- Paperback: 154 pages
- Publisher: University of Life Press (December 4, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781893594012
- ISBN-13: 978-1893594012
- ASIN: 1893594017
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,587,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Courage, Love and the Meaning of Christmas: A Magical, Insightful, Adventure-Romance Novel Paperback – December 4, 2009
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About the Author
Shaun Roundy earned an MA in English from Utah State University and taught writing there and at Utah Valley University for over a decade. He has published four books and written various articles. Shaun was born in New Jersey, then moved to Massachussettes, California and Brazil before settling in the Rocky Mountains in Logan, Utah. He later moved to Spain, Taiwan, China, and Utah Valley, as well as working and traveling in many other states and countries, including a five-week, 2,500 mile sailing voyage to help a friend bring his boat home from Venezuela. Shaun enjoys spending time in the outdoors, climbing, mountaineering, camping, skiing, sailing, motorcycling and participating in other sports. He has volunteered on the Utah County Sheriff Search and Rescue team for over a decade, as well as chairing the Mountain Rescue Association's Intermountain Region. He appeared in the Discovery Channel's Raging Planet - Blizzards and KUED's award-winning Secrets of the Lost Canyon. Most of all, Shaun craves beauty, experience, wisdom, fun and adventure, and hopes to share that with everyone around him and make the world a better place.
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My main problem is with the characters and all that happens to them. Each of the main characters always seems to have the nicest thought, the most pure motivation, and never seems to question any of the other main characters. This in itself isn't bad, but it just doesn't seem completely believable, and I can't put my finger on why. I had the feeling all along that the narrator was telling me the best possible version of a story, whereas someone else might have mentioned some things that he left out. This is basically a story of a likeable young man who's very insecure finding his confidence and security through a girl, not through himself. It also reads often as an excuse to throw in some philosophy here and there--really profound wisdom coming from the mouths and minds of kids in their early 20's. Things just never fit for me.
I actually only reached the end because I was curious to see if there would be anything redeeming in it, but as someone pointed out, it's an extremely abrupt and uncomfortable ending that leads into a sales pitch for book two, which costs $2 more than this first one. I really didn't care if the two main characters ended up together, and I cared even less for his two friends at college, especially the liar who was proud to be a liar.
All in all, this left me feeling empty and a bit dismayed that I had spent so much time on it for no really good reason. The writer has talent with his prose style, but the story-telling and the flow of the narrative and the character development all seemed forced and formulaic.