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Edited to add: Lisa notified me that she had updated this book to correct typeset and syntax errors, and, upon rereading, I found the book much improved. I still had to suspend disbelief regarding the friendship between Mrs. Armistead and Grace Wisher, but it is a good story.
On the con side of this book, as has been said by many others, someone other than family or close friends needs to go through this book with a red pencil and fix the grammatical errors, including jumping from past to present tense (sometimes in the same sentence), first to third person (really?), him versus his, she versus her, etc. There were times when Kieko was speaking that I got the feeling she was using the same "illiterate" language as Grace - rather jarring considering that Kieko is a graduate student.
However, it also read like a first book, and I don't mean that in a good way. I guess rather than "first book" I should say "first manuscript," because it's riddled with really amateur mistakes such as headhopping, tense switches, point of view problems (sometimes it's 3rd person, sometimes it's omniscient), grammar problems, typos, cliches, and above all, the pacing is terrible. The suspense/thriller action doesn't begin until about 75% through.
In short, this book needs a thorough rewrite, a content edit, copy edit, and proofing, none of which it appears to have gotten, which is a shame because it's clear that the author can write. She has a wonderful imagination and did an excellent job in plotting and researching. Just judged on the plot alone, I'd say this is on par with the Da Vinci Code, but the writing itself is atrocious (and I can accept bad writing if I'm swept up in the plot -- see: Dan Brown).
I love how the author showed that not all white people were cruel to black people. I sincerely hope this was the case, and would love to believe there were more people like Louisa Armistead.
I would lower the price as I think $5.99 is an awful lot for an ebook that one can not resell. I really do feel authors are making a huge mistake trying to get so much for an ebook.
I did find a couple of typo's but they were easy to figure out, and did not take away from the excellent story for me.
One is he should be her: She felt he face grow hot and knew she was blushing.
Grace, Lisa (2012-06-26). The 15th Star (A Lisa Grace History - Mystery) (Kindle Locations 955-956). Lisa Grace Books. Kindle Edition.
Another was the following. I think the word The could be dropped or use the word Then.
The he passed out again drunk, tipping the water tub over.
Grace, Lisa (2012-06-26). The 15th Star (A Lisa Grace History - Mystery) (Kindle Locations 1620-1621). Lisa Grace Books. Kindle Edition.
However, the present day story was just the opposite. The author's constant incorrect usage of "to" and "too," "she" and "her" were extremely annoying. In more than one instance the author correctly used "she" as the subject of the sentence, then in the next sentence, used "her" as the subject, then went back to using "she." That shows carelessness, and it also shows that nobody really read the book before publication.
She also went from past tense to present tense, and kept flip-flopping back and forth. Sometimes the beginning of the paragraph was in the past tense, then in the middle she switches to present tense, as if she were setting the scene in a movie. The wording was amateurish, almost juvenile in some parts. The author needs to take a refresher course in basic grammar, usage of pronouns, sentence structure, and also focus on how, when and where to use commas - because they almost always ended up in the wrong place in the sentence. If the author had written the book in ANY word processing software, and bothered to use the spelling and grammar checking tools, these errors would have been found and corrected. I typed one of her incorrect sentences into Microsoft Word, and used the spelling and grammar checkers.Read more ›
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This book kept my attention right from the beginning all the way to the end. The writer seamlessly moved from the past to the present and back again to the past without missing a... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Tony P
The mystery upon which this book is based is interesting, but the love story, which I felt a little beat-over the head with as the reader, could have been a little, I dunno... Read morePublished 10 months ago by MsSteel
Light reading for a raining summer day. It would probably appeal more to teenagers than adults. Some history that is accurate but most was in the authors imagination.Published 13 months ago by Susan Montgomery
Quite the Page-Turner! I enjoyed this book very much as the characters were engaging and I could empathize with some of the situations.Published 14 months ago by SHHH1
Very entertaining with thoughtful characters and accurate linkages historically. I was surprised at the end.Published 16 months ago by Susan Herron
Kept me interested all the way through.
I especially enjoyed the historical parts. The pace kept me turning the pages. Can't wait to read another of her books.
I read this one and completely enjoyed it. I went searching for more by this author.
The story goes back and forth between the past and the present with very little... Read more
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