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Aefle and Gisela Paperback – April 19, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Istoria Books (April 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615621031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615621036
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,019,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Crystal Fulcher VINE VOICE on September 26, 2011
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Aefle and Gisela is a classic romantic comedy of errors. He thinks he's doing right, but he's doing all the wrong things. She thinks she's right, but she's not quite right either. But somehow the two manage to get things right in the end, and that's all that matters.

It was a rainy weekend here on the coast of NC and my kids were at their grandparents, that meant hours of uninterrupted reading time, yay! I spent my time curled up in my nice reading chair with my quilt, Diet Dr. Pepper and my trusty Kindle with Aefle and Gisela ready to go. I was transported north of NC to a tiny town on the Virginia shore and to Baltimore to an esteemed college campus. And I met two characters who would become important to me for the next few hours and who stuck in my mind for the next few days, Thomas (Timid Tommy) and DeeDee who seemed much larger than life (see the guest blog by Libby before this post to see DeeDee in action). I laughed during this book, I felt for Thomas and the way he was bullied. At times I wanted to tell him to man up. At times I wanted to tell DeeDee to calm down, but the whole time I felt myself relate to both characters.

Though it was somewhat painful to watch their relationship grow in fits and starts, it was amusing at times. Thomas was truly locked in his world of academia and seemed oblivious. I know people like this so I understand there are truly people like this out in the world. DeeDee however would not cut him any slack at times, and I understand, I'm sure it was frustrating feeling like he was talking down to her. But ultimately they both start to learn from each other and the "a-ha" moments are beautiful. Ms.
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I struggled through the first twelve chapters but could not bring myself to finish this book. The characters one and all were annoying, insecure while managing to be self-absorbed at the same time, petulant, childish and hot-tempered, and never seemed to bother to listen to someone else. The idiocy of the characters made it impossible for me to find any reason to be caught up in the storyline or have any sympathy for their plight.
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By Germaine on February 17, 2012
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The idea for this book is interesting -- a young professor specializing in an obscure medieval poet/monk falls in love with a hip non-college graduate modern girl who runs her own car dealership. Unfortunately, this "comedy" falls flat on its face. The plot moves along at a good clip, but what little dialogue there is, is stilted and flat. It's hard to tell one character from another. The description goes on -- page after page -- lots of tell and little show. I got bored and quit at 72%. I just didn't care what happened to the characters. Removing it from my library.
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I love the way the author keeps you in the book. I felt like I was a part of the story. I wanted to read it thru and not get anything done that I shold have been doing. makes being stuck in the house easier.
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By BookWorm on February 27, 2013
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I was hoping for entertainment, what I got was huge disappointment. Total waste of time - I finished it only to see if it could redeem itself and to see if they ever got together in the end as all good romances do-actually I figured they would or else what would the point be, but I couldn't imagine how or why either would want to - don't waste your time.
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This book can be summed up as fun yet predictable without taking any risks. The characters are somewhat interesting but stay within stereotypes; the supporting characters are especially one-note. The story is fairly predictable too. One thing that I didn't like was that there was a lot of buildup to the climax, and the payoff was small. It was brought about by one of the protagonists behaving way out of character, which I found implausible. This all sounds negative but I did enjoy the book, it's great if you want a light read with a happy ending.
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