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- Print Length: 330 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 30, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KOUOL5G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,847 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I ended up buying it, wanting to give the author a chance after an intitial bad impression. As a professional editor and writer, I was curious. The bad writing continued; by bad I mean specifically: misspellings, grammatical errors, misused words (love "wonton" for "wanton"!), awkward sentence structure, awkward use of language in general. The overall plot structure is also messy - a publishing house would have cut out half the book; unnecessary passages which lead to slow pacing cause the reader to skim. We are treated to every turning on of the TV, every traipsing up and down stairs, every hour's activity of every day. An experienced writer knows better. Sexual passages were mechanical and cold too often, with the only dialogue cheap and juvenile: he put this here, she took hold of that. The author hasn't the finesse yet to know how to go beyond that to make a sex scene steamy, authentic and original too..
The most frustrating thing is that it could be a very good story, if the mistakes didn't cheapen it so much. The author has a good imagination and a great idea here. Unfortunately her immaturity (in the writing sense) and her own lack of life experience shows: in this fairy-tale world, lovers always come at the same time; when people take time off work at the spur of the moment, there isn't a problem (having worked in the veterinary world, I had to laugh!); people straight out of vet school have no residency period; when you make an international flight there is no wait in customs, you just get off a plane - "go through passport check" and jump in a cab; gay men are stereotypical caricatures. This author evidently considers 36 a very old age for a woman - I laughed out loud at the comment about vaginal dryness being related to age - at 36?? Please! - the story's focus on age difference would have rung more true if the difference was 15 or 20 years. But a mere 10 seems a bit of an exaggeration. I don't know many people in the real world who would make a big deal about a man 26 and a woman 36.
There is a problem with research as a whole. For example, a dog with a tennis ball in his digestive tract is a life-threatening emergency, but our vet heroine laughs and shrugs it off jokingly and takes her time. Details about cancer treatment lacked authenticity: for example nowadays most everyone doesn't experience the nausea of the past, due to drug therapy before and during treatments. Veterinarians are not wealthy, as is our heroine: in reality, they have vet school loans to pay off and live modestly, unless they are specialists, which requires years of training. The author didn't seem to know that a vet degree is a 7-8 year endeavor, plus a year or two residency. (For a specialist, add a few years more...) Vets work long hard hours, but this one has a heck of a lot of leisure time.
Characterization is an issue. Both main characters speak the same way, think the same way. There is no depth. I thought if someone said "Morning sunshine" once more I was going to burn the book. They both think, speak and behave like teens or college kids, despite the fact they are older. There is a lot of teasing and mindless banter, not adult conversations of substance. It's a little tough to take these two seriously; we are told they love each other, but throughout, it feels like teen puppy love, not mature love. The heroine somehow doesn't have the basic maturity to break up in a compassionate manner, but like a fourteen year old simply ignores his frantic calls for weeks. Mind boggling behavior in a thirty-something professional woman. I stopped respecting her completely at that point.
I don't mean to harp.. but again, all of these issues would have been resolved with hiring a good editor. It's frustrating to see a potentially good book, and an imaginative intelligent writer, but have a book that is frustratingly amateurish. If you don't care about quality writing, it's a good enough storyline. If you read a book for overall creative experience, including nice language, skip it - it will have you tearing your hair out. I hope for this writer's sake she hires someone in the future who can correct the mistakes and at the same time coach her to turn out a higher-quality content - she obviously does not lack the heart or potential to do better.