Review of The Beautiful Daughters by Nicole Baart

Adrienne (Adri for short) Vogt and Harper Penny met while at college. Distinctly different in looks and personality, they clicked immediately and soon became fast friends. Together, along with Adri’s brother Will, Will’s best friend Jackson and the local rich hunk, David, “The Five” are inseparably close. A tragic event tears them apart, causing Adri to run as The Beautiful Daughtersfar away from Iowa as possible as she heads to West Africa to work as a nurse. She’s avoided returning home at all costs, but a death forces her to return to her hometown of Blackhawk, Iowa. Meanwhile, Harper has run away as well and she’s found herself in an abusive relationship. Told in dual POV, by Adri and Harper, the story unfolds and flashbacks reveal the story of The Five and what has lead to the falling out.

I had a difficult time getting into this book. The author does a great deal of describing practically everything. There was far too much fluff and not enough substance for my taste – particularly in the beginning of the book. I’m of the belief that writers should get to the heart of the plot fairly on in a book or they risk the possibility of losing their reader. I found The Beautiful Daughters to be slow-moving and unable to hold my interest, although I still managed to trudge along.

There’s no denying that Nicole Baart is an accomplished writer. Although I wasn’t exactly impressed with The Beautiful Daughters, I’d still be willing to read additional books by this author.

3 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton

eBook Review Gal received a complimentary copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.