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The Proviso (Tales of Dunham) Paperback – October 31, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: Tales of Dunham
  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: B10 Mediaworx (October 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981769616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981769615
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,375,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Every once in a while, I run across a book that defies pigeonholing. On the surface, this may be a romance novel, but I call it simply a very good read. I don't generally "do" romance, so there's gotta be more to get my attention. This book has that, in spades.

The quixotic mixture of murder, revenge, sex, and religion is really what caught my attention about this book in the first place, especially in the context of the Mormon religion. Wallace Stegner once wrote that "it is almost impossible to write fiction about the Mormons, for the reasons that Mormon institutions and Mormon society are so peculiar that they call for constant explanation."

Jovan has achieved a remarkable degree of success in this regard, allowing non-Mormons fascinating glimpses in a natural manner without bombarding us with definitions and explanations. There is a refreshing honesty and lack of rationalization when it comes to questions of morality and faith in a modern world.

At first glance, the plot may be a bit "haven't we done this already," but there's nothing new under the sun, so to speak. Jovan is successful in using the plot as a subtle thread to weave together the people and events.

The characters are strongly delineated and fascinating. They are the most vivid and striking people I've had the pleasure of "meeting" via the printed page in a long time. They may be a bit larger than life, so to speak, but never over the top. I don't always agree with them or like them, but I will always remember them.

Jovan's writing is indeed no-holds-barred when it comes to profanity and sex. As someone once famously said about science fiction writing, "grant your gadgets and start from there.
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I was up until 3 a.m. this morning finishing this novel--thank goodness I have the day off! You really do become involved in the characters' lives and wish them a happy ending. They made me smile, roll my eyes, and sniffle back tears. As the previous reviewer stated, I do want to know more about these people and their lives before and after the time period the novel covers.

I believe that life it too short to read books you won't enjoy, and I definitely recommend spending some time with this one.
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I know it's a cliche to say "this book has everything"...but it does. Corporate intrigue, love, family dysfunction, humor, religion, sex. But above all, it is filled with fascinating characters you won't soon forget, even after you've read the last page. I would have followed them throughout whatever story the author had seen fit to create for them, and long to read even more about them.

The writing is witty and intelligent, so much so that despite The Proviso's length I found it difficult to put down. I predict you will, too.
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After I finished reading this book, the first time, I had such a book hangover I couldn't concentrate on any other story for at least a month. The story line and characters are all so well developed that I kept thinking about them. I ended up reading the book again and that helped me move on to the other books in the series. I still think about this book and have since declared it my new favorite. It isn't very often I come across a "romance" novel that has so much more than just a simple predictable love story.
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The best way to describe this book is good, but ... uneven. There are moments in the books where you won't want to put it down; then alternatively there are equal moments when it gets so slow that you'll skip pages to get to the good parts--especially when one character has been out of the reader's eye for way too long. The soapbox against religion/spirituality that almost every character seems to be on, gets a little old at times. It's evident that the author has something against one religion in particular and used the book as a platform to express exactly how she feels. All of that is nestled between unique backgrounds and erotica, and the need to have us like characters that incorrigible at times and damaged at others. This was a great try, but it missed the mark and I truly, truly, wanted to love the book. The most I can say is that I liked it for the most part, loved it when she hit her stride and the writing was crisped, then I was ready for it to be over already.
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I pride myself on seeking out first-time authors, particularly women. I have been more often than not, pleasantly surprised. I was again with this first-time author's novel. Nothing excites me more than a thick book. There are over 700 delicious, compelling pages finely woven into an interesting and titillating read. This novel is completely character driven. Jovan's descriptions and characters are crisply delivered. I had no trouble picturing and understanding the motives and actions of every major character. I love strong female characters. Jovan doesn't disappoint. Even when at first glance, one of the women may seem only a damsel in distress, it is soon uncovered that she is a strong as stone and as smart as they come. I found the graphic, unapologetic sex intriguing. Oh yeah, and very tantalizing. I wondered what it might be like, after reading the back cover, for a novel to contain overtures of religion. I felt as though it added to their struggles in a unique way. I can't recall reading a book where religion was dealt with such a normal attitude. Religion to most folks is a way of life. It is portrayed very naturally throughout the book; Just another layer in the story.

The plot itself is interesting. People with money are always a little crazy and a whole lot interesting. I connected with the characters and found their stories hard to resist. Although I have been quite positive in my review, I did find some loop holes that could have used some needle and thread. I think it is extraordinary work for a first time author. I imagine if more books are on the way, we will see some richer plots and a growth in the author's storytelling ability. I look forward to more adventures with Knox and the Tribe.
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