- File Size: 2365 KB
- Print Length: 192 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Candlelight Romance (September 13, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 13, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LT9HMVK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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I liked the book, although some of the descriptions were too lengthy. Instead of a paragraph or two they often turned into a page or two. “Mimi’s” was used for “Mimi” when it wasn’t possessive and “stereotyped” for the adjective “stereotypical.” The ending in this one was weaker than Yvonne Lehman usually writes. *Possible spoiler > The tension and passion between Lucas and Rae usually sizzled (in a clean way), but it fizzled in the conclusion. < I gave the book 4.5 stars, which rounded up to a five.
(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: 2.7 -- Plot is mostly cliche or bizarre, and parts are hard to follow. Includes a handful of scenes that pull away from the main focus. Setting is clear and believable. Timeline may be a bit hard to follow. Wow, so this is a solidly bizarre plot. I'm not sure a book has ever elicited so many disbelieving exclamations from me as I read. Sometimes I really wasn't sure what was going on, and sometimes I knew but didn't want to believe it. A very weird love triangle, and people making very weird choices along the way. It wasn't a believable story, and some elements (like the dance, and the talk of their athletic abilities) didn't fit in well.
Characters: 2.7 -- Main characters are only partially relatable, realistic, interesting, or dynamic. Minor characters are almost exclusively stereotyped or simplified. Relationships between characters are not especially well developed. I've read several books by this author now (they were free), and I've shaken my head each time she uses the plot device of sending one of the characters more or less away for many long months before a sudden reunion and plans to marry at once. Why is this romantic? I'd much rather have actual development of characters and their relationships. Instead, we are introduced to heaps of characters, and given just enough background info on them to make it seem like they will have a major role in the story, but most of them are only mentioned once. Even our main characters are pretty one-note, without much development or growth. And Lucas's overbearing attitude toward his niece and nephew felt odd.
Mechanics and Writing: 2.9 -- Scattered typos, punctuation issues, and word errors. (<30/100 pgs) Some of the errors are definitely confusing. Generally solid use of POV, with a few errors or oddities. Average writing, with strong parts and parts that struggle. Errors include: compound word and/or homophone confusion, slightly confusing punctuation or formatting issues, mild typos. A handful of times I was left truly confused about what a sentence or paragraph was trying to convey. I also found myself groaning aloud more than once at what I was reading. Oy vey. POV is almost entirely 3rd person Rae, but briefly slips into another head at least once.
Redeeming Value: 4.4 -- Partially focused uplifting themes or lessons. Drugs, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified. No explicit sex scenes. Clear or implied moral guidelines for behavior. Clean, though there are several baffling/somewhat scandalous kisses, and hints at strings of less-than-serious relationships in the pasts of several characters. And this was written before concerns about cultural appropriation, apparently. A few bits that made me cringe in that respect. About half the main characters are professing Christians, though they make plenty of mistakes that dilute their witness. They do all ultimately confess and repent, and their remorse helps point the lessons of their actions in a more positive direction. Honesty is an important theme. Also the power of nature and the health of putting more emphasis on serving others and following the dreams God gives us, rather than being swayed by wealth and an easy lifestyle.
Personal Enjoyment: 1.5 -- I’m not a fan. Some good bits, but reading it felt rather like a chore. I will not be reading it again.
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