- File Size: 591 KB
- Print Length: 142 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Candlelight Romance (September 13, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 13, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LQU0Y6M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,201 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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(Though reviews are inherently subjective, I prefer to provide some organization to my opinions through the use of a personal rubric. The following notes may contain spoilers.)
Plot and Setting: 3.5 -- Plot mixes cliche/overly convenient with unique/interesting, has a few shaky bits and a slight lack of focus. Plot points in sub-plots are dropped or not resolved. Setting is clear and believable. Timeline may be a bit hard to follow. It's an interesting concept for a plot, but it kind of fell apart for me midway through, when Beth fell into that pattern of being sure Josh would/should fall in love with Carol. Which apparently lasted for months, and everyone idiotically went along with it the whole time. Including Carol, which makes the sudden "resolution" problematic, as it doesn't account for Carol's part in it at all.
Characters: 2.7 -- Main characters are only partially relatable, realistic, interesting, or dynamic. Minor characters are almost exclusively stereotyped or simplified. Relationships between characters are not especially well developed. I liked Beth fine, until the aforementioned bout of (self-sacrificial?) delusion regarding Josh. None of the characters are developed well enough to feel like actual people, but the glimpses of struggles and hopes are decent. Some good family relationships (Beth and Aunt Tess, all of Josh's family), but other relationships are not developed well.
Mechanics and Writing: 2.7 -- Scattered typos, punctuation issues, and word errors. (<30/100 pgs) Some of the errors are definitely confusing. Head-hopping or similar POV issues. Average writing, with strong parts and parts that struggle. Errors include: compound word and/or homophone confusion, slightly confusing punctuation or formatting issues, mild typos. A handful of times I was left truly confused about what a sentence or paragraph was trying to convey. POV is mainly 3rd person Beth, but a few times slips into Josh or Randy's head when it really shouldn't.
Redeeming Value: 5 -- Well-developed, central, uplifting themes. Drugs, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified at all. No explicit sex scenes. Clear moral guidelines for behavior. Super clean, and with some especially clear moral standards spelled out. An obvious anti-abortion message, as well as anti-drugs and anti-party-lifestyle in general. Also clearly praises doing what is right, especially doing all you can to help others, even when it requires personal sacrifice. The "good" characters are all professing Christians, and live out their witness.
Personal Enjoyment: 2 -- I’m not a fan. Some good bits, but reading it felt rather like a chore. Not one I plan to re-read.
The setting in the mountains of N. Carolina is done well. One of my sisters lives near this area and I recognized many of the landmarks and the descriptions were on target. The characters were interesting, warm and folks I wanted to get to know. Religious themes are strong, but not preachy. Some early reviewers mentioned issues with wrong words and other proofreading type errors, but I found none of that. Kudos to the publisher for correcting those!
“Call of the Mountain” is an enjoyable read if you’re not looking for lots of detail and development 📚
would be if we were all like that! I liked that the story was clean, the romance was pure, and of course it was anti-abortion. There were many errors in spelling and editing, especially in the first few chapters. A few things seemed silly to include, like thinking Josh wanted Carol, the pregnant sister, instead of Beth; all that square dancing stuff seemed like a filler to make the book longer, and other subplots. The book ended just like you thought it would all along. I did love the descriptions of the beautiful scenery.
This turned out to be a very good story. Despite the occasions of head hopping, overuse of calling the name of the person addressed in dialogue, some descriptions that went on for over a page, a hero that was too perfect, and an ending that needed a bit more, I was pulled into the story and found it hard to put down.
** as for more detail - there are other comments which will tell you -so much- that I hope that you do not feel like there is no reason to read the book.**
Different things happening to various people but this book is centered more on Beth & her feelings, confusion, etc.