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- ASIN : B018DWGF3C
- Publisher : White Rose Publishing; 1st edition (September 25, 2015)
- Publication date : September 25, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 355 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 122 pages
- Lending : Enabled
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- #1,574,259 in Kindle eBooks
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At the airport, she attracts the attention of a handsome stranger who's traveling with a Newfoundland dog, but the man mysteriously disappears, and Morgan is left to take care of the giant mutt. What ensues is Morgan's comical attempt to reunite the Newfoundland with its owner while still trying to stick with her itinerary. And nobody warns Morgan that during this quest, she'll run into some unsavory characters who have an agenda of their own.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Kristen Joy Wilks’ first published work is a really wonderful read that will have readers putting it down only to rest their ab muscles and dry their streaming eyes from laughing so much at this hilarious romp through Denmark’s capital city.
FUN, FUN, FUN!! This was one of the fastest books I’ve ever read, not because it was a shorter story(which it was), but because it was such a fun and fast-paced story. And what a clever title Ms. Wilks chose, making a vocabulary lover like me take fast note. Ms. Wilks drew me it on page one and I felt like I was in Denmark on this crazy adventure right along with her main character Morgan. I love stories that have a character searching out history or their family they never knew and this one had just enough family mystery to be intriguing without being overwhelmingly complicated. And Ms. Wilks kept the mystery going all the way to the last chapter, revealing enough to keep me figuring but still wondering. However, it is rare that I laugh all the way through a mystery book and I found myself laughing out loud quite a bit as the pages turned. Morgan’s troubles were literally everyone’s ‘worst fear’ days all rolled into one. From being left with an oversized Newfoundland dog that sheds massive amounts of fur constantly, to ruining all but one of her outfits she packed for her weeks stay as she chased the dog through the famous sites and parks of Copenhagen, to nearly drowning multiple times, poor Morgan cannot catch a break. And to make matters worse for her, everyone seems to be bent on photographing or videoing her series of unfortunate events. When she finally figures out the reason behind all the photography – for her favorite comic artist to be provided with a subject for his latest drawings – she is mad enough to spit! Well, at least spit the dog hair out of her mouth. And discovering further that the family member who she was to meet for lunch only wants to steal the key her grandmother left her, leaves Morgan feeling heart-sore and more than a little angry. But her faith will give her the courage she needs to get out of this latest kerfuffle and she just might find true love hiding in the most unlikely place – with August, the man who abandoned the dog with her. Ms. Wilks wrote a well-developed and really wonderful story. I truly enjoyed reading the entirety of the story and was pleased to see her character employed her faith through all her troubles. It was really great to see Morgan not only discover the family history she longed for but also find love with August, even if he was part of the reason for her mis-adventures. And Ms. Wilks’ epilogue gave the story a complete and very satisfying conclusion that included a couple passages that inspire laughter once again. Ms. Wilks has shown she has a genuine skill in storytelling and I am looking forward to her next works. I heard the next book from Ms. Wilks will be coming out later this year and I have already pre-ordered a copy. I will most certainly recommend this book to my friends and family and hope to enjoy Ms. Wilks new book soon.
I received this E-Book free of charge from White Rose Publishing/Pelican Group Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation from either company for this review.
First, I had to look up “cozenage”. I had no idea what it meant. It’s actually a cool little word that means, basically, a con (subterfuge, deception, trickery, usually with a little class and subtlety - think “used car salesman” but not quite “Congress”).
Second, romance novels aren’t my thing. Not that I have a huge problem with the industry, but I usually find them sappy, silly and sloppy. Or at least, I’m pretty sure I would if I read any of them… besides this one.
So now that I’m done confessing, let me get down to it. I read a book called Copenhagen Cozenage and I’m writing a book review of it. I usually don’t do that, but hey, this book was a lot of firsts for me (see confessions above) so I’m just gonna drop this on y’all. As I do, let me be succinct:
I like this book.
Sure, romance novels may not be my thing, but if more of them were like this they might be. The book was a freshman work by author Kristen Joy Wilks, a name you might not know but might do well to remember. She writes well with a light, lively, genuine and very approachable style. Her voice is a good one. She uses plenty of description and color but is not overwhelming. The prose flows nicely in the first person and stays true to character throughout. A cornerstone of this character is a dry, insightful and self-deprecating wit. Even in the most painful and darkest corners of her trials, Morgan (the protagonist) keeps things light and funny. I felt safe in the hands of her personality throughout. It was a nice place to be. She made me laugh.
While the writing was solid, the story itself was what I found… well… romantic. But not in a sappy, silly, sloppy way - more in a surprising, intriguing, face-punching, mystery-at-every-turn, “I didn’t know you could write that and call it a romance novel” kind of way. Yeah, sure there was kissing and heart palpitations and daydreaming about that handsome guy, but there was also comedy, adventure, suspense, intrigue, breaking bones, big slobbery lovable dogs, faith, punching, tackling, disguises, people being locked in a cellar and threatened with torture and death, knockouts, secret backstories, bleeding, surprise revelations and smacking people over the head with stuff. And more. It was sort of a Romancing the Stone meets Beethoven meets True Lies. Wrap your head around that one.
As a total gamer geek, I was also delighted to see a ton of references to all things nerd, such as RPG’s, sci-fi/fantasy flicks and the like. And it wasn’t just passing references, either, like the kind some grasping author would look up on the Internet to fulfill an editor’s whim - this was full-on insider talk, the sort that you can’t fake and that smacks of authenticity as sure as a black t-shirt and a bag full of twenty different dice. At the risk of hitting too close to home, the book smelled like a gaming convention.
On a personal note, I also loved the Christian tone of Copenhagen Cozenage. Today’s fiction often panders to the baser instincts of our culture and character, which is a sad comment on our society and honestly just how far we’ve let ourselves stray from true storytelling. This novel was a breath of fresh air. While we all have a human side that is lured by base content, we also possess a more lofty sliver of soul that aspires to a something more pure - a sliver that delights in passionate love instead of passionate sex, self-sacrifice instead of selfish lust and calling out to God instead of calling out curses. This book has that. It made me feel good.
So to recap: if you’re looking for a fun, funny, nerdy, suspenseful, mystery-romance-action novel with a modern quirky twist, a big lovable slobbery dog, slapstick humor and a punch of passionate Christian wholesomeness, this one’s for you.
And that’s not cozenage.