- File Size: 523 KB
- Print Length: 182 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1534937072
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Creativia; 1 edition (June 16, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 16, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01H7UJ4VQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,643 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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First, the good. The premise of the story should have been successful, the idea was a good one, the concept of taking the reader back in time to the sixties, and a beachside holiday village filled with quirky characters and interesting stories could have worked really well for so many reasons. The nostalgia of the era makes for a great basis of the story and in many ways, the author captured that era in remarkable detail and with a great deal of accuracy. The characters were interesting, reasonably well rounded and I was somewhat interested in where the story was going.
The bad. The characters were almost bordering on 'too' quirky, and there were many aspects of the story which sadly, just didn't make sense. It almost felt as if the author was introducing stories and contrived situations, to ensure that the overall story arc headed in the direction required to bring us to the conclusion. And it was a conclusion, sadly, which was so far from left field as to leave me thinking that I wasn't sure why I'd bothered to read it. In the space of the final chapter - the storyline swept so far from the path we'd been on, that I found myself having to suspend belief more than I was comfortable doing so.
And therein lies my quandary. Yes, the author has written a book which captures the attention, and recreates a bygone era in a fashion which was enjoyable, and created characters which were quite good. But the path the story takes as it comes to its conclusion - there just seemed to be no valid reasoning behind it, and I was left with the idea that the whole story was very contrived and forced in the direction the author needed to reach the 'shocking twist' at the end.
Reviewer's Note: I will also point out that my Kindle version had at least a paragraph missing from the end of Chapter Seven, and there were a number of missing words throughout the book. While this didn't detract from the reading itself, it was somewhat annoying.
I am not going to go into the literately descriptions of the writing. I’m just going to say READ IT FOR YOURSELF you will be amazed. I’m just going to launch into some of the authors books and see if I enjoy them as much.