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With This Ring (Windswept Bay Book 6) Kindle Edition
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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I’m responding from a male POV, which you can take into account any way you like. But here are my sincerely regretful criticisms.
First, the story is really thin. It takes maybe two hours to read the whole thing, and very little happens.
Second, it’s painfully unrealistic. The plot is unbelievable and hokey. The main characters lurch from one overreaction to the next one, breaking up over temporary hiccups and then rushing back into each other’s arms.
Third, Jessica’s son Kevin is six going on twelve in terms of dialogue.
Fourth, the author has the odd habit of relating some plot lines after the fact, in reminisce mode, which forces the character to put the word “had” in virtually every sentence. “He had said such-and-such when she had reached out and touched his hand.” Etc.
Fifth and most painful, this book falls into the familiar trap of being breathlessly romantic almost all the time. It jumps back and forth between the male and female protagonists, and both of them are gasping and tingling with throbbing pulses most of the time.
Here are some verbatim examples:
“Levi’s smile of genuine pleasure caused butterflies to erupt behind her ribs.”
“Her skin where his hand touched was on fire and her stomach had slipped to her toes.”
“She could feel his heartbeat thundering against her own, feel his muscles in his back tense at her touch and knew that he was fighting to hold in his emotions, just as she was.”
And there’s plenty more where that comes from. Again, I’m a guy invading this genre, and if my reactions are off-base, feel free to ignore my evaluation. But from where I sit, this writer could do a whole lot better than she did in this project.
A very sweet story told with humor and love. Definitely would recommend. You will call in 💘 with Kevin. At least I did.
This is obviously a Book in a series and doesn't function too well as a standalone tale. The other characters are rushed in and out of scene or introduced by dialogue. But at times, especially when all the sisters are together, the dialogue gets stilted. Two sisters are introduced in dialogue only and only in one scene, where they chime in witty comments like, "me too" or "you've got me curious" one after the other.
There's a major emphasis on the couple at the center of this book and little is wasted on scenery or development of characters or descriptions of place. The overall impression is of paper dolls being moved around. Even scenes with real potential get little press, like the bachelor auction. I wanted to see where a school teacher gets $3000 to make good her winning bid....
Levi Sinclair has been focused on his job. Doing a good job as police chief, even in a small town, isn’t easy; but now he’s been thinking about settling down with a family. The trouble is the only woman who he’d consider marrying is still grieving for her husband and is afraid to marry a man in a potentially dangerous career. What’s a man to do?
I enjoyed this story, and for the most part, it is well-written, The only mistakes I found was “good” used when the adverb “well” was needed, “alright” used for “all right,” and “slow” for “slowly” three times. *Mild spoiler > The ending, although happy, was very abrupt and happened too fast. They were in the midst of anguish and conflict, and then all of a sudden, everything just worked out.