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(3.5 stars) Surprisingly good romance.,
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This review is from: The Unwanted Wife (Kindle Edition)When I read the synopsis of this novel and some of its reviews, I hesitated to download it. It sounded too angsty with somewhat unbelievable cruelty on the part of the husband. But then the book kept on getting more and more favorable reviews and I figured it was worth trying out.
I'm so glad I did. This is angsty and I still felt the hero had been unbelievably cruel at the beginning of the marriage, but the growth of their relationship was romantic, sweet and hot and sometimes tense, and had some really heart-wrenching moments. See if you can read without being moved the big scene at the beginning of the story when the wife has finally had enough and explodes, verbally and physically, at her husband. There are some powerfully emotional moments in this story.
There were some frustrating moments also. Yes, the husband does start to see the error of his ways and try to improve the relationship, but I think more in-depth conversations about everything troubling the wife would have been in order earlier on. It takes until the last pages of the book (and that's maybe 10 or 11 months of relationship mending) for everything to be clarified.
There are some repetitive scenes when the husband and wife are trying to communicate better with each other where they seem to be just going in circles and some editing issues with the book itself, but, in general, this romance is well worth the read and I would not hesitate to read another novel by this author in the future.
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Initial post: Dec 5, 2012 11:05:17 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 5, 2012 12:03:02 PM PST
I'm reading it now, 70% finished. The story line is emotionally gripping, even though it has some problems, as you mentioned. I did nearly cry several times, and some parts are very sweet. He tries so hard to win her back. But he's letting her go on with some key misconceptions, which is stupid. As you said, a little more conversation would help -- maybe during the Scrabble games. :-)
Too many typos. Dozens and dozens of 'em! Punctuation is a major problem, and there are many fragmented sentences, with words missing. On average, I'd estimate about 1 or 2 errors on every page (sometimes 2 in the same sentence). I feel like an English teacher, because I can't help but notice. It's distracting.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 11:25:14 AM PST
Old Latin teacher says:
Yep, the book needed a bit of polishing. But in spite of its flaws, it was pretty darned good for a first book. With a good editor and proofreader, who knows what the author could produce?
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 11:35:42 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 5, 2012 12:27:46 PM PST
Right-oh. She has some talent, for sure. A professional proofreader is needed. If her next book is also sloppy, she's off my list.
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