I recently finished Watch Over Me, a clean romance novella by Jenny Dawson.
I was commissioned to read and review the following book. All opinions are honest and my own.
A fantastic journey to healing guided by love. A sweet, feel good story. Tender. Lovely.
What I loved about this novella was the journey. It was a story of healing through love, and I found that a delightful style for a romance. While there was an unnecessary character and some remaining typos throughout, the overall tone of the story kept me captivated and rooting for the protagonist. I also loved seeing disabled characters in a real way.
Watch Over Me follows Brenda. A single mom who’s ex-husband left her seven years prior upon the knowledge that their daughter she was carrying had Down Syndrome. Brenda has devoted herself as a mother. But when a new police officer moves into their apartment building, she finds an opportunity to love again.
With a relatable protagonist/heroine and a lovable child, the characters in Watch Over Me were real and worth rooting for. Brenda has the struggles every single mother does. What is best for my child? Should I even consider dating? What about her father? These questions lead Brenda on a path to both love and healing. And, it’s beautiful to see.
Brenda, as a heroine, did not disappoint. She was strong, relatable, and well rounded. It was beautiful to watch her grow and learn. She developed wonderfully. I hoped with her, worried with her, and cheered her on. Really, she was fantastic.
I do feel the need to mention that, while I enjoyed seeing a REAL disabled character, the other disabled character wasn’t portrayed as well. Brenda’s mother suffers from depression. But instead of an character with mental illness, we had what almost seemed as a plot device to distance the mother from the story. Instead of talking about, and dealing with, her depression, it’s mentioned and then we see little of her.
It’s also worth mentioning that Bella, Brenda’s sister, was a fun character, but mostly unnecessary. While she may have been intended for comedic relief, she didn’t quite make it, and was of little use to move the story. Like I said, fun but was a bit of an unnecessary extra.
While the genre of this novella is “romance” this reviewer would classify it as a transformation story, fueled by love. Allan helped Brenda learn to love again, and she does the same for him. And while they’re not without their problems (ex-husbands, past baggage…) their story was one in which I loved watching unfold.
The best word for this story is “nice”. And not in a “it was a nice little story” way, and not with a shrug and an “it was nice”. But in a “it was wonderful, beautiful, and just NICE to read” kind of way. A gem of a healing story. A beautiful love story.
With real characters, a budding love story, and a gorgeous journey through healing and hope, Watch Over Me was a delightful read.
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