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Cold Rock River Hardcover – September 1, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
Ms. Miles - It was so fun to spend that time with your characters. I thought your first book, "Roseflower Creek" was a touch of class, but this one? Well, a wheelbarrow full of class comes to mind. You stopped me in my tracks.
I am so glad I did. Reading this book renewed my faith that some writers are truly gifted.
I could not put this book down. Miles' characterization and development made me feel like I was living the lives of her multi-faceted characters. The way she deals with Southern history, racism, slavery, marriage, relationships, and other crucial elements, is riveting and brilliant.
You will not be disappointed if you read this book. I can't wait for her next.
Thanks to someone here, I was forewarned, so I resisted the temptation and just began to read. However, this book gets 3.5 stars out of 5 because of Miles' overuse of FORESHADOWING. There were so many "Signposts" along the way that all of the major climatic moments in the book were only lukewarm, "yeah-so-what" moments for me, at best, as it I was led down the road of predictability instead of anticipation. How frustrating!
It's a real shame, because this is a good story with wonderful pearls of wisdom and tangible, memorable characters. That's where the book succeeds.
But emotionally I couldn't shed a tear, as the dramatic tension had become so diluted by all of that hand-led wording (ie. foreshadowing). The art of suspense, the finess of mystery, were lost on me -- instead, it was like being shown the hills and valleys from a distance, knowing what to expect as they inched forward, with no surprises when they're suddenly underfoot. Such potential dramatic arcs were lacking for me.
After finishing reading what felt like a deflated, lukewarm ending, I decided to read that overly-revealing fly leaf. I am really glad that I waited, or I would have felt even more disappointed in the book.
JLM, please give stop hitting us over the head with word-laden mallets of forewarning. It ruins your otherwise beautifully told stories.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love, love, love this book. Can't put it down and I am getting depressed because I am almost finished with it. A really good Southern read.Published 8 months ago by Robin
enjoyable and true. real life incidences. we should learn something from this story and pass it on to help othersPublished 21 months ago by Jean
This was a great little book. Predictable here and there, I still enjoyed the story. It moves along and keeps you involved from beginning to end.Published 23 months ago by Biddy Mulligan
Great, quick read with nice little intriguing twists. Characters are well played out and find it hard to put down to see what happens at the end.Published on January 21, 2014 by T. Hartman
I absolutely loved this book!! it was such an wesome book! highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good book!Published on December 21, 2013 by JENNIFER S DESKINS
The characters in this novel are captivating. However, there is too much redundancy. The outcome is highly predictable. Read morePublished on December 16, 2013 by Prindaville
Amazingly good read! The first of several very good novels by Jackie Lee Miles. Heartbreaking and uplifting this story will haunt you long after you've finished.Published on November 7, 2013 by J L Kempner
Where do I start? I'm not so sure. The plot was ok, but was not spectacular. The first 100 pages or so I wanted to bang my head against the wall wondering if the story was ever... Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by jade19721