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The author has done a wonderful job with character development in Alabama Skye. To me the characters in this book felt like real people that I might see in the grocery store and talk to, which is great because I always get pulled in when characters are well rounded and likeable.
The story of Cheney and Meara coming to know, and like, each other after a childhood that was spent not knowing about the other was touching. Even though their father really made a mistake when he left one family for another, they were able to get past that and move on, involving the next generation, Greer, in their plans.
I enjoyed Alabama Skye so much that as soon as I finished it, I purchased the next book in the series and I'm hoping for quite a few more! If you like strong women, family sagas, books based in the South and about starting over, these books are definitely for you! Check out Alabama Skye. I think you'll be glad you did.
This story is so well painted by Wing that you begin to see depth in your own life that you hadn't noticed before. A rich mosaic of pain, love, suffering and joy, Alabama Skye is one of those stories that will remain with you long after you have closed the book.
I feel fortunate to have found this rare treasure among the Indy Author masses and hope to see much more from her, as she continues this story. Very well done. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys heart touching, women's literary fiction. It is beautifully written.
There was only one thing that really threw me: the whole book builds toward a big, dramatic scene about Cheney's past, and when that big secret is finally revealed....it just doesn't quite make sense. She accidentally kills her husband Callum by hitting him over the head with the butt of a gun, thinking he's an intruder, which, by itself, would have been plausible. It also goes a long way in filling out Cheney's character. The problem is, the exchange is several pages long, and the whole time he is breaking into the house (shooting through the door, even), Cheney keeps calling out to him, "Who are you?? What do you want with me??" He never responds, not until after she hits him over the head. It's mentioned that he smells of whiskey, so it's supposed to come off that he was inebriated, but that didn't feel like enough of an explanation. Even Cheney asks why he didn't respond, and he never gives her an answer. I kept waiting for more of an explanation, and it never came. It was jarring, because the whole book was so good; the whole scene leading up to Callum's death was gripping! My heart was beating faster, the pictures just flowed through my mind. So the climax was a little bit of a let down. Otherwise, I loved it!
Is it because I'm a frustrated novelist wannabe who believes all stories should reflect how I perceive they should have developed? Is it because I'm unable to suspend disbelief for an instant and not enjoy the artists chosen path for their characters.
I read because each short story, novelette or novel allows me to experience, vicariously, a part of the authors life while affording me the opportunity to escape my reality momentarily. Whether it's a situation derived from their imagination or built from an experience of life or foreign surroundings, it's something that I haven't experienced and I am grateful for the author sharing it with me.
This book accomplished that for me. Alabama Skye provided me with a glimpse of several women's worlds I'll never experience (as I'm a man) and I'm thankful for J.C. putting it down on paper. She's done a commendable job of giving her characters depth and empathy that we, as readers, can see possible parallels to our own feelings and experiences.
A nice 4.5 star effort J.C. Looking forward to the next one.
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