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Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479111074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479111077
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,668,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rona Simmons is the author of Postcards from Wonderland (March 2015) and a previous work of historical fiction The Quiet Room (January 2014), both published by Deeds Publishing. After retiring from a thirty year career in the financial services industry, Rona Simmons turned to writing. She is an active member of the Atlanta Writers Club and Georgia Writers Association. Her work has appeared in anthologies, blogs, and online and print magazines and journals.

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.

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Meryl is a 20 something intern at a design firm in Atlanta. She has the country home, Little Moss, she grew up in and inherited from her parents, and when time allows she heads there on the weekends. Some big city fellow is buying up all the properties on her road. Little Moss is the only one remaining and she has no intention of selling. But Meryl is finding the current owner of the rest of the properties, Riccardo, extremely charming.

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.
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I received a review copy in exchange for my honest review.

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.
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Yes, I agree with the previous reviewer. This novel held my attention. It was very visual and was nicely written. I could definitely see a sequel. My only complaint would be just that the ending was a bit predictable and I wanted to see a more unexpected turn of events. So, I'll wait for episode #2 when things go haywire. And episode #3 were they get fixed again and so on, and so on. Sex in the Southern City and Mr. Big - look out.
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