A Refreshing Read…
I can’t say enough about Breaking All the Rules. Guess I’ll just start at the beginning. Ms. McKnight drew me in from the very first sentence…
“I know I hadn’t heard the words that came out of my sister’s mouth correctly.”
Deniece Malcolm was a consummate professional. A successful event planner, she’d started a new life in New York, away from her hometown in Garrison, Georgia. But then her sister called to share the wonderful news: she was getting married and was six months pregnant. But her sister wasn’t just marrying anyone. Janette Malcolm was marrying Deniece’s ex-boyfriend/love-of-her-life, Terrance Wright.
It’s on from there.
I certainly loved the dynamic between Deniece and Janette. As sisters, they were all the family they have since the loss of their parents. Deniece is literally torn between being there for her sister and wanting to smack her for getting with her ex.
I also loved the history between all the characters, having grown up together. Terrance was certainly the catch in their small town, being the local minister’s son. And Deniece and Terrance had a long-term young love. It was great seeing them face each other after all those years. I wondered if there was some ulterior motive for the engagement on Terrance’s part. Was he only marrying Janette to get Deniece’s attention? Did he really love her? Did he still love Deniece? So many questions.
Ethan Wright, Terrance’s cousin, enters the picture. I can’t help it, I love a good hero and Ms. McKnight delivered one to me with a heart-shaped bow in Ethan. He was such a good guy and the romantic tension between them set it off for me. He was everything in a good hero: he was fine, talented, rich (but not annoyingly rich), down-to-earth, and he could sing and play the piano. What a catch!
One of the things I truly enjoyed was Deniece herself. She reminded me of so many women I know. Successful in career and life, but unlucky in love. I rooted for her through the entire book. Of course, she had some rules. She wanted her Prince Charming to meet a certain criteria (and I don’t fault her for that). It’s a good thing Ethan was a rule breaker.
Breaking All the Rules was about taking a chance on the future and having enough courage to leave the past behind. It was about loyalty, family, trust, and love.
Ms. McKnight writes “real” life and I enjoyed every bit it. I couldn’t help but smile while reading it. There were times I laughed out loud, too. I will definitely read more of her work. She managed to create a wonderful romance with drama, meaty conflict, and no sex on the page. What a refreshing read!
-Reviewed by Leslie