- Paperback: 194 pages
- Publisher: Endless String (June 29, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0985643110
- ISBN-13: 978-0985643119
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,265,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reinventing Mike Lake Paperback – June 29, 2012
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About the Author
R.W. Jones is a former freelance writer with a passion for reading, writing, and traveling. His career has allowed him to cover numerous sporting events and interview some of the biggest names in sports. Jones's first novel, Reinventing Mike Lake, was published in May 2012. He currently lives in Virginia with his wife, Jessica, their dog Kokomo, and cat Charlotte.
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Top Customer Reviews
You learn some interesting geographical facts and will relate to some thoughts.
I finished it and then said "Why?"
It's an okay book written in first person with some nice little things.
My husband passed away six years ago very suddenly so I thought this story would speak to me. Well, after about the first two chapters I wanted to tell the character to get off his butt and do something! Quit feeling sorry for yourself! I don't want to be harsh but obviously the author hasn't dealt with that kind of a loss. Yes, your world is ripped apart and you don't want to get out of bed or leave your house. However, you realize your spouse wouldn't want you to wallow in your grief. In order to heal you need to get out of bed and try to maintain some sort of normalcy even if you don't feel like it or want to. My family helped me during my first year (and they still are there when I need a shoulder) but they didn't enable me to become a recluse and shut myself off from everyone.
This story is touching in parts. I cried when he was describing his wife's illness and death. There was a parallel since we never had children and only had dogs so reading about the dog staying by his wife's side was very touching. I experienced that with my dogs after my husband died. Other than that part, I thought the story was kind of boring.
This is an ok book but I wouldn't rate it with 5 star's. The concept was there but the ability to really feel and connect with the characters was lacking, in my opinion.
My one issue, and the reason why this isn't a five star review, is that I felt like it could have used a little more polish. The first chapter is especially redundant and hard to read, but as you move on in the story it gets easier and easier. Some of the phrasing is still awkward or some of the situations unbelievable, and I think another set of eyes could have helped smooth out inconsistencies. I wish that we could have seen the relationship that forms at the end of the story develop a little better in pages, too. That being said I didn't find it so glaring that I couldn't enjoy the story for what it was.
Otherwise, a very excellent story, definitely a good read when you're looking for something meaningful but not too heavy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A heart warming story of a man in his 30's having to start his life all over after his wife dies.
You will love him and his dog and they take to the road trying to find some... Read more
I loved this book. It is a very gentle love story of a writer who is coming to terms with a great loss. It is beautifully written and well worth the five stars.Published 20 months ago by Peter Jones
the book read like real life may be and was quite relaxing . I enjoyed this and would recommend as an enjoyable evening pastime for anyone.
I especially enjoyed the insightful and emotional complexity that evolves each of us as humans. Both men and women should enjoy the adventure of this sweet but flawed man. Read morePublished on March 26, 2014 by Klondike
I loved this book! It's such a sweet sorry!! I recommend it for everyone who loves a good sweet story!Published on January 19, 2014 by Anna Miller
I finished this book a few days ago and after thinking about it for those few days I still like this book. It was just a good story. Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by dj