The story grabbed mefrom the beginning because things were happening right away, there was actionand there was dialogue, and there wasn't too much time spent filling me in onbackground before it was necessary. I loved the early phrase, "it would be likethe bird house in a zoo." I could imagine exactly how all the twittering youngladies would sound. Some of the other phrases, like "a permanent look of boredom- the default face of teenage girls" are unique and wonderfullydescriptive. I like that Mr. Wild comes across as somewhat a hardass inthe beginning. I'm pretty sure I'm going to like this guy.
The meeting of faculty and their introductions is a clever and very good way tolet me know about some of the key players without boring me. Their ways ofintroducing themselves told me all I initially need to know about them in justa few sentences. It also seems that Lisa is going to be the proverbial fly onthe wall, and I expect great insights from someone in a position to be easilyoverlooked.
The writing is strong and clear, and it's obvious that time has beenspent in cleaning up any initial mistakes or editing errors, always muchappreciated.
It moved at a fastpace, it gave just the amount of background I need to buy into the story, thecharacters are interesting, and it promises good things to come.
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I think it's a veryinteresting concept. I also think that there are lot of very diverse backgroundcharacters which will make the story even more fun to read. I like that it's nontraditional and that Adam is coming across a likable even though he is strict.I would definitely want to read more.
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From the Author
The main storyline follows the relationships the newheadmaster has with the female teachers, and how those relationships eventuallychange each of their lives. His presence in the staffroom, sometimes inadvertentlyoverlooked by the staff, teaches him a thing or two about how women behave whenmen are not around and there are some amusing interactions. The story alsofollows the bond he has with his late wife's young sister, a relationship thathe's always considered that of older brother and kid sister.
I also wanted to explore the emotions of teenage girls andhow they would react to a male head teacher who is a strong disciplinarian and introducessome unwelcome changes. Teenage girls can be very manipulative, especiallyaround men, and I set up several subplots for the headmaster to solve. (A betareader who is also a teacher said she was anxious to see how he was going to manage the problem girls, quite forgettingthat as the author it was me who would be solving the problems!)
The novel is set in the north of England where I grew up,and therefore uses British English spelling, but the main character, Adam Wild,is from the US. Some scenes are set inSouth Africa, where I now live. (I happened to be watching re-runs of the originalHawaii 5-O series while I was writing the book and I imagined Jack Lord playingthe part of Adam Wild.)
The story took me about eight months to write, it was greatfun, and I found myself falling in love with Adam Wild. There are many elementsto the story, several of which gave me pause for thought, and I believe youwill recognise many of the issues that I have brought to life.
As for Adam, a girl can but dream - and I hope you find thesame affection for him as I have. Let's share the dream.
(The book does not slot easily into one particular genre,but I would categorise it is as 'general fiction with a romance element', or perhaps'women's fiction'. There are some sex scenes, but a 75 year- old reader agreedthey are tastefully written, and an 83 year- old was not shocked - only that I had written them!)