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4 stars: Shelter from the Storm by Kristen Ethridge
on June 21, 2016
Becca, who runs an animal shelter, and veterinarian Ross have always had an adversarial relationship, but they unite during a hurricane to care for needy animals, and become friends--and more than friends.
(Though reviews are inherently subjective, I prefer to provide some organization to my opinions through the use of a personal rubric. The following notes may contain spoilers.)
Plot and Setting: 4 -- Plot has unique elements and no major holes, but a few shaky bits. Setting is clear and believable, with only minor inconsistencies. Timeline may be a bit hard to follow (vague on how long the recovery phases took).
Characters: 4 -- Main characters are relatable, realistic, interesting, and dynamic. Minor characters and villains may be slightly stereotyped or simplified. I did dislike how Ross pulled away so sharply from Becca, without even seeking a real conversation about it.
Writing and Mechanics: 3.5 -- A handful of typos, punctuation issues, or word errors, but nothing that seriously hinders understanding. Generally solid use of POV, with a few errors. Generally skillful writing. Ross is called Pete twice in 2 paragraphs. Insurance guy is mostly called Billy, but sometimes Bobby. One scene that was either head-hopping or just poor writing. A few shaky places that were a bit confusing nearer the end.
Redeeming Value: 4.5 -- Partially focused uplifting themes. Major focus on surviving the storm, secondary focus on Becca learning that people aren't all as selfish as she has experienced, especially when their foundation is a loving God. Sex, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified at all.
Personal Enjoyment: 4 -- I liked it a lot. Highly enjoyable and very entertaining, with perhaps an issue or two that tempered my pleasure. I’d enjoy reading it again.