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Three Against the World: A Waif, a Stray, and a Romance? (Richard and Maria Book 1) Kindle Edition
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They say bad luck comes in threes, but this is not the case for Richard in Three Against the World by Sarah Stuart. He is awoken by his beloved dog Ben early one morning, warning of an intruder in his home. This is followed in quick, unforgiving succession with losing his job in the bank and therefore his manipulative, gold-digging fiancée, Bridget. When he feels the situation cannot get any worse, his ex-wife Naomi arrives, announcing he has a fourteen-year-old daughter called Maria. As Richard tries to figure out how to be a proper dad, Maria tries to settle into her first normal loving home. Their situation is further complicated when Maria is the victim of unwanted attention and Bridget is lurking in the background. Richard tries to find romance again, but will he ever find that perfect woman who has a heart and inner beauty to match his?
Three Against the World by Sarah Stuart is a truly heartwarming tale of two lost souls finding each other, and trying to fathom out a sudden father-daughter relationship. The author has a fantastic ability to create rich, three-dimensional characters and dialogue that is both realistic and suited to the character. The storyline flows with the perfect amount of conflict woven throughout, and the ending a complete shock to me, an excellent twist to the story. The scenes throughout were excellently written and transported me into the world of Richard and Maria. Every one of my senses has been touched in reading this book. I would definitely read more from this author, especially a sequel to this book.
Lesley Jones - Readers' Favorite
Conflict starts at the beginning when Richard's life is about to fall apart, and from then on, the reader follows a man in search of himself and meaning. The narrative is realistic and the plot well-handled. The author has the gift of creating vivid images and focusing on the emotional aspects of the story. Some of the descriptions are terrific like the one in the second paragraph: "The nerve... a dog barking loud enough to rouse a corpse, and somebody was calmly helping himself as if he was shopping in a supermarket." The entire narrative is gorgeous and atmospheric, the prose elegant and arresting.
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From the Author
- File size : 2559 KB
- Publication date : April 25, 2018
- Print length : 289 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B07CNRF1BN
- Lending : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #596,599 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Richard, good, solid but rather dismal man takes in his ex-wife's teenage daughter, Maria on the flimsy claim that she is -gasp- his daughter.
A DNA test quickly dashes the hope for poor Richard that he begat a child from his disastrous first marriage.
This sad man loses his job, and goes through trying to find a new one, and move from his large comfortable home because of the potential scandal that having the truth about Maria being his 'daughter' come out.
Richard sells his house, gets Maria enrolled in school among all kinds of drama and the child constantly runs away or is talked into running away from home by harpies would-be fiances.
So many more things happen but I don't want to spoil the whole book.
Here is my takeaway on it. If I were poor Richard, I would have taken more time to settle than looking to find a woman, and told Maria to stop trying to matchmake. He was way too lenient on her.
I would definitely recommend this book.
Author Stuart has done a masterful job fleshing out her characters – they are complex, identifiable and compelling. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was a wonderful change of pace from what I usually read (horror!)
I recommend this book to anyone who is a romantic at heart.
Richard takes on a job that is really not what he wants to do--he does finally get a better paying job!
The three of them move to a smaller house and Richard finally gets a gig in the evenings singing and playing his guitar which has actually been his dream.
He gets Maria into a very good private day school because he wants the best for her. Maria insists on cleaning and cooking none the less and begins to go to the place where Richard plays in the evenings. The dog goes everywhere they go! The owner of the place allows them to stay over--and Maria starts cooking for him as well!!
This is a heart rending book in some ways--in others heart warming. The ending will shock you somewhat--but all is well!
Top reviews from other countries
Although, Richard doesn't know the first thing about Maria, or raising any child, he is sensitive enough to know that she must be feeling very vulnerable, unloved and a general nuisance. Without any consideration for his own needs, Richard steps upto his responsibility & strives to provide Maria with a loving homelife and stability.
The most endearing part for me though, was when Richard realises he no longer needs to learn to love and accept Maria & fulfill his duties as a father-figure, instead he realises that Maria is his world - & he actually wants her to be a major part of his life.
I don't usually like romance stories but this book was different - not slushy or overwhelmingly 'romantic' but a good story centered around 'romance' . Sarah Stuart has the knack of drawing you in and keeping you till the end. Her characters are likeable, Richard has his trials and tribulations throughout which makes him 'real', my heart went out to Maria from the get go and I loved Ben, the dog!
Three Against the World is so different from the authors previous titles and this shows that she is not only a great storyteller but also has made her mark as an author I will follow.