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Secrets of the Apple Paperback – June 15, 2012
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Book review: Secrets of the Apple I don't ordinarily write reviews, I just don't have time for it... but if I come across a gem, I just can't seem to help myself. This book is like discovering an Indie band, it's not widely read, in fact it's ranking on Amazon is incredibly low, but I don't believe it's due to a poor book... oh no, I read it and can only say this is the epitome of romance. It's because I just don't think enough people know about this lovely book... so I'm doing my best to help out a fellow author (which I don't even know by the way). I came across the ad on Kindle Deals and was so struck by the simplicity of the cover that I uploaded a sample, and the rest is as they say... history. Secrets of the Apple: Ryoki is comfortable in his custom-built hell, making money with both hands and slashing his path through the world of men. But there s something about Kate, something important dangling just at the edge of his consciousness. She can t read a map, she falls off her heels, and yet she saves his life with a button and a bit of thread. Terrified she s privately plotting to marry him, he studies her with hooded eyes, attempting to discover her secrets for himself. But understanding Kate will challenge everything he thought he knew. If you love Pride and Prejudice, if you love a long and very, very sweet and satisfying romance, than you have to try this. It's only 2.99, well worth the cost of admission. Happy reading, ~Marie --mariehallwrites' blogspot
Not enough words to say how much I loved this book. Paula Hiatt created a story that drew me into wanting to learn so much more about the Japanese and Brazilian cultures and to visit the locations described in her book. As someone who is from two different cultures myself I feel a natural affinity to stories and people who are multiracial. No one really gets the dynamics involved in trying to balance both worlds unless you are a mixed. It is both very rewarding and very difficult to relate to people especially in a minority culture as you are seen as not quite right or one of us but yet you are. Hiatt does a great job of creating the right vibe for Ryoki who tries to live up to higher standards and pressures. The story is also incredibly funny and has a great classic romance. Secrets of the Apple reminded me of a Hepburn or Bacall movie. Obviously I highly recommend buying Hiatt s book and have already added her name to my list of authors I follow, waiting for their next book. I have already bought a copy for the library as I am hoping many others will discover this wonderful author --Goodreads
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I'm still not over the surprise of finding such quality in a $0.99 ebook. It's simply astounding!
I could start the review by pointing out the various similarities between "Secrets of the Apple" and "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen, but it's enough to say that it is the obvious intention of the author for the book to be a tribute to this classic. Even the characters themselves observe this and make some remarks about living in a Jane Austen novel.
Beyond the narrative similarities, I have to say that the style of the author is somewhat similar, too. She uses mainly a third person POV of Ryoki and sometimes retreating to a sort of "group" POV (for example, to depict the gossip in Ryoki's household). The author masterfully peppers the narrative with a smart humor, often as used by the characters in a self-deprecating way. Just an example which cracked me up, describing a confrontation between Ryoki and his (totalitarian) cook, where he wants to make himself a sandwich and the cook doesn't let him:
"Undeterred, Ryoki held his ground, intending once and for all to reveal his secret identity as Master of the Sandwich, keen to experiment with an unusual set of condiments smeared in precise quantity and particular order. It was time she recognized her place. My house, my kitchen. He opened his mouth and squeaked: 'Pastrami'".
The fact that the story is not funny, but very serious, makes these short humorous touches so much funnier.
About the story itself, I must say that the author manages to insert a little bit of cultural history, an even bigger bit of cultural description with the expected cultural clash and yet everything is an important and relevant part of the story.Read more ›
I received a free copy of this book from bookrooster.com in exchange for an honest review.
Ryoki and Kate are very interesting characters.This is a nice developing love story which seems unusual in itself. often the attraction and tension start off with a bang- not so here.The cultural differences of Japanese and American made this engrossing.All of this is in Ryoki's perceptions and I liked this aspect.His thoughts as a man and a Japanese businessman- his background and mannerisms all played into the emotional changes and thought process as he became influenced and in love with Kate.I'd give this more stars if I could.
What an amazing, beautiful story. I didn't want to stop reading. It was an easy read, but so beautifully written. The way the words are put together just astounded me. I found myself thinking that it was just so different from most books I read. Don't get me wrong - I enjoy those books, but this was just like a breath of fresh air, written with such finesse. Though mostly serious, there were also nuggets of humor that made me laugh out loud - so unexpectedly.
An added bonus for me was the look at Japanese culture, something I know very little about.
I received a complimentary copy of the book in order to review.
All in all, a really satisfying read, I highly recommend.
The story is interspersed with snippets of Ryoki's (grand)parents lives abroad. This gives us a better understanding of his character, as he's torn between two cultures that are often vastly different. The lead characters are flawed (although in Kate's case I think her primary flaw is that she's just too dang good at everything she does) and well-rounded, and the supporting cast is full of their own quirks.
The characters have nice interactions with each other, and the conversations feel natural and rarely forced or bland. The romance develops rather naturally, and isn't a product of pure carnal desire. This is a refreshing change of pace from the romance stories I've been reading lately. I thought this was a lovely romantic tale, with just the right amount of drama and culture. The story is serious, but there are touches of wit in the interactions that keep things from being unbearably sober.
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In a society where sexuality is the norm, it is nice to read a book that doesn't have society's morals. Read morePublished on April 8, 2014 by Wasatch Dave
I loved this book. I have read it twice and highly recommend it. It was a lovely story and so well written. The characters were sweetly defined and very authentic. Read morePublished on March 27, 2014 by GrannyX
I decided on 2 stars cause all in all I was very nice. I feel it could have been much shorter, I had plenty of times that I got bored and wanted to stop reading. Read morePublished on February 23, 2014 by Lynda
This book is not the genre that I would normally read but I found it enjoyable to read with a well written story. Read morePublished on December 20, 2013 by J. Root
Secrets of The Apple by Paula Hiatt is a romantic novel. The story is about Ryoki a very serious Japanese businessman and his american assistant. Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by Jenn
A slow, drama filled, romantic story of two lives coming together. Paula Hiatt is a true poet, meaning she put words to motion in this novel and produced a really great story. Read morePublished on October 11, 2013 by Britt LaShea