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- Print Length: 310 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 16, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EUDRBMI
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,150 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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FINDERS KEEPERS (Lost & Found Book 3) Kindle Edition
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This is truly Garth's story and his book. It's told entirely from his point of view and gives an intimate look at the way he thinks and why. I always knew I was going to love being in Garth Black's head. I just didn't know how much I'd love it or him. I knew Garth hadn't had an easy life and was self-depreciating, but I had no idea how much damage had been done to his psyche until I read this book. And then I wept for him and the pain and sorrow he felt. Garth may have thought him self his own worst enemy, and he was, more so than anything else or anyone else's hateful thoughts.
I liked Josie. I loved how she always stood up for Garth. She really, truly, cared for him. If I ever had any doubt about how she felt for him, it only took one scene to change to my mind. I loved how fiercely she loved him and I was slightly surprised at how Garth didn't see it. Thank goodness she was as stubborn as he is.
One of my most favorite scenes is at Jesse and Rowen's wedding. Yes, it finally happened! Garth's best-man speech is one of the most beautiful and profound passages I've ever read. I had tears streaming down my cheeks as I read it. As much as Garth loved to tease his friends, he loved them even more and almost nothing he's said or done show's it more than his speech.
This book really gave me the feels. I was torn between sadness and anger for a large part of the book, and laughter and smiling in the rest. I wanted those who hurt Garth to pay for their sins, but it didn't seem like that was going to happen. I also wanted Josie's parents to see Garth for the great guy he was and not treat him like he was diseased. It hurt my heart to know so many people knew how Clay, Garth's father, treated him, and no one stepped up to help or intervene.
Thankfully, Nicole Williams has decided to give readers more Garth and Josie. I know she'll do a great job and hopefully some of the issues I'd like to see resolved happen in the next book, Losers Weepers. It'll be great to see how Garth and Josie are doing with the challenges they've faced and those yet to come. If you're looking for a story that will wring your emotions and then put them back together, this book is for you.
But... Shoddy editing again. No real surprise there, I guess. I still liked the story plenty, but I don't think I'll be buying any more of this author's books unless it's more than clear a skilled editor is involved. Such little, simple mistakes should be worth fixing before expecting people to pay for a product.
Judging Covers: Like the first book, I don't feel like this cover really illustrates the story very well. It's a really nice design, in line with many of the new adult romances out right now, but there's nothing in it that really hints at all the drama taking place on a ranch in a little community where pick-up trucks and Johnny Cash are practically required by law. I would have completely missed this series if the first book hadn't been free. However, if I'd just randomly run across it with a cover that hinted at the country setting? I'd have jumped all over it much faster.
The Verdict: I had a little trouble getting into the story at first, but I think I was just having problems coming back up from the angst in the last book. And stepping into Garth's mind there at the beginning wasn't exactly an angst-free experience. But once things really got going, I was all in.
Garth's a complicated character, a good guy who's pretty much never had anything good happen in his life, save for his friendship with Jesse and Josie. Of course, he went and ruined that the one time he forgot himself and fell into thinking he could have something he actually wanted -- the love of the only girl he ever truly noticed. But Jesse and Josie are both too good at heart to hold a grudge forever, and since Jesse's moved on with Rowan, Josie's finally got a chance to reflect on Garth, even if he does get on her last nerve. Garth has certainly given up on himself, merely surviving each day in a repetitive, self-destructive routine, but Josie won't let him fade away. When what little he has is taken away, she takes him in, standing up to her parents, who don't want him anywhere near their family, much less sleeping in their guest room. And that's what made this story different.
In many books, when parents pressure their child to stop seeing someone they deem bad news, the kid inevitably gives in. Josie, however, refused to let Garth be run off. Her snappy answers, even when her mother was all but demanding that she date someone else were a refreshing change from what I normally read, and they made me love her all the more. There was also a stand-out scene, an ugly fight over Josie that had Garth showing his true heart of gold, and while I was disappointed that he never sought any retribution or revenge, his devotion to Josie was perfectly delivered.
Finders Keepers is a wonderful romance between a misfit and the perfect daughter, and while it's a somewhat standard premise, the story was anything but cliche. It was angsty and sweet and funny and just a little dark -- all at once -- and it was really just the perfect combination. It's characters like Garth who have generations of readers swooning over those damaged bad boys, but you know, after reading this, I can't blame them at all.
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