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Knowing Nichelle (A Beckley's Daughters Romance Book 3) Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 2496 KB
- Print Length : 302 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07SBNYQYG
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication Date : August 16, 2019
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,390,074 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I enjoyed the small community. The simple life. The time to wind down. The intricacies of the characters. The wealth of character and their various interaction had me turning page after page. I have to say the lawyers are not the top of the line for me either but they all have their place and the constant bashing or at times degrading of them was a bit much for me, but it did not stop my reading. Meeting Nichelle and Buck was just enough to open that door to another place. From there things just took off in various direction and gave me a read that I enjoyed. I could empathize with both Buck and Nichelle. I could find a reason to want to slap them both at some point in the story and yet at the same time to give them hugs, pats, and encouragement.
There were a few things that I did not like how they were addressed or handled, but that the nature of fiction. It not me putting pen to paper it another and that was the vision presented. I still enjoyed it no matter the things not liked. It was a solid read that gave what it was intended to do. A story of love, change, life, simplicity, choices, forgiveness, and new direction.
Buck and Nichelle are nothing alike and they want nothing to do with each other. They both have certain expectations that they know for sure the other cannot reach. But there is still something there, something that pulls them together. Many obstacles, some important, some not. But the most significant one is their personality – different, yet so compatible.
The romance is great and I like that is not just a romance. There is much more happening there. We have a warm atmosphere created by the family and friends and we have important topics, like racism. Another interesting aspect is how this story overlaps with the other books in the series. Taking into account this is the first I read for the series, it was not difficult to understand what was going on, but I admit I would have felt more comfortable, had I read the previous ones.
As I was mentioning, I do have some small things I would have wanted to be different. I would have liked to see the racism more developed, or more insisted upon. While I would like to believe there is no longer racism in our time, things keep happening. This I would have liked to be better developed. Also, at times I felt the reasons behind our characters being away simple and easy to fix. So the story was becoming more complicated without such a strong base.
None of these reasons diminished my overall enjoyment of the book, but I feel compelled to give 4 stars only. As a reader, I loved it, but as a reviewer, I have to keep one star for myself.
The book is somewhat a mystery romance, somewhat a rom-com - but under all the humorous dialogue, it is a well-constructed love story between two people I came to care about because they feel like they might be people you know. And they are surely people you want to know - intelligent, funny, complicated, and thoughtful, with some flaws that make them pretty much like friends. But both the main characters are committed to not committing, so the ending is not a given. And there are SO many obstacles to their relationship -backgrounds, lawyers, race, family.
I liked that the book is not just about their relationship - it is also about their own friends, and families, who are described with just enough detail that I felt like I knew them a bit too, and would like to know more.
I think anyone who likes a good sweet love story with an entertaining plot, very clever dialogue, and enough inexplicable, charming characters to keep you guessing how it all will turn out, will be very happy to read this book. And I think many will probably find they do what I did - slow down towards the end because I didn’t want it to be over. Now I can’t get it out of my mind, and I’d just love to watch it as a movie, or a mini series!
I did receive an advance copy of this novel for reviewing purposes.
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The book lawyer bashing really rubbed me the wrong way. The mere suggestion that Buck’s dad died because he was a lawyer was ludicrous. Buck also had a giant chip on his shoulder about how lawyers will always let him down and being a disappointment to his father. He was 36 but frankly had zero maturity. This all left over of “poor me, my dad wasn’t at all my games” was just sad. Parents can love and show love to their children without being with them every minute of the day. He was also selfish. Basically he had chosen his life, was misogynistic and didn’t want to change one iota. Given his job, he could have rented/bought a studio in the city or the suburbs and supported her career. It’s only a 4.5 hour drive so they could have gone to Buckley a weekend a month and during the summer. He never really went after her, got proactive, talked about the big issues, got to know her big trauma (her grand mother) etc. He just sat back and complained to himself. Didn’t even have the guts to tell people they were together. The whole suddenly she hates her job, gives up everything and runs to him was so out of character it made no sense. Too neat a bow. With being promoted she could actually have written her own ticket, asked for less hours, a team, worked from home anything. That would have made more sense given what we know about her. Real shame.
As an aside how come Chet is supposedly her best friend but she only talks to James? Also the flippant way the race issue was touched upon was annoying. Why throw it out there that she’s a black woman and has he thought about it and not really deal with it? The situation with her parents was also wrapped up far too neatly. She apologized to her mother and not the other way around while her mom basically let her run the household for years and to top it all of couldn’t be bothered to remember her favorite cake and her birthday?