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I enjoyed this story very much. I am a sucker for storylines about how our destinies are intertwined and finding that ONE person your met to be with for the rest of your life. Some would call it a fairy tale complex. Jennifer Lewis is a gifted writer, and definitely wrote a page turner.
I'm glad I took the chance though, I disagree with them this time. I loved it.
Maybe it's cuz I have always had a fascination with Gypsies and the lives they lead/beliefs they hold? I seriously loved the story. I liked our hero Joe a lot, I liked our female lead Susana. There weren't any extraneous characters that weren't needed or had to be introduced and then remembered for what role they would play or not. It was a good love story with a twist of adding in some Romani Gypsy traditions, which I love. Sometimes I wonder if there isn't some Gypsy somewhere back in my genes. The fascination I have with their culture is really unexplainable.
What would make this a 5 star review for me? More in depth details of their history, letting us get to LOVE the characters instead of really liking them, give us more of their feelings (especially Joe's) so we connect deeper.
Other than that, I enjoyed it thoroughly and I would recommend it as a good romance to read at the beach in one setting or sitting inside by a window staring out at the rain. 188 pages was a couple hours of reading for me.
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a copy of Breaking The Rules to read.
ARC supplied by Netgalley
I love a romance and sometimes you don't want a full on action and drama one but something gentle and light just to relax with. This book fits that request perfectly. There is some action and drama but its gentle and rather than having leads in danger its more about family, loyalty and loss.
Susana is only 13 and covering for her grandma at the fortune telling booth when in walks handsome sailor Joe. She's shocked by what's revealed - she is to be the love of his life. Uncertain how to deal with this she tells him he'll meet the love of his life that night - and Joe misinterprets her words and marries someone he's ultimately betrayed by. Bitter and discontented he sees her booth and determines to take her to task. He's shocked at how he feels on seeing her though and events unfold that risks his happiness and her future.
Joe and Susana were both very "real" feeling people and I understood their cautions. Joe believed in marriage for life and felt desolate at the ending of his, and Susana was struggling with the restrictions of her Romani life and yet as the only family she had she would risk everything - her livelihood and her contact with the aunts, uncles and cousins if she chose to move outside the traditional way of life. With the Romani once a member was out they were forbidden from any contact, a big loss for someone with no other friends or family. Its an interesting concept risking all for love and I felt Jennifer handled it very sympatheticely She didn't let Susana just throw all to the winds in a blitz of passion, which would have been wrong given the type of person she's written as but let us share in her fears and how she came to her decision. Its a really enjoyable story - something a bit different from the usual boy meets girl, has a bit of trouble then love ever after. Its good to find something a bit outside the norm, something fresh and unusual. I'm always interested in the whys, the psychology of why people make the decisions they do and using the Romani traditions allowed us to see just how much can be risked for love, and what a huge decision it can be.
Its quite a brief book at 136 pages for £1.99 on kindle, but well written and there's a lot packed in to such a short book. Stars: four from me - I enjoyed it but as a one off. Its not one I'd re read being a bit too light, although I did find it very enjoyable and interesting.
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