- File Size: 1240 KB
- Print Length: 303 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Lakeview Publishing (May 31, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 31, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KPFR8YG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,102,506 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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First I would say that Jill Vogt is a talented writer. Her descriptions of people and places are on the whole very good, and she does some really funny and interesting things with characters and plot.
I liked her main character, Daisy, because she is fun and smart and adventuresome. The story is that Daisy has lost, due to death, her boyfriend and is trying to find new and positive meanings and love in life. She’s like someone you would want to be friends with, and whenever someone can write such a real and likable character, it’s due to talent, like I said before.
Her descriptions of other characters are also realistic, because she uses individual details given in pieces through the book instead of the usual get-it out of the way descriptive blurb so many writers use. That’s an example of why I like this author’s style. Also she writes descriptions of nature very well. I looked at her biography and saw she is a poet, so that is probably why. Would recommend!
I loved Daisy's story of loss and renewal. She's a character I could identify with and would want as a friend. The author did a wonderful job of showing Daisy's growth after the loss of her beloved fiance. She's grieving, lost, and running from everything that reminds her of the life she almost had. But Daisy is a strong woman, stronger than she even realizes when we first meet her. After settling in Hillstop, she has a chance encounter with Luke while she's stranded alongside the road with a flat tire. He helps her change the tire and their chemistry is obvious, the banter between them easy. Their common interest and talent for poetry brings them together. I enjoyed the way these friends took their time getting to know each other before graduating to lovers. They both have their own baggage to organize and do so together and apart. Another thing I also loved was the colorful supporting cast in this story. Each character was well-defined with a depth I don't often find in my reading.
Please give The Fizgig a place on your cyber shelf. You won't be disappointed.
The story has enough lively subplots to maintain forward motion, and the characters feel authentic, as though the author knows them through and through—with one major exception. I found the main love interest, Luke, to be a bit of a cipher: a “perfect man” whose flaws are mostly unveiled through direct narration late in the book. I wanted to discover who Luke was myself, and to believe in him, but I couldn’t quite get past thinking of him as a soap-opera character rather than a real guy one might bump into in Tennessee. Again—this discernment is probably the reason I don’t read romance novels; I expect most romance readers would eat Luke up.
As modern-day “girl-meets-boy, girl-loses-boy, girl-has-to-do-a-bunch-of-soul-searching-to-realize-she-really-doesn’t-want-to-lose-boy-again” story, The Fizgig offers a satisfying immersion into that world of romantic possibility where all that really matters is whether he loves me or he loves me not.
The strength of this novel is in the characters. Their interplay, growth, and coming together forces a healing that keeps the reader involved and caring. The author also knows how to play on the setting - playing off of the strengths of the mid-Appalachian players without falling into stereotype. A relatively easy and uplifting summer read.