- File Size: 3490 KB
- Print Length: 480 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Independent (November 8, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 8, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075HNQL99
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #827,128 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Meet Me At 10: An unforgettable story of impossible love and forbidden friendships in 1950s Deep South (The Shona Jackson series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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There was a time when I had gone to a writer’s workshop and the instructor had said that if a story can make you feel an assortment of emotions then it was a success. This book took me through an emotional roller coaster, I felt mainly anger but I also felt sadness and empathy. Taking place in the south during the 1950’s, a time where racism was predominant and aggressive this book weighed heavily on the topic, gruesome and unapologetic. To me, it brought me into the midst of today’s time and however much progress we have made as a society, racism still lingers like a stain within the human race. To be honest, reading the book was painful because of this reason. It did, however, bring a sense of gratitude that no matter how much racism still happens today we as a society just keep getting stronger against that type of evil. This story highlights that there is power in numbers.
It also dove into the issues with genders. Shonda, the main character as much of a badass as she is still had to constantly prove herself amongst the men and protect herself as a female working in a male-dominated field and from being taken advantage of. With all of the current events with celebrities coming out with the “Me Too” movement and shining a light of sexual harrassment at work, I couldn’t have read this book at a better time. As a woman, I put myself in Shonda’s shoes, as uncomfortable as it may have been and I felt fury because again, this type of treatment still happens today, and it is not subject to just women. It affects all genders and in all types of work and social environments.
The book itself to me was well written, the chapters short and condensed to keep the story flowing very nicely. As an aspiring author myself in the midst of writing my first novel, this book inspires me to keep writing as it was the debut novel for the authors as well. It proves that when you are passionate about something and you discipline yourself to keep going the product will reflect your love and be an instant success. I loved this book and highly recommend it! If you are anything like me you will cry, laugh, jump up in enthusiasm, punch a wall and cheer on these characters. I cannot wait for to read more about Shonda and immerse myself in more of her life. I applaud the authors on such a successful breakout novel and can say that I am a proud fan and supporter!
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Racism, sexism and homophobia are very much issues dealt with, in, I thought, a real and impacting kind of way. The violence is believable for the time in which it is set (1958), and although horrific, it sets the scene and draws you into the lives these characters are leading. I think because of the tragic lives, the love that is found by the two main characters is all that more special.
Meet Me At 10 is well written and well-edited. The story flows and is fast-paced. I read the last 2/3rds of this book in one day. I didn't want to put it down.
My only pet peeve, and this is one instilled in me by my own editorial team, is that there is an awful lot of 'head-hopping', where the POV changes mid-scene between various characters. However, I didn't enjoy the book less because of this.
The characters are strong and each brings their own element to the story. There are a number of twists that will have you questioning the truth and who to believe.
A brilliant page turner, that will have you swinging from love to hate as the focus shifts between characters.
Friendships and romance develop in the most unlikely of places, but are they strong enough to survive in a town full of prejudice, fear and deceptions.
I can't recommend this book enough, i only hope this debut isn't a one off. A fantastic first release!
This is a real page turner and it's hard to believe it is a debut novel from Vicky Jones and Claire Hackney - what a great job. They have produced a book that makes you angry and sad but there is also a romance too. Towards the end it was really hard to put down, so much so that I was up until 1.00 am this morning with my Kindle!
Hope these ladies will collaborate again and produce more great novels. If this book were made into a film, I for one would spend a lot of the time with a box of tissues!
Shona Jackson is a woman escaping her past and trying to start a new life in South America.
This book is a real page turner and in places it's hard to read about how different and hard life was for some people a few decades ago.
Ultimately it is a love story with lots of twists along the way. The characters are all very strong and you find yourself rooting for some of them and disliking many others!
For a first novel it is a very impressive debut and I look forward to seeing what Vicky Jones will come up with next. Keep us updated Vicky!
Tears and breath holding came regularly as I read this story.
I felt like I knew the characters and felt their pain.
Some was a little predictable but even then it was still hard to read the actual words of grizzly outcomes, which the author faced head on.
Where do I start?
Well, I’ll start with brilliant.
It was gritty, touching, emotional, powerful, all mixed together to make an outstanding first novel.
If this is the style of writing I can expect from this author then I can’t wait to read her next book.
And I’ll end with brilliant. Sue.