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Meryl's Commitment Paperback – August 20, 2012
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More About the Author
With the release of this novel, Simmons cements her interest in historical fiction, the first half of the twentieth century in particular. Whether writing of the Depression, Prohibition, or the two world wars, Simmons examines the impact of these turbulent times on the lives of everyday people, especially women and their hopes and desires, successes and failures, loves and losses. Some come through unscathed others survive but are deeply wounded.
Top Customer Reviews
First the positive: I really loved the premise; the book summary is just the sort of thing I like to read. It sounded like a Harlequin romance to me and sometimes that is just the kind of book I am in the mood for. A short, sweet trip down the road to the guaranteed Happily Ever After!
The negative: The book is all over the place. It bounces back and forth, quite awkwardly, from present to past. It was an unnecessary transition and I don't know why the author chose to write the book this way. For example Meryl and Riccardo go on a date. You get treated to very little of the date in the present tense, just the very beginning. Then it's the next day and Meryl's co-workers are grilling her about the date, she gives them basically the same Cliff's Notes version we read then later when Meryl is at her desk she is day dreaming about the date. The daydream is the date in its entirety. Pages take us back to the night before and we are reading a detailed lengthy version of the date. Why didn't those pages happen when the date was taking place? It was so long for a day dream I got to thinking that maybe I misread and they were on another date. So I backtracked, nope, just a daydream. There are several examples of past creeping into the present, the story opens with one. It really ruined the flow of the story.Read more ›
This was an interesting book. I wouldn't classify it as a romance as there really wasn't any. It was more or less about a woman who works her butt off as an intern at an architectural firm in Atlanta to help pay the upkeep on her beloved family home in a small town hours away from the city hoping to be hired on in a full-time position. She finds out that there's a man who's buying up property all around her, but she refuses to sell.
Meryl is a bright young woman with what looks to be a solid future. She's not overly worried about marriage or children; she's very career-oriented. As the book goes along she learns a lot about herself and the world around her.
Lisa and Kim were great secondary characters that made me giggle. Riccardo, I'm still not sure if I liked him or not. In fact, you really don't get to know much about him as he's very secretive.
Other than some editing and grammar mistakes, I really enjoyed this book and hope there is a sequel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Meryl's Commitment was a wonderful story. A great weekend read with just enough romance and intrigue. Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by Lynne B
This was a delightful story. The author skillfully interweaves career, romance and family ties to a beautiful southern coastal property called Little Moss. Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by Julia C. McDermott