- File Size: 1007 KB
- Print Length: 159 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Champagne Books (January 30, 2016)
- Publication Date: January 30, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BB8XZO2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,196,736 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Doors Kindle Edition
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The story invokes the concept of parallel universes, so in that sense it's a “parallel worlds romance.” But unlike many works of that ilk, the characters are fully realized people. You can visualize them going to the grocery store (although nothing so mundane occurs in the book) or haggling with a police officer over a traffic ticket. The point-of-view character is never boring because she grows and changes in surprising ways. She's particularly entertaining when the universe starts bending a bit. The plot moves at a leisurely pace that builds and speeds as you go along. The last twenty or so pages of the book are worth the price of admission because they are steamy hot without being embarrassing. I loved it! I can only say that when I finished the book, the first thing I wanted to do was thank the author for writing it.
As the concept and possibility of parallel universes is introduced and explored, dreams, the past, alternate realities begin to overlap and interweave (sort of something similar to the film Sliding Doors, but if it had been conceptualized by someone like Lovecraft or Heinlein) to spin out a story in which our heroine (and the reader) are left off-balance and not entirely sure of what is "real". It was a delight to see Jackie grow through through these unexpected and unusual experiences - opening herself to possibilities and experience that her insecurity and self-doubt had held her back from previously. And as other reviewers have mentioned, the last few pages are hot without being unnecessarily explicit ;D
The 174 page story, without giving away to much, is centered around a tragic point in Jaqualine's childhood that haunts and tugs at her. She dreams of her long passed teacher and his cryptic message, but with no clear explanation as to why. She can't seem to get it out of her head and as the story continues, it just might be the key to something bigger. With Orne St. John pushing her to pursue it, in his unique, possibly selfish, yet charming way, how can she not begin the expedition...and once started, will everything be the same? It's a journey that will shake her very core and yet, she grows stronger for the experience. (which is right up my alley!)
'Doors' removes us from the mundane everyday life into an adventurous world of puzzlement, mystery, parallel dimensions and wonderful 90's references. (Which to me is an excellent treat!) The relationship, and banter, between Jacqualine and Orne St. John, as they journey to find their individual happiness, is a wonderful development that feels completely natural to their personalities. Not something that is forced at all. The character growth between the two is astounding and is something I really appreciate. (Flat characters are boring!)
Personally, I am not a huge romance reader. I went through a phase at one point, but I found most romances come down to a very basic,and disappointing, plot; Strong independent woman doesn't need anyone to tell her what to do, or how to live, and then suddenly she meets a man she hates, who then turns into a love interest she can't live without, as well as, can't function without. Thus strong heroine is no longer strong and independent, becoming a dependent shell of her former self. For me, that grew old fast and I became a very picky romance reader. (though recently I've been told things have gotten better in the romance section. I'll have to look around and see.) But, as I previously stated, our heroine in 'Doors' becomes a stronger person for her adventures and this just makes me all sorts of happy.
With Joanne's style and her timey whimey plots, She weaves wonderful tales of science fiction into unforgettable romance, creating an exciting adventure that you won't soon forget! So, I urge you, if you're picky like me, (and even if you're not!) to pick it up and read it! It will definitely be worth your time!