- File Size: 6404 KB
- Print Length: 317 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Franklin & Franklin (April 29, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 29, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071192ZG1
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,034 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Carolina Emerald: Jeweler's Gemstone Mystery Series #3 Kindle Edition
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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I persevered for three books, of which this is the last, because sometimes new writers improve markedly once they get into the market. I was also interested in the setting and the history that sometimes came up and I liked the jewels and the info and stories about them. But by the third book, the tendency to slow down and lecture rather than tell the story was getting to me. And by the end of that book, the fact that the heroine was kissing hell out of her dog, but in what appears like 8 moths book time hadn't got past getting goose bumps when the presumed romantic interest brushed her arm, was also getting old.
Add a number of egregious spelling errors - notably "champaign" for "champagne" in at least two books, "discrete" for "discreet" a number of times - though it was right a couple of times - a family called Hicks referred to as "the Hicks" when it was clearly meant to be in the plural, and worst of all "marquis-shaped diamond" for "marquisE-CUT diamond," in book one, purporting to be from the pov of a geologist and jeweller-trained heroine, in a book *about* diamonds and actually called *The Blue Diamond,* were the final straws. Good for the writer for taking a local US setting and an interesting employment for the heroine. Now get a savvy editor to slim down your story and best of all, *find one who can actually do spelling and grammar.*
Franklin has a very straightforward and easy-to-read style. Her heroine is a person in her own right, with a career and interests all her own. Although this book continues the development of a romantic relationship for Kim, one thing I really love is that said relationship is a sweet side story and not a pivotal element. Franklin obviously knows her stuff on many different fronts and manages to introduce those topics into the story in ways that compel the reader to want to know more. Dogs and dog training are obviously one of those passions, and she does a beautiful job with Rory and several other dogs who come into the story. Don't worry, no "talking" animals or anthropomorphism, just realistic dogs and the people who love them (and one very nasty squirrel!)
Very much looking forward to the next book in the series!
Psychology professor Kimberley West learned about gemstones and some of their mysteries growing up with her jeweler grandfather. She had childhood dreams of finding a stolen emerald, and the opportunity to visit a family emerald mine is an irresistible lure when she accompanies her college friend to her engagement party. There's a murder, and an attempt to frame the bridegroom, and things in this small town aren't as they appear on the surface.
Leave it to Rory, the poodle, to solve the mystery, save the day - and the wedding plans!
I invite Lynn's fans to join DogRead for a chance to talk to her and other readers about this latest book in the series. I can't insert a link, but we're easy to find online.
Karen Harbert, author of:
the 'Murder at the Dog Show' series on Amazon
Board Member, Dog Writers Association of America