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Kimimela (The Manhattan Stories) (Volume 4) Paperback – April 1, 2015
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About the Author
A Michigan native who studied writing in school, Donna first came to Vegas to make costumes and soon was weaving the stories she heard in the back of the girls' dressing room into her first novel. Now she is the author of The Alexandra Merritt Mysteries, which include 'The Last Two Aces in Las Vegas', 'The Las Vegas Desert Flower', 'The Las Vegas Special', 'Rough Ride in Vegas', 'M.I.A. Las Vegas' and the recently released "The Las Vegas Sophisticate'.
Donna has written several other stand-alone thrillers, 'Desperate Ambition', about a political assassination, 'The Right Society', about a devout Christian family that moves into a religious community and finds it's easier to get in than it is to get out, and The Other Hand, about a famous athlete who leaves his family for a young, virginal girl. Shortly after they divorce, she winds up slaughtered. He is the primary suspect, but not the only one. Donna has a popular series of historical romances, The Manhattan Stories, 'Jessica', 'Pillsbury Crossing', 'The Cabin', and 'Kimimela'. A fifth in this series will be released soon.
Her light-hearted work,' Conversations With Skip', is the story of a shelter dog adopted by a young woman having trouble sleeping after her divorce. With his unusual ability to communicate, he is soon running her life, arranging her romances, and teaching her to laugh again.
Her most popular novel, 'Maude', the story of her Grandmother, is a #1 best-seller on Amazon and has spent multiple weeks on the Wall Street Journal's Top-10 list. 'Maude' is now available as an audiobook, was recently released in Italian and is currently being translated into Russian and German for upcoming international editions.
She has also written three screenplays, a stage play, poetry, short stories, and a children's story.
Donna stills takes occasional classes at UNLV and at writer's conferences and is an active member of the Anthem Author's in Henderson, NV.
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At first this seems to be a novel about a half Indian young man who has a way with horses but is finding his way as an Indian in the white man's world.
I hope you'll excuse me for excitedly thinking this story was an update on another character from Manhattan,Kansas who completely fits this description.
It is further into the novel that Kimimela is introduced as the title character but not the sole lead. And still later that the identity of this little girl is one the faithful reader is familiar with. In fact this is a story of familiar people and places rather than a new "branch" of the Manhattan Family of novels. Throughout, the characters and their lives were portrayed in an endearing and engrossing manner that kept me amongst the many who kept coming back for more.
However this time felt flatter than day old draft beer. Just because it looks and smells like beer doesn't mean it's gonna TASTE like beer to a trained palate. Apply this analogy to Kimimela and it helps make the intangible recognizable so that you'll understand just what's missing from this book.
*IMHO any author that resorts to a large number of flashbacks must be assuming that either a) Those who've read the previous stories in the series are so mentally enfeebled that they can't remember any of what happened before the current title's release or b) The reader is new to the series and needs a synoptic background primer alerting them to what's already come to pass, instead of just expecting a happy reader to return to early manuscripts for their information and for entertainment purposes of course.
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