- File Size: 468 KB
- Print Length: 147 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 24, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007DI16VE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,875 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Karen's Best Friend Kindle Edition
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In a temporary assignment in Venice, Italy, Karen met Mark, a very successful lawyer for New Orleans. With a "spark" between them even while they were in Venice, Karen and Mark continued their romantic liaison alternately visiting each other in Montreal and New Orleans.
But, everything is not it seems. As Karen's relationship with Mark deepens, she also notices how Jim, her nerdy friend is becoming a babe magnet.
***MY TAKE ON THE STORY***
Beautifully told, the story is actually slow in the beginning, yet you emphatize with the feeling of loss and sadness that permeates Karen. Looking at it from another angle, perhaps the author deliberately made the pacing that way.
Karen's awakening from a grieving widow to a vibrant woman was also slow as the audience saw the small steps that she took. She blossomed into our very eyes. Her love interests - Mark and Jim, also blossomed into our eyes as we became familiar with their qualities. Even the minor characters were fleshed out nicely by the author.
Added bonus is the tour of Montreal, Venice and New Orleans. If you haven't been to these places, you can actually see them in your mind's eye as the author described them.
All of the people had well-rounded, complex and three-dimensional personalities and the dialogues were completely authentic as well as fun to read. The imagery was fantastic, especially the descriptions of Montreal, Venice, and New Orleans; they were so graphic and realistic that I felt like I would know exactly where to go (and what to eat), if I ever visited them. The writing was very well done but the editing could have used a good proofreader. However, the errors were not bad enough to interfere with the flow of the story.
I really admired the way that Karen refused to tolerate any form of abuse from Mark and stopped the relationship immediately when the abuse became physical. I only have two small criticisms: there was no translation of the French when there was a quote from Beaudelaire and when Karen and Jim did become intimate, there was no mention of them using protection.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this story very much and I would definitely recommend it. I'd give it a grade of A-.
and her bonding with the first wife were curves I didn't expect.
The most difficult thing about living with Jim becomes seeing how little his girlfriend really cares about him. Karen doesn't know how to approach Jim about this without sounding jealous. One of the tough things for Karen is being without her husband but she isn't quite ready to move on until she meets Mark. He appears to be the perfect guy for her until she sees his true colors. It took being with a man like Mark for Karen to realize who was right for her.
It was kind of hard to review Karen's Best Friend because of the short choppy style it was written in. I felt that the storyline had real potential to be developed into a good romance book. The characters needed more background information in order for the reader to get deeply emotionally connected to it. I think changing to writing style to one that flows better would help a lot as well.
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In full disclosure I received this book for free to review. I did not receive any other form of compensation and this is by no means a paid review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although the writing style seemed to indicate an inexperienced writer I really enjoyed the story. I do think it would benefit from more showing and less telling.Published 7 months ago by J. M. Struwe
What really sweeps you off your feet? Is it being romanced with wealth and good looks? Or is it the average looking guy with average means that always shows respect and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Heather Oliver
Would make a good travel guide but as a romance book it is really sappy. Not believable on any level.Published on July 9, 2014 by wil
Like the book, but don't love it ... I wasn't too fond of the way the scenes flowed. For some reason I could connect with the characters.Published on February 26, 2014 by M. Rodriguez
Sorry, but this book just wasn't my cup of tea. Parts of it were okay, but overall I wouldn't recommend this to a friend.Published on September 15, 2012 by Lily
I liked this book a lot. It was a good journey for the characters. The author did a good job with the characters and developing them. I would read this again.Published on June 17, 2012 by Amazon Customer