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About the Author
- ASIN : B004SBO41S
- Publisher : Sapphire Creek Press; 2nd edition (March 15, 2011)
- Publication date : March 15, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 2671 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 301 pages
- Lending : Enabled
Best Sellers Rank:
#681,388 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #1,585 in Inspirational Religious Fiction
- #1,828 in Contemporary Christian Fiction (Kindle Store)
- #3,268 in Christian Mystery & Suspense Romance (Kindle Store)
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Here are some of the problems with the book.
The main character, Lilly, starts out being a determined young lady bent on maintaining her independence and achieving a good education. Then she meets Trevor, a character who at the onset is little more then a dull stereotype. She literally bumps into him and falls in love with him (very realistic?). A week later he is crazy about her too and within the span of a few weeks he pressures her to get married and she DOES IT! Only in Walt Disney movies do two characters race so quickly to the alter. She knows very little about this man and the little she does know is highly suspicious. Then we are expected to feel sorry for her when her marriage inevitably goes bad.
It takes 300 pages for the author to write what could have been condensed to 100 pages especially since the novel has no ending, which works because it has no character development. Other characters include Nicole and Michelle. All we know about these young ladies are their names. Then there is Alyssa, the prophetic and relentlessly judgmental best friend of Lilly (a friendship that is never developed). Alyssa is determined to dislike Trevor even though initially she has no reason to. She is also a saint who drops everything to help the main character. Lastly for some inexplicable reason, Alyssa knows the thoughts and heart of her friend Justin, and tries to force Lilly to be with him. Justin's character is (surprise) never developed. I have no idea why he is even included in the book except for to provide fodder for Trevor's abuse. We are told that Justin is a nice guy but his selfish behavior contradicts that. For example, even though Justin senses that there is tension in Lilly's marriage he still tries to force his friendship on her, knowing that it could jeopardize her marriage and well being. Then just as suddenly as they are introduced, Justin and Alyssa disappear from the novel.
Next there is Bronson who is more of a caricature than a character. His best friend ask him to do a very delicate and crucial favor, but Bronson is sidetracked by the offer of a free meal. And this is the climax of the book!!!!!!! The least developed character is alluded to throughout the book but we are not introduced to her until almost the last chapter. She meets Lilly in a public restroom just to tell her (surprise) that Trevor is mean. I couldn't believe it! The more I read the more I was convinced that the author had no real objective when she wrote this book. She just added details as she went along and hoped it worked. The most crucial point of the book, Lilly's attraction to Trevor and her determination to marry him is never explained. We are just supposed to accept that after a few passionate kisses she should be with him forever. Even a novice writer could have included a special striking characteristic about Trevor, aside from his nondescript good looks, that would have drawn Lilly to him. Perhaps even a mention that Trevor reminded Lilly of her deceased father would have made the reading audience understand her preoccupation with him. But we get nothing!
I am an avid fiction reader and I know that sometimes you have to suspend your disbelief in order to enjoy a novel, but this writer never succeeds in persuading the audience to go along with her poor plot devices. There is so much absurdity in these 300 pages that you read the book longing for it to get better. There is nothing good about this book! It is poorly written, there are glaring grammatical issues, the same word is used twice in many of the sentences e.g. "Trevor went to work so he could work",there is no character or plot development!!! A high school student taking an intro creative writing course could have produced better material, that included basic plot structure and a reasonable ending. If you possess any love of good fiction or even any desire to retain your present IQ do not read this book.
Story starts off mundane as she goes over her life, her classes, her living situation, etc. Lily is very “Felicity”—too naïve, too green, too “deer caught in the headlights.” She has unreal expectations of Trevor—he’s just a guy!
Feelings of jealousy, possession, and eagerness consume her—not good!
I did wonder who was sending the threatening notes to her, but, unfortunately, I couldn’t keep up with all the monotony and all the lovey-dovey crap between Lily and Trevor. Seriously, Trevor didn’t sound all that great to me. I don’t know why Lily goes gaga for him.
This book is just like the title indicated, except that it really should’ve been: “He loves me, he loves me not” because all they do is break up and make up. Oh, god!
Top reviews from other countries
Without spoilers for those who may not have read it, the main charachter, Lily, comes across as a rather dull, boring, petty & selfish person, with an all-too innocent, narrow-minded & unadventurous personality. Yes, the story is based on her relationship with abusive Trevor, then later her escape from him, having & raising his baby alone, then later her getting over his death & moving on. However, the portrayal of the relationship & the abuse is all-together unrealistic & lacks the capability to grab the readers attention. Having been a victim of two extremely abusive relationships, I found this to be too unrealistic & not a true portrayal of what it is like, even people who have not experienced abuse have this opinion (my friend & my mum, who have both read this series said the same!)
As I said before, Lily's character came across as rather boring, shallow & selfish. I quickly found myself becoming bored with her constant dithering, inability to make decisions & the way she expects everyone to fit in with her narrow-minded & needy expectations. There is too much mundane detail on the simple, every-day tasks she performs, & all-in-all the whole trilogy seemed to be based on her dithering about, which makes the reader frustrated & find it rather difficult to empathise with the story.
The third book in the trilogy, Love At Last, seemed mainly to be based on details of her baby, Natalie... constant repetition on the things Natalie does or what Lily does for her. So much so that it may as well be called "Natalie's story". It is very rare that I struggle to stay focused on a book but reading through until the end took alot of patience, & I was rather glad to be done with it.
Overall, I did not enjoy this series of books & it was very disappointing. I wouldn't recommend it. There is too much pointless description, too much indecisiveness & frustrating detail, & it was just generally boring. The main character was almost impossible to relate to & empathise with, & there was no real excitement or gripping passages in the story.
The writing style was pretty amateur too & left alot to be desired, which is a shame because if written properly & had been better thought out, this could have potentially been a good read. I was left feeling very disappointed, especially at the fact that I had paid for it, because I have read much better books that have been free (I'm not a cheapskate by any means but I am sure many people would understand the fact that if you pay for something you expect it to be satisfactory!!!) I have read other books by the same author, Christine Kersey & unfortunately have found them similar & sadly do not rate her as a writer at all.
I have given this book a low rating as the book lacked depth; the charecters were almost one dimensional, the dialogue was basic and the descriptive language was limited. It was almost impossible to understand why Lily feel for Trevor so quickly as the portrayl of his charecter was limited to disappearing and reappearing, I felt more time needed to be spent on developing his manipulative jekyll & hyde personality. Lily's relationships with other charecters was also restricted by limited interaction and dialogue; we were meant to believe that Alyssia was her best friend and Justin was in love with her however there conversations often consisted of a few sentences
I did not understand the reason for the cryptic notes and emails. Why didnt the mysterious person who was writing to Lily just tell her the complete truth ?
The author was clearly keen to tell the story in a series of books , I believe she should have focused more on charecter development and more enaging dialogue and told the story in one well written book.
I enjoyed reading He loves me not but it wasnt the greatest book I've ever read.
Lily Jamison is starting college after taking care of her father and is using her inheritance money to put herself through her studies. She is somewhat naive at the start of the story but she is easy to like and relate to. So when she has two students after her attentions, she does not know what to do. She finds herself attracted to one in particular which is where the suspense element comes into play, as she begins to learn just what she has gotten herself into. The story has a good flow to it and you can see how the lead characters change as the nature of their relationship evolves, while the support cast play important roles in Lily's story. Although some things turned out as I thought, there are still quite a few surprises to maintain interest throughout, and the story ends on an appropriate cliffhanger.
A recommended read to anyone who likes a romance with a twist. I shall be downloading the sequel at some point in the near future.