The Sun Still Rises Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07ZY9Z8BZ
- Publisher : NineStar Press (November 11, 2019)
- Publication date : November 11, 2019
- Language: : English
- File size : 1378 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 108 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Customer Reviews:
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It's clear that this author isn't a native English speaker, and in saying this, I mean no disrespect - rather, I mean that she has a lovely, quaint and genuine-feeling turn of phrase that makes her tale feel authentic, and that I appreciated it more for that. So much of (any) language can be lost in translation, especially when authors strive to deliver contemporary, colloquial English, but this had the warmth of Latin-based languages, and the elegance of phrasing, too.
The tale isn't an out-and-out romance; it's a tale about a young bereaved man learning a little more about something dear to his late father, which allows him to deal with his grief, and learning a little about himself at the same time. He's a successful author who unfortunately could have better mental health, which has resulted in him holding himself back and having episodes that cause him to doubt himself and take a few steps back in his self-help road. I appreciated the author's telling of things that made Erik's suffering sound real, and at the end, reading her bio, it wasn't a surprise to learn that she has issues with anxiety herself. It may be cliché, but they do say to you should write about what you know, and the author did that with openness and honesty.
The tale had huge potential to be a really romantic one, given how the leads met, how their relationship ended up being conducted over a huge distance, over a couple of years, before they were about to take the next step to cement their HEA. I wanted to know more about Erik and his life before the start of this book. I wanted to know more about his Spanish connections. I wanted to know more about David's love of his country, his city and his dreams. That I didn't get that, solely due to the brevity and rushed feeling of this tale, is a little sad, but it was still a good read. Expanded, this could be a lovely, full-of-real-emotions tale, complete with human failings, successes and seeing the love story grow, rather than the leads calling themselves 'boyfriends' a mere three days after meeting for the first time. I hope the author does one day decide to expand it, as it felt really, really rushed at the end, and two minor characters living in different countries were shown together at the end, without any explanation and with a lot of questions on my part that I wanted answers to. Maybe I'm a little too black and white in my thinking and maybe I like things a little too neat and tidy and am not good at reading between the lines, but this book needed to slow down for the last two chapters and expand a bit.
ARC courtesy of Ninestar Press and Bayou Book Junkie, for my reading pleasure.
Erik is a writer and visiting Pamplona, Spain. To remember and honor his dad who past away.
At the local tourist agency he meets David who works there.
With every hotel fully booked his only chance to sleep in a bed is to accept David’s offer.
We get to know them on tour together through Pamplona, the anxiety of Erik, the always kind and understanding David and, their blooming relationship.
To be honest I rushed a bit through this story. It was kind, nice, well written, but I missed some
action. The process of grieving, acceptance and learning their own strength was well done.
The place where it all took place was nice. The personalities ditto. But for real entertaining I missed something.