My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I don’t usually read TV/movie tie-ins, but as this the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who I thought I’d try at least one book. I picked this one because I preferred Donna over the other recent companions, and thought this story well presented. It might have made for a decent presentation on TV – it had a good blend of the Doctor’s humor and interaction with Donna’s family.
I might try a few more stories, time permitting, but I enjoyed this one.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I liked the book but didn’t love it. I had a feeling of the course of the story, and I liked the concept of the winery setting and the big family for support. What put me off, though, were some of the over-the-top characters in the secondary stories. The alleged “gold-digger” after the heroine’s father is practically a cartoon, and there is an earlier confrontation with an angry wife whose husband the heroine unwittingly dates – the woman uses the word “whore” every sentence. Really, once is enough.
Overall, I thought this was an okay story. I may read the next Blue Heron book if the premise interests me.