- File Size: 2363 KB
- Print Length: 287 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 16, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06Y4HYL51
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Sprouts of Love: Garden Grown Romance Book One (Arcadia Valley Romance 5) Kindle Edition
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(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: 4.6 -- Plot is engaging. Has unique elements and no major holes, but a few shaky bits and/or a slight lack of focus. Setting is clear and believable. Timeline is clear and consistent. This is a fascinating romance, with unique angles and interesting twists. Some of the twists I saw coming, and some I didn't. I didn't initially understand why Evelyn pulled back at one point (right there with you, Ben), though it did make a lot of sense later. Several conflicts did end up resolving rather suddenly, which felt a bit too easy after all the build up. I appreciated the reasonably clear timeline.
Characters: 5 -- Relatable, realistic, interesting, dynamic characters. Even minor characters have depth, as do the relationships between characters. The characters feel very real. Ben's process of grieving, wallowing, and finally moving forward was believable, as was Evelyn's complex mix of emotions. A moment that felt especially real was where she fights off feelings of resentment as her new friends offer Maisie gifts she can't afford to give herself. I appreciated that while Ben and Evelyn both had issues from their pasts that they needed to face, they found healing and personal growth in the process of tackling the things they'd rather ignore. Some solid friendships, too, and Maisie comes across as a realistic preteen.
Mechanics and Writing: 4.8 -- Few, if any, typos, punctuation issues, or word errors. (<6/100pgs) Intelligent use of POV. Skillful writing that adds to the story. Errors include: compound word and/or homophone confusion, mild punctuation or formatting issues, one place it said Max where I think it meant Maxwell. Small things. POV alternates between Evelyn and Ben.
Redeeming Value: 5 -- Well-developed, central, uplifting themes. Drugs, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified at all. No explicit sex scenes. Clear moral guidelines for behavior. Some kisses, and non-graphic references to sex in the past (Ben remembering his late wife, Evelyn talking about getting pregnant at 16, Ben's mom and sister almost getting stuck with a pimp years ago) but no more than that. A strong focus on community involvement and giving compassion and aid to those in need. Themes of love and self-sacrifice, and Evelyn's struggle to relinquish control.
Personal Enjoyment: 4.8 -- I liked it a lot. It made me feel in all the best ways, and leaves me content and satisfied. One I'll definitely read again.
As always, it was enjoyable visiting with the residents of Arcadia Valley and watching the romance of Evelyn and Ben blossom.
I love Arcadia Valley, their sense of community, and was really impressed how they came together to support Evelyn and Ben.
Best of all I love how our Lord and Saviour takes a prominent role throughout.
I eagerly await the next book.
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