- File Size: 3107 KB
- Print Length: 280 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0990337723
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 14, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N0UVZOS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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- #145 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Inspirational
- #273 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Christian > Romance > Mystery & Suspense
- #316 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Literature & Fiction > Romance > Mystery & Suspense
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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: 4.25 -- Plot is engaging from start to finish. Has many unique elements, no major holes, and a sense of focus. Setting is clear and believable. Timeline is inconsistent and confusing. I enjoyed the unusual idea of a romance between a former bully and his victim. It was done well, with the consequences of the past neither vanishing at once, nor lingering too long. The various catalysts for change along the way were varied, interesting, and reasonable. The confusing timeline distracted and annoyed me, however. I would say it starts in mid-June (the official beginning of summer is still a week away, according to an early bit of dialogue) and is mainly confined to the single week that Violet is filling in at her mom's restaurant. But there are several confounding references to multiple weeks passing, and besides, June seems early for harvesting gardens. Argh.
Characters: 4.7 -- Relatable, realistic, interesting, dynamic characters. Some minor characters have depth, while others may be slightly stereotyped or simplified. Definite strong points in the relationships between characters. Violet and Silas both have a lot of depth even before they start interacting with each other again, but dealing with the echoes of their painful past brings out plenty of additional depth for them both. Some of my favorite elements are how they are both sort of initially horrified at the thought that they might actually like each other -- and that they might have liked each other even in high school. Using a snotty former classmate to bring this realization to Violet was especially great. Family and friends come into the story to varying degrees, and are developed as characters to varying extents, as well. Some good wisdom from Luke, Elise, and Ron to help Silas and Violet along the way.
Mechanics and Writing: 3 -- Frequent typos, punctuation issues, and word errors. (>30/100 pgs) Some of the errors are mildly confusing. Generally solid use of POV, with a few errors or oddities. Generally skillful writing. Errors include: compound word and/or homophone confusion, mild punctuation or formatting issues (a comma before 'but' is almost always needed; also inconsistent indents throughout -- most, but not all, paragraphs seem to have a double indent), mild typos (including errors in proper names, like calling Arcadia Valley 'Arcadia Falls' once, and referring to Delis Sausages as 'Deli's Sausages'). Then there are some inconsistencies that are mildly confusing, such as failing to mention Romy at all until long after several cryptic statements hint at Silas having one, mysterious, remaining family member, or statements that put Charlotte in 2 places at once (she's helping Romy with canning, but also needs a babysitter because it's date night?). POV is Violet and Silas, and one section seems to shift between them oddly.
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. A very clean story, with plenty of emotional and spiritual depth. Silas is grappling with his guilt over his past actions, and needs to learn to stop living in the past and move forward once the people he hurt have forgiven him. Violet learns that genuinely forgiving means acknowledging how much Silas has changed, and choosing to stop looking for ways he might fail. Humility and grace are big themes.
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.
This novel can be read as a standalone but reading Book 1 introduces you to Arcadia Valley as a whole and the farm fresh concept.
I love the sense of community, how people share and work together.
Violet struggles with her attitude towards Silas and her growing attraction and finally surrenders to God's will.
God's love and mercy is highlighted throughout the book.
Thanks for an inspiring read and a very nice romance.
The story line is good and the characters are strong.
My one challenge with this book is the cover......clearly Tht is NOT a woman of Korean decent on the cover.
Gd read.....looking forward to the next ones.
It addressed bullying very well.
I liked all of the characters and the dog connection. So cute.
I requested the opportunity to read and review this title from the author. The opinions expressed are my own.
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