- File Size: 2299 KB
- Print Length: 244 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing (April 19, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 19, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01C69B1TG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,488,145 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Going Back: Lake Garda Series: #2 Kindle Edition
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With this the second instalment she managed to not necessarily ramp up the quality because I don’t know that that would have actually been possible buts she did manage to intensify the drama.
We met Leona in the first book and got a glimpse into the bubbling feud that was still very much alive between her family and the Manfredi’s.
Despite the death of her grandfather it is clear that Manfredi family have no intension of allowing the troubles that have festered between the two families to die alongside the head of the Castellano’s.
Leona is not one to allow something that she feels is so meaningless to stand in her way and her trip to Italy is a way for her to prove that the feud is over or at least it should be, and when she starts to become close with Nico, the grandson of her tormentor Faustino, things begin to take a very interesting turn.
It was almost Romeo and Juliet like in the construction of the storyline, two opposing families, two star crossed lovers but there was nothing poetic about their situation, Leona was in real trouble and the threat was most definitely real.
But what could Faustino’s possibly have to drive the young lovers apart…well let me tell you it isn’t pretty!
I liked the attitude that Leona had, and boy did she have it in bucket loads. But when the wrath of Faustino Manfredi is directed at her, can she find the strength to stand tall or will his threats force her hand?
Again all I can say is that this author has a beautifully descriptive method of writing.
Having received this work as an ARC, I did not have the opportunity to read the first installment in the series prior to reading and reviewing Going Back, and I was consequently frustratingly lost regarding previous events as well as the backstories and prior relationships between characters. While small portions of this were gradually revealed using a nonlinear technique, it was difficult to piece together a complete picture.
Plot-wise, major events were evenly spaced, albeit sparse, and the book progressed at a steady pace. The majority of the work, however, appeared to be a rehashing of the thoughts, emotions, conversations, etc. that I would have expected to have transpired at the conclusion of the preceding book in the series. An enormous amount of time was set aside to seemingly harp on prior events without an effort on behalf of the characters to rectify the situation at hand or alleviate their consequential fears. I would have preferred seeing additional plot points and unexpected twists and turns, particularly at the beginning of the work, rather than repeatedly hearing the same thoughts and concerns voiced by various characters. Mind you, I still don’t feel as if I learned the full story that was divulged in the first book of the series.
Leona was obnoxious both as a protagonist and narrator, often forgetting to act her age instead of her shoe size. There were several occasions where I thought a full toddler meltdown was in the works. While I was disappointed in this respect, Leona still managed to throw an impressive number of tantrums whenever attention was even mildly diverted from herself or events did not transpire as she would have liked. And yes, she was unquestioningly old enough to recognize that life isn’t fair and not everything revolved around her.
Considering that Going Back was marketed as a romance novel, I was disappointed by its absence in the book. While there was a slight rekindling of an old relationship at its conclusion, I have a feeling that the majority of the romance was present in the first book in the series. I was disappointed that readers didn’t have the opportunity to see the initial development and progression of any romantic relationship in the book.
Young’s writing style was relatively inconsistent with respect to the level of detail and volume of information that was revealed regarding particular scenarios and characters. Certain scenes were description-laden to the point of excess, whereas others appeared to be lacking in this department. Similarly, as previously and indirectly mentioned, it was challenging to discern whether Young was making the assumption that readers were tackling her works in chronological order, or the expectation was that this work could serve as a standalone. She wavered back and forth between repeatedly recounting various scenes which, I assume, are from the previous installment and introducing new events. Young’s uncertainty as to how to tackle this situation was evident and unfortunately did not leave a favorable impression.
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The plot is like 'Going Back' into the roots of conflicts between two feuding families. The first book had all the tidbits and this being the second in a series, takes off from where it was left. Not that I have read the first book, but the way the story progresses that is how it appears.
Jennifer's writing is easy to comprehend, and aptly brings out the emotions that is intended. Be it the bickering between a couple or sense of loss, the author weaves a simple story that has lots of twists and turns. It was like watching a movie as far as I was concerned. The language is simple and the story is a light read.
All the characters, be it the protagonists, the antagonist, the supporting casts, had a definite role to play in the story. The interactions between them, their conversations, added up to making the book a likeable one.
To sum up, the book is a light read but definitely worth reading. I loved the twist and its ending the best.
P.S- Jennifer, I would love to read the first part and the next one if any!
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