Jackson by Emily March | Book Review

Poor Pacing + Forgettable Characters = Not for Me

POSTED ON July 3, 2019 BY Austine IN Book Review

Jackson by Emily March | Book Review
by Emily March
Series: Eternity Springs: The McBrides of Texas #1, Eternity Springs #16
Published on June 25, 2019 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 320
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romance

From New York Times bestselling author Emily March comes Jackson, the newest novel in the critically acclaimed Eternity Springs series.

Sometimes it takes a new beginning
Caroline Carruthers thinks she buried her dreams along with the love of her life…until a stranger named Celeste dares her to chase a dream all on her own. Moving to Redemption, Texas, is chapter one in Caroline’s new life story. Opening a bookstore is the next. Finding love is the last thing on her mind as she settles into this new place called home. But when she meets a handsome, soulful man who’s also starting over, all bets are off.

to reach a happily-ever-after
Jackson McBride came to Redemption looking only to find himself, not someone to love. Ever since his marriage ended, he’s been bitter. Sure, he used to believe in love—he even has the old song lyrics to prove it—but the Jackson of today is all business. That is, until a beautiful young widow who’s moved to town inspires a change of heart. Could it be that the myth of Redemption’s healing magic is true…and Jackson and Caroline can find a second chance at a happy ending after all?

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Knight's Judgment
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Jackson isn’t the first Emily March book I’ve read and not even the first in the Eternity Springs world, but it’s definitely near the bottom of my list for contemporary romances. I think there were some issues that were more universal but a lot of it came down to my personal preferences.

The book is split into 2 parts. The first acts mostly as backstory with how our protagonists, Caroline and Jackson, initially meet in the small town of Redemption. There’s some chemistry but nothing really happens beyond laying the groundwork for the second half of the book, which featured the actual romance and most of the plot (the story didn’t move forward very far for the first 50%). The whole setup wasn’t working for me because I wondered why we even needed 150ish pages of build up and then several time jumps and rushed scenes in the later part. The pacing was all over the place and I nearly DNFed once the story jumped ahead one year into the second half.

The Jackson cast wasn’t super memorable as far as contemporary romances go. Both protagonists have been hurt in their past and are looking for comfort, and they fall in love. I wasn’t terribly interested in their romance, and this book was pretty clean where that was concerned, nothing graphic, just fade to black type stuff. Which, okay, that’s fine, but it just kind of sealed the deal on this one as not being my kind of story. I couldn’t connect to either character and I wasn’t really behind the romance, nor did we even get any really steamy scenes so it was all just a bust.

And while it didn’t impact the story, this book had a lot of technical issues (extra or missing words, grammar problems, etc). I’d understand these if I read an early copy but this was the finished product and I don’t think I’ve seen that many in a book in quite a while.

I think Jackson was just not a good book for me from the start but it also had some issues that might be more general turn-offs to keep in mind. I’m pretty sure I know which couples will be in the next 2 books (I’m assuming there will be 2 because of how this one went). Not really sure if I’ll pick them up or not but I can’t say I’m super excited.

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