Today I’m joining in on the last day of the blog tour for The Worth of a Penny and I am here to share my thoughts with you.
Sweetheart Penelope Davies is what her daddy calls gullible, right after he told her she was stupid and worthless. With her cheek red from being slapped by him, and her heart trampled by a worthless boyfriend, she packs up and follows her half-brother to Fox River, North Carolina, in need of a fresh start.
Dominic MacKenna is the youngest of five brothers, the friendly one with a killer smile and easy laugh. His brothers are all grown up, and one by one they’re flying the nest, leaving him out of sorts and unsure of his place. Who is he if not the youngest MacKenna?
Penny falls in with the MacKenna brothers, welcomed in as family, and offered the kind of love and support she never knew existed. With a new job and a lot of determination, she is finding out what she’s capable of. The last thing she needs now is to fall in love with the most notorious flirt in town.
Dominic falls for the sweet strong girl with a penchant for random facts and quirky homemade dresses. All he wants is to show Penny how wonderful she is, how smart and funny, and how desired and loved—even if he has to do it as her friend.
I seem to have a knack for picking up books that are in a series and reading them out of order, this book is the third in the series, for the most part it can be read as a standalone I feel like everything was explained in a way that made me feel like I wasn’t missing out on the other two books. However, I did feel like I was missing out on a lot of the family dynamics it’s probably a personal thing but I just prefer to read a series from the start so I can get a proper feel for everyone, so I’m more involved with all the relationships.
The story overall was really sweet, I loved the idea of Penny going from her quite solitary and not very enjoyable existence to being enveloped into this big loving family. Fox River definitely sounded like an amazing place to end up, with lots of events and music sessions and everyone generally being very community spirited.
This was, of course, made even better by Dominic MacKenna, the really caring and generous guy who Penny starts to fall for. He’s the type of guy who is lovely to everyone and nothing is too much trouble for him, if he were real he would have lots of women and men after him, me included. He was super sweet towards Penny and I liked how the relationship between the two of them developed, the uncertainty and trying to distinguish when they might be crossing the line from friends to something more.
Unfortunately, I did have a bit of a problem with Penny, she’s a nice and quirky character and I empathised with a lot that she had been through and I was, of course, rooting for her and Dominic from the start, I just felt that her voice was at times a bit muddled. It’s hard to explain, I’ve been thinking about it quite a lot but I just felt like I was getting to know her and getting used to her and then she would say or think something that seemed a bit out of character and I felt like I had to keep changing my perception of her character too often. It meant that I had a lot less patience for her and that her repetitive insecurities over Dominic started to grate on me rather than add to the experience of the book.
This is a lovely romance book with great pacing and a lot of obstacles that really keeps the tension building on the will they/won’t they. It is a shame that I didn’t quite gel with Penny but I don’t at all think that will be the case for most people and it won’t stop me from picking up more books from this author.
Jess B Moore is a writer of love stories. When she’s not writing, she’s busy mothering her talented and stubborn children, reading obscene numbers of books, and knitting scarves she’ll likely never finish.
Jess lives in small town North Carolina with her bluegrass obsessed family. She takes too many pictures of her cats, thinking the Internet loves them as much as she does. She is a firm believer of swapping stories over coffee or wine, and that there should always be dark chocolate involved.
Her novels combine her interests in family, music, and small towns into thoughtful tales of growing up and falling in love.