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A Heartful Gem,
This review is from: Broken for You (Hardcover)
When I finished this novel a flood of pleasure and satisfaction washed over me. The denouement I had hoped for had come to pass and the characters I had fallen in love with had completed the arc of their journeys. And for the first time ever I started a book over. I was looking for the crsft that had carried me away. The imagination had been evident, in fact after 20 pages of stumbling over gem after gem of language and observation, I had begun to read word for word. This is rare for me since once I care about a character I race to the next plot point hoping for good things to happen. The only authors I make a habit of reading word for word are Austen, so as not to miss the laugh out loud humor, Fowles, the master of the human heart and Stoppard, the best living writer in the English language. I knew the flashbacks, the split storyline and the erudition had been beautifully done. But I wanted to see if the character development had been as carefully executed. All the adumbrations and internal logic were there carefully placed in an artful mosaic. The next time I pick up a novel by Ms. Kallos, I will know to read it word for word, certain it will be a treasure.