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The Proviso (Tales of Dunham) Paperback – October 31, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: Tales of Dunham
  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: B10 Mediaworx (October 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981769616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981769615
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,040,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MORIAH JOVAN writes what her imaginary friends tell her to write. Thus far, they have shown up in the novels THE PROVISO, STAY, MAGDALENE, DUNHAM, PASO DOBLE, WE WERE GODS, and the short story "Twenty-dollar Rag," published by B10 Mediaworx. They will, most likely, continue to order her around until she hits on the right drug and dosage. Fortunately, her husband is very understanding of all the other people in her life and her children have no need of their own imaginary friends since they know all of mommy's. Moriah has a bachelor's in creative writing and journalism from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and in 2011, she was a panelist at the Writer's Digest conference and the Sunstone Symposium. She is a flagrant manufacturer and dealer of the meth known as "ebooks."

Email: moriah at moriahjovan dot com
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Ditty on January 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
Every once in a while, I run across a book that defies pigeonholing. On the surface, this may be a romance novel, but I call it simply a very good read. I don't generally "do" romance, so there's gotta be more to get my attention. This book has that, in spades.

The quixotic mixture of murder, revenge, sex, and religion is really what caught my attention about this book in the first place, especially in the context of the Mormon religion. Wallace Stegner once wrote that "it is almost impossible to write fiction about the Mormons, for the reasons that Mormon institutions and Mormon society are so peculiar that they call for constant explanation."

Jovan has achieved a remarkable degree of success in this regard, allowing non-Mormons fascinating glimpses in a natural manner without bombarding us with definitions and explanations. There is a refreshing honesty and lack of rationalization when it comes to questions of morality and faith in a modern world.

At first glance, the plot may be a bit "haven't we done this already," but there's nothing new under the sun, so to speak. Jovan is successful in using the plot as a subtle thread to weave together the people and events.

The characters are strongly delineated and fascinating. They are the most vivid and striking people I've had the pleasure of "meeting" via the printed page in a long time. They may be a bit larger than life, so to speak, but never over the top. I don't always agree with them or like them, but I will always remember them.

Jovan's writing is indeed no-holds-barred when it comes to profanity and sex. As someone once famously said about science fiction writing, "grant your gadgets and start from there.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
I was up until 3 a.m. this morning finishing this novel--thank goodness I have the day off! You really do become involved in the characters' lives and wish them a happy ending. They made me smile, roll my eyes, and sniffle back tears. As the previous reviewer stated, I do want to know more about these people and their lives before and after the time period the novel covers.

I believe that life it too short to read books you won't enjoy, and I definitely recommend spending some time with this one.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R.J. Keller, Author on December 18, 2008
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I know it's a cliche to say "this book has everything"...but it does. Corporate intrigue, love, family dysfunction, humor, religion, sex. But above all, it is filled with fascinating characters you won't soon forget, even after you've read the last page. I would have followed them throughout whatever story the author had seen fit to create for them, and long to read even more about them.

The writing is witty and intelligent, so much so that despite The Proviso's length I found it difficult to put down. I predict you will, too.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By tee6395 on December 17, 2008
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I pride myself on seeking out first-time authors, particularly women. I have been more often than not, pleasantly surprised. I was again with this first-time author's novel. Nothing excites me more than a thick book. There are over 700 delicious, compelling pages finely woven into an interesting and titillating read. This novel is completely character driven. Jovan's descriptions and characters are crisply delivered. I had no trouble picturing and understanding the motives and actions of every major character. I love strong female characters. Jovan doesn't disappoint. Even when at first glance, one of the women may seem only a damsel in distress, it is soon uncovered that she is a strong as stone and as smart as they come. I found the graphic, unapologetic sex intriguing. Oh yeah, and very tantalizing. I wondered what it might be like, after reading the back cover, for a novel to contain overtures of religion. I felt as though it added to their struggles in a unique way. I can't recall reading a book where religion was dealt with such a normal attitude. Religion to most folks is a way of life. It is portrayed very naturally throughout the book; Just another layer in the story.

The plot itself is interesting. People with money are always a little crazy and a whole lot interesting. I connected with the characters and found their stories hard to resist. Although I have been quite positive in my review, I did find some loop holes that could have used some needle and thread. I think it is extraordinary work for a first time author. I imagine if more books are on the way, we will see some richer plots and a growth in the author's storytelling ability. I look forward to more adventures with Knox and the Tribe.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kaimarie on January 4, 2009
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I must say, to pick up a book with the length of the Proviso was intimidating to me. But then I started to read, then I was invested in the characters and story so quickly and the pages flew. The book had so much to offer, three separate romances, and all of the stories so wonderfully intertwined while offering a lot to think about.

Each character had their own obstacles and challenges in life and in the love they eventually found. It was impressive and enjoyable to watch each of their journeys. The author's clear handle on each of the characters shows in the way that Jovan is able to hold the reader in suspense, waiting for when they might next meet, what they will say, and how they finally find their way to one another.

Also, it is one of few books I've read where religion and politics mingle, and it was quite a ride. Like a previous reviewer mentioned, I did have stereotypes in mind when I opened this book, and it made the characters all the more human to me, because even though I am not a fan of politics, nor a member of the Morman church, I could still relate.

Moriah Jovan has a gift with words, and a wonderful ability to make her characters so vivid. The heroes, the heroines, and everyone else that crossed their paths throughout the course of the story.

I look forward to the next installment. A wonderful debut from a new author!
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