- 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: #4,343,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Proviso (Tales of Dunham) Paperback – October 31, 2008
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Email: moriah at moriahjovan dot com
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
I believe that life it too short to read books you won't enjoy, and I definitely recommend spending some time with this one.
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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best way to describe this book is good, but ... uneven. There are moments in the books where you won't want to put it down; then alternatively there are equal moments when it... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Naleighna Kai, National Bestselling Author of Rich Woman's Fetish and Was it Good For You Too?
After reading this book I had to get the hard cover. It is a keeper!Published 15 months ago by Rae Anne MacGillivray
After I finished reading this book, the first time, I had such a book hangover I couldn't concentrate on any other story for at least a month. Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This book was sooooooooooooo slow. I kept plodding along waiting for it to pick up and it never did. Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by Kris
Be warned: this is a BIG book. In more ways than one. However, it's well worth the trip, so don't be daunted by the length or you'll miss a compelling story about six fascinating... Read morePublished on August 28, 2009 by Elizabeth
This book is garbage, while the story line may grab your attention it never develops. The book is basically nothing but four different couples, how they met, and the sex they have. Read morePublished on June 15, 2009 by Mark Allen
The reviewers above are right - this book is LONG. So why, when I finished it, was I left wanting more? I'll tell you why. Well-drawn characters (Knox is the new pink! Read morePublished on March 16, 2009 by Neon Martini
Family ties are complicated things. "The Proviso" is a story of family treachery, deception, backstabbing and all of those other shady concepts. Read morePublished on March 8, 2009 by Midwest Book Review