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Kismet: A Small Town Romance (Birch County Blue Book 1) Kindle Edition
In the wake of an attack leaving her beaten and devastated, Maya Daniels becomes someone new. No longer meek and gentle, she’s forced to live her life in a world that has repeatedly tried to tear her down. Faced with her new reality, Maya learns to fight for the life she wants, with the man who still sees beneath her scars.
Makes you stronger…
Brian will never forgive himself for the pain Maya went through when he wasn’t there to protect her. His choices, his life, everything he believes in are all called into question when her attacker escapes justice. He finds himself struggling to prove that he deserves her forgiveness… and that he’ll never let her go.
Unless something worse than death finds you.
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"Maya is every woman whose been through a painful failed relationship trying to navigate feelings and needs and wants as a single adult." ★★★★★
"An intense read that makes you sit up and pay attention to every single word written." ★★★★★ -Bloggers from Down Under
From the Author
- ASIN : B072SXTQ3V
- Publication date : August 11, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 3601 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 428 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1548963275
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #68,436 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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An age gap story, he’s 38, she’s 25.
This book was just OK for me. There were things that I liked, things I didn’t like and one thing I hated.
Maya has had feelings for Brian for a very long time. He helped her through her divorce, he was her confidant, her best friend. But he has been in a long term relationship with his current girlfriend. The timing is never right for her to tell him the truth. When she finally gets up the guts, he rejects her. Having taken the chance, she’s done with him. But he can’t leave her unprotected when it appears she is being stalked.
What I liked.
It was a well written story. It was a bit choppy when switching POV’s, and interrupted the flow a bit. But not too bad.
I liked the characters, for the most part. They were written as your average, everyday people. Not the most handsome, or beautiful. Just real people, with real issues.
Brian was a great dad to his young sons. Always putting them first. They were cute kids.
Brian’s parents were great. Supportive yet brutally honest with their opinions.
What I disliked.
Maya. I just didn’t understand her. She came across as bratty and immature. She works with cops as their dispatcher. She knows what information they need to help solve their cases. Yet she intentionally withholds information about her stalker and her attacks. She doesn’t want to be embarrassed if everyone knows. Really? She’s more worried about getting her sleep than about relaying vital information to help find the man who attacked her. Making decisions that put her in danger.
Brian had moments where I had to keep reminding myself he was actually in his late thirty’s and not an emotional teenage boy. Again moments of immaturity, and poor decision making.
The story is told from three points of view. Brian’s, Maya’s and the bad guy’s.
It is a complete story, no cliffhanger. But there were a few unanswered questions.
There is a very explicit rape scene and a few scenes of violence against Maya.
There is cheating. When you tell a woman how you feel about her, then call your ex for a bootie call, I call that cheating. Some may not see it that way, but I did.
Overall it was not a bad story, just not one I particularly enjoyed.
**Spoiler ahead for the ending**
What I hated.
I’ve read many mysteries. And the one thing that I hate is when the bad guy is not a part of the story. He’s never mentioned anywhere. You don’t get a chance to “help solve” the mystery if you have never met the bad guy. She does a good job of throwing out clues about him, but they mean nothing. Don’t even try to figure it out. You’ll never get it.
Top reviews from other countries
This is my first book by April Canavan, but it will not be my last. She is a very talented writer, and it shows in the depth of the plot, the well rounded characters, main and secondary, that keeps you turning the page to find out what happens next. There is no mucking around in this story, from the emotional opening scene where Maya bares her heart to Brian, to her violent rape, and her learning to reintegrate with life after that, Maya grows throughout the story. And Brian, what can I say? He also grew throughout the book, at first, because of his situation he seemed wishy washy, but he also evolved and matured as the story unfolded. Was he perfect? No. He made mistakes and acknowledged them, then fought for his relationship with Maya. Canavan wrote him as just a man, unlike so many stories where the male lead is portrayed as larger than life, and I appreciated that. Read this book if you are after an emotional, roller coaster of a story with a great plot, suspense, this intense, raw, story is it. Well done Ms Canavan, I’m onto the next in the series.