- File Size: 3940 KB
- Print Length: 150 pages
- Publisher: Curtiss Ann Matlock; 1 edition (February 27, 2013)
- Publication Date: February 27, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BMT7NBC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,370 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Mary In Color Kindle Edition
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Curtiss Ann Matlock has made a career of telling the stories of realistic women and the amazing ways in which love finds them, draws them out of themselves and changes their worlds. Going back to a story she wrote at the beginning of her writing career, Matlock has enlarged upon and improved it, giving the reader yet another beautifully spun tale focused on those ever-important topics of family, change and daring to love. I have a few little criticisms about the book including the fact that there are quite a few editing errors (mainly mis-spellings of Mary's last name, missing words and typos) that detract from the pleasure of reading it. Too, the writing has a juvenile feel to it, reflecting its early origins. Matlock has polished it quite a bit, I'm sure, but it does lack the greater maturity of her more recent novels. Those things being said, though, the book remains one of merit, reflecting her talent as a story-teller who captures perfectly what it is to be a woman, to be a part of a family with expectations and to feel afraid of loving and what it might do to one's heart and life. The characters and their relationships with each other, especially the different mother-daughter relationships in this book, are so realistic and relatable. I found myself thinking about my own relationship with my mom and wondering if I would react as negatively if put in Ellen's shoes. I think that's one of the best signs of a great book: the ability to cause a reader to identify with characters and to think about the similarities in her own life. So, despite its flaws, this book remains worth a rating of five stars!