Honey Ko: A Novel Paperback – March 30, 2020
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There're two stories in the book: about Tom and Frank. Tom stuck in the past (with the love of his life, dead Susanne). He is trying to find his way out from the darkness of the loss, make peace with never-ending memories of her. He is jumping between relationships with Susi and Aida, while visiting Philippines and Thailand.
Frank is kinda a naive young man who is trying to figure out what love is… He is doing his best to keep his head cool, but surrender under the feet of smart Marie.
Two heroes and their tragic storylines of love lost and found make this the perfect book for an afternoon on the porch with a cup of strong tea. A story is powerful and enchanting: a don’t-miss novel in the greatest traditions of storytelling.
This book will please inspirational, contemporary romance and historical war fans alike.
The best part of William C. Pennington’s novel - a deep exploration of love, the meaning of life and home.
Overall: well-written, appealing characters, lyrical, true and charming. A great read, enjoyed it.
Mr. Pennington uses very descriptive language which can make you feel like you are right there with the characters. His description of Mt. Pinatubo erupting was spine tingling and exhilarating. However, some may find his suggestive tone and sensual descriptions when Tom talks about his relationships a little startling if you are not expecting such graphic details.
Metaphors and similes are used throughout the novel, and help to describe a scene or person. “His voice rose to the pitch of an un-tuned violin in the hands of a tune-deaf 6th grader” (p.15) “...and the pheromones of a thousand men and women colliding like pool balls in search of a pocket of quick love.” (p.167)
I learned a few new words which was a fun addition to the novel. (Balut is one that you will not forget once you read the description of this cultural food.)
The one critique of the book (and this is on me) is that I did not like the main character. He pined for true love, but yet “fell in love” with different women for different reasons in an instant. I felt like he never got past the “lust” stage of love, but continually talked about it, thought about it, analyzed it and acted upon it. I have not experienced the kind of love described in the novel, so had a hard time understanding and/or believing its various nuances. Others may find Pennington’s descriptions and analysis of love to be thought provoking, admirable and reflective. My favorite line in the book is when Tom quotes his stepfather as saying “Never find yourself having to choose between two women. You’ll hurt one of them, Tom, and hurting a woman lowers a man.” (p.21). The story follows this statement throughout the novel which causes Tom torment, grief, and agonizing decisions.
Overall, a good read that makes you want to finish the novel to find out who Tom ends up with and his rational for that union.