settle Down Now" - It was almost like "The Bachelorette" meets "Miss Marple". I believe the chick-lit/romance aspect of this novel, spiced with a dash of whodunit, would make a prime beach read for the summer. I will admit, that some parts of the plot were predictable - but in the context of this story, I wasn't put off. The Setting: I loved the setting of South Africa, it is a country that I am completely unfamiliar with, which made it interesting. It is said that, one of the best ways to learn about a country- its values, politics, etc - is to read its literature; this novel by Leenna Naidoo is no exception. The Characters: I believe that the cast of characters depicted in "Settle Down Now" are easy to relate to, and develop feelings for - whether they be positive or negative. As a reader, I very much enjoyed reading about Charmaine; I was easily able to empathise for her. I also found her sense of independence and self refreshing. On the other hand, we had Joss - who downright pissed me off with her meddling, manipulating and least of all, her shallowness. As for Robert Hart, I believed him to be a bit of a dark horse - which, I am sure was the intention. Ultimately, these feelings were a clue that Leenna Naidoo is a good writer. My Nitpicks: Perhaps, the only thing I can say that really flashed out at me were that transitions. Maybe it is just me, but I found the transitions to and from flashbacks to be a bit awkward - ie coming back to the present as "9 years later", perhaps Naidoo could have just said "Present". Ultimately, this novel is a delightful page turner that captured my intrigue from the first page. If you are looking for a romance story with a hint of thriller/action, I highly recommend "Settle Down Now". Final note: upon the conclusion of this book, I went to the Kobo website to download Naidoo's three free Ebooks: Dear Santa (A Love Wish) , No Distance to Run, and I Find Myself Charmed (also on ibooks, Indigo, and Barnes & Noble)

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