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Length: 222 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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Kori Donahue has been a high school English teacher for 10 years. She loves anything vintage, including cars, clothing, and of course men with old-fashioned manners. She lives in Los Angeles, CA with her yorkie, Mimi La Rue.

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  • File Size: 268 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kori K Donahue (Amazon.com); 1 edition (April 30, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YTMGA0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,277,605 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ann Gupta on July 15, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This book could only be self-published because no respectable editor could let something like this go through the process. The story is supposed to be "dark" and gruesome but people fall in and out of love in one day, clues appear out of nowhere, and there is no ending (I got so bored reading I skipped to the end). Please reconsider supporting this author, this is not worth your time or money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dsuvb18 on July 13, 2011
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Although this book seems as though it was written by someone who was truly trying to write a good story, there were a number of issues that could be improved. First, the plot is rather predictable and moves along far too quickly. This leaves one wanting for more suspense and mystery. Second, the characters (including the main character) are fairly underdeveloped, which may have something to do with the key plot points coming too close to one another. Third, and the issue I found most troubling, was that the author wrote this book in a style that is not appropriate for the era. Though a few words or phrases from the 1950s are included, the overall product is a naive interpretation of this time period. In fact, some of the dialogue was so inappropriate for the time that I was completely ripped away from any believably that had been established to that point. Finally, the poor sentence structure and grammatical errors are hard to overlook, but this is more the fault of the editor rather than the author.

Though this book is only $2.99, I wouldn't recommend purchasing it if you are bothered by issues like those I've stated above. Perhaps this book was meant to be more for pre-teens/teenagers, in which case the style might be somewhat more appropriate, but avid readers will likely be disappointed if they purchase this novel. Hopefully the author's next attempt will have a more developed and researched theme in addition to better editing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Austen on October 20, 2011
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This is the first novel for Kori Donahue, independently published, and all I can say is that there are reasons manuscripts are returned and some writers don't have agents and publishers with editors. This novel reads like a B-list made-for-TV movie from the '60s. It's set in Hollywood during the 1940s but the characters are all caricatures instead. The writing isn't just amateur it is immature. Any research of the era is completely lacking in attitudes and terminologies. In some cases the grammar is just plain wrong. Since Ms. Donahue is an English teacher in her "day job" this is inexcusable. The story is about bubble headed Bobbi, a floozy, who gets herself into trouble with bad guys who all call women "baby" in every sentence. Enter the detectives who talk like they're in a nightmarish version of Dragnet and they all call women "baby" in every sentence. They are trying to solve a case involving a serial killer. In the midst of all the bad guys and crimes with unbelievably convenient "clues" turning up, we get high school style I-can't-live-without-you-even-though-I've-only-known-you-for-an-hour romance. To top it off there is a weird and detached turn the last couple of chapters that, it turns out, is put there for a "to be continued..." at the end. Ah, yes...just like those bad TV shows from the '60s. "Will he be caught? Will she be hospitalized? Tune in next time to find out!" No thanks...once was enough.

I read this book because I read about it on a blog and it sounded good. I usually rely on Amazon reader reviews but on this book most of them would have let me down too.
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By Migs1611 on July 17, 2013
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This is the worst book I have ever read. The story is disjointed and all of the characters seem artificial. The main character is inhumanly air headed and floats around on a cloud of the most poorly written romance in literary history. The side characters are stiff and would be incapable of conversation if you removed the word "Babe" from their vocabulary. My summary opinion of the book is that it is cheap, very poorly written and is a reminder of why we need publishers.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Beeshon on July 6, 2011
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I should have realised from the hook, already with two errors (20's and 50's)that this book was not going to be that sophisticated.
The story is set in Hollywood in the 1950s - but there is very little reference to the era in the book, so I am not sure what the point of that setting was. The style of writing is rather banal and juvenile. The story skips over detail somewhat, and the good guys get their bad guy rather too easily. There were some howling grammatical and punctuation errors - the author is an English teacher, apparently--therefore, I would have expected better. The ending leaves you unsatisfactorily hanging with a `to be continued'. The reader deserves more respect than that. I have no desire to read a second book of such poor quality, so I will never know how things pan out. That said, in essence, the plot concept and scope was not bad, and the book could be good--hence the three-star rating. More integration with the era in which it was set and perhaps some good advice from authors with some experience, along with some rather more sophisticated proofreading would help get this book some extra stars and commendation. I would say, don't give up, Kori Donahue, but perhaps put this book through some well-deserved revision.
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