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The Milestone Tapes Paperback – February 19, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
How wrong I was.
I write science fiction with aliens and explosions so that's the kind of thing I'm drawn to when I read. However, while I'm more than happy to explore outside my genre, reading chick-lit is definitely right down the bottom of the list of weekend activities I enjoy... the experience hovering somewhere between being waterboarded and stung to death by millions of tiny scorpions. Further, the Milestone Tapes is also a writer's debut novel and I know from experience that, regrettably, so often a young writer's debut novel just isn't their best work.
So when I saw that Ashley was a new author to the Kindleboards, and she mentioned in a thread that she hadn't had any sales of her debut novel yet... I had my reservations, but against my instinct I decided to help her out. Her cover was beautiful, her book was cheap and she conducted herself professionally in the threads she posted in so I thought, hey, why not... I'll buy a copy, read the first bit of it, say how it wasn't my thing, give the book a short three star review and be done with it. I went into this work feeling like I was just going through the motions; I thought reading this was going to be a chore, feeling only slightly mollified by the knowledge that I only had to force my way through enough of it to write a review and then I could walk away.
All that went out the window when, at about 2:40am on a week night, I suddenly realized what time it was and just how deeply I'd been sucked into the world of the Chamberlands.
First of all, the book is quite long given the premise, and this surprised me.Read more ›
I found the idea of making milestone tapes is a great idea even if you don't know you are dying. My great grandma passed away when I was a senior in high school and I was so close to her. After reading this book I wish she would have written down things or even made tapes so that I could go back and listen or read her words. I am sure any person would love to go back and read what their parents left them.
When it comes right down to it I have to give this book 5 stars and it will be a book that I will always keep and I am sure I will read it over and over again. I recommend this to anyone who knows what is feels like to lose a loved one!
There are a lot of high ratings for this book, which, along with the beautiful cover (seemingly rare these days among self-published and e-book authors) and the intriguing premise, led me to give it a go. I'm not sure if the 4 and 5 star ratings are because this is the author's first book, but I really can't agree with them. I am struggling to give it these 2 stars.
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The story was tackled moderately well, though I thought going into it that Jenna's story would be more of a prologue than a full half of the book. It left Mia's story feeling a bit rushed, and we didn't get to hear all of the tapes. I assumed from the outline of the book that we would get to hear all of the tapes, or get an explanation as to why we didn't hear all of them. It was a bit of a let-down. Mia's milestones also seemed hurried, and not everything can be explained away by how fast young love moves. Everything happened to her within a couple of months, and it just seemed unrealistic to me. The epilogue was well done, though.
The writing and lack of editing was ultimately what let me down. I originally thought that this file had been badly converted from PDF, but then realised I'd downloaded it straight from Amazon. There were so many glaring typos and omitted words that it became incredibly distracting. Added to this were mixed metaphors (children were 'under toe', not 'under foot' or 'in tow'), sentences that were mixed up or had extra random words added in, and misuse of words (e.g. cankerous instead of cantankerous, some verbing of nouns).Read more ›
Jenna and Gabe are professional people and have an established life, beautiful home and decide it is time to have a child, even though they have been married for a long time. They have a beautiful daughter, Mia, who is three when Jenna is diagnosed with cancer. She ends up going through fours years of treatment until it becomes inevitable and she is told she has maybe 6 months to live. She decides to stop treatment so she can devote what time she has left with her husband and daughter.
Jenna wants to prepare Gabe and Mia for life without her so she decides to create a set of tapes for Mia with words of encouragement and advice for Mia when she hits milestones in her life, such as graduating high school/college, falling in love for the first time, getting married and having a child of her own among other things.
Even though this story is about death, dying and the aftermath that a family lives through after a loved one passes away, it is also about moving on. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its very rare that I stop reading a book, even when I don't care for the author's writing style or a main character's traits, but at "18% completed" I decided to give up... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stefanie K.
Book was heartwarming ! A good read. Lovely storyline and very well written. Highly recommend this book to all! ByePublished 2 months ago by debby_nc
I would give it 5 stars, but there were spelling errors as well as a bunch of grammar errors. A few sentences really had to think about what the author was trying to say. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Myndi
Very easy to get in to this touching story of a mothers love for her daughter. What a legacy she left her!Published 11 months ago by Georgette E.
I read this book in three sittings! I feel in love with the characters and shed many tears! We have all been affected by cancer in some way and to read of the bond between mother... Read morePublished 14 months ago by chelleie
I'd had this book in my Kindle for months. Got it one day while searching the free Kindle reads. I must admit I loved the cover way before I ever read the description of what the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Monica from A Southern Girls Bookshelf
Good story line, very relatable.
Needs more editing. Numerous typos distract from story !