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Not as good as the ratings suggest
on January 14, 2012
Given the locations of some of the reviewers (live near the author), as well as the fact that this is the only book most of them have reviewed, I suspect that supportive friends of the author wrote many of the reviews. While the concept for the book is interesting ... each chapter representing a spiritual principle embodied in a tarot card (I have read tarot cards for many years)... and although some valuable spiritual principles are occasionally included as the motivation for the actions of various characters, the quality of the book overall is far less than the overly enthusiastic ratings would suggest.
The plot is simple and formulaic ... wronged good woman is given a second chance to follow her career path by a mysterious elderly mentor and becomes (of course) immediately successful. Through her mentor, she meets a tall, dark, handsome, wealthy, and mysterious stranger who (of course) immediately falls deeply in love with her and moves from England to be near her. Because she is a good person, everyone in the neighborhood (of course) immediately befriends her and appreciates her, and she becomes the social center for a group of supportive friends. Her enemies also become her friends through the power of positive (AKA magical) thinking. And, it ends ... ta da ... with a wedding. This story is so neat, so tidy, so expected, that I was bored on every page. However, I have a sometimes annoying habit of not being able to put down a book without finishing it, so I persevered.
The characters in the book were so sterotypical annd so thinly developed as to become indistinguishable from one another, except for their ethnicity, which was varied. The dialogue was ordinary, uninspired, and sometimes painful to read. The book was, quite simply, poorly written. There are so many other good books out there that incorporate the same spiritual elements in a more effective and powerful way than this book does.
Who would like this book? People who enjoy Harlequin romances and don't mind poor writing as long as the woman gets her man. People who don't need a lot of substance in order to be entertained. People who have had little exposure to spiritual principles and so would find this very light introduction interesting, because they may not have encountered those principles before. In that respect, the book would have value for some; hence, the two stars.
This is the first Amazon review I have written. I am writing it because I have benefitted so many times from the efforts of other reviewers by following their recommendations, and I have never been disappointed. Because of that, I felt the need to repay the favor ... so that unsuspecting readers know what they might be getting into here and can make a decision based on honest feedback.