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Somewhere around the two-thirds mark, though, the story bogged down. Partly, it had become obvious who was going to end up with who, so there was no dramatic tension left. I did finish, but only because I had insomnia.
Also, though I've seen books that are worse in this regard, the author's mistakes of English began to grate on me more and more. Spring had to deal with "envelops", so spelled twice in a paragraph. And the past tense of "lie on the bed" should be "lay on the bed", not "lie on the bed". There were plenty more of that sort, basic stuff that an editor would have fixed instantly. The less-interesting fnal third just needed a major rewrite to be more interesting.
If you see this on a day when it's free, and you want something pleasant and unchallenging to read, go for it.
A couple of years ago things changed. And in the course of one year -- hard to believe, I know, but I was driven -- I read nearly everything by Kurt Vonnegut, Carl Hiaasen, Randy Wayne White and Tim Dorsey. April's first book reminds me of Tim Dorsey's work -- a popular Florida author with some laugh out loud characters and story lines that you know to be truer than most people would expect or like.
To be frank, April's book was on the top of my reading list because I knew her late father. An extraordinarily talented martial artist, and a wonderfully interesting man married to an equally fascinating woman, I didn't expect to see so much of their story skillfully woven into someone else's. But that's what makes good fiction, I think. In my own writing -- I write historical fiction, set in Nevada in the 1880s -- I put it this way: "real people, real places, the way the West was won."
April does just that. Real people, real situations, in a fictional setting sure to remind you of your own. I recommend her work. This first book of April's is still my favorite.
I don't read a lot of romance books because they're all about the same but I enjoyed this one.
There aren't any graphic sex scenes, some bad language but not a lot.
This book was written in a way, that I was able to step inside this vivid, beautiful and creative place and see the world through the eyes of the child that grew up traveling with the carnival, craving stability and normalcy. I was able to become the woman with the zany, but loving mother, who always had her daughter's best interest at heart. And step into the shoes of that woman with the love problems we can all relate to.
This book made me laugh, fight with the characters, smile and not want to stop "turning" the pages. It was a delightfully, easy read that I didn't want to end. I cannot wait to read more of April Aasheim's books!