- File Size: 3406 KB
- Print Length: 214 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Three Strand Press (March 31, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 31, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UUKBSDI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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I gave it a four instead of a five stars because I felt the underlying issue between Brooke and Tori needed something more than "things have been better". Maybe that will be coming in the future. I also felt the family dynamic with Trent's family kind of got dropped. In addition I just really don't like Tori. I'm all for strong, independent women but they need to be honest with themselves and know when to ask for help too. Her pride comes across to me as she has a chip on her shoulder. I'm hoping as her relationship continues her honesty can be developed.
I think this is the first time I have not liked one of Jordan's characters and I have read all her books. I say that cautiously since this one happens to be one with a disability. However it had nothing to do with that but her attitude and outlook. On the other hand, I did like to find out more about her and her life. Tori shooting guns almost made me like her. The insight into her life as a little person was very informative.
As always Jordan gives us an amazing, full story with a great plot, wonderful characterization within a strong Christian worldview. I'm looking forward to the next one in the series!
Trent Hause is a very special man, in addition to trying to get Victoria to understand he's serious about her, he has to learn to understand some of the problems that are caused by her size and the perception people have about her condition. I would never dream of being rude to someone with dwarfism but I can see that some people have no respect for anyone who is outside of their definition of what normal is.
This is a beautiful love story, the characters are believable and definitely likeable. It's a great series.
(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 -- Plot has unique elements and no major holes, but a few shaky bits and/or a slight lack of focus. I like the interesting element of Victoria's dwarfism and the unique challenges that places on the relationship. Some slightly cliche bits (eg, heartbreak after misinformation, etc), but mostly interesting and unique. Setting is clear and believable. Timeline may be a bit hard to follow. I was okay with the timeline until the '4 months later' at the epilogue, which skips past January to at least March, apparently forgetting the 2 months of recovery after Tori's surgery.
Characters: 5 -- Relatable, realistic, interesting, dynamic characters. Victoria defines herself by her dwarfism, even while putting on a good public show of not letting that hold her back from anything. She doesn't want pity, to the point of enduring pain rather than using crutches in front of anyone. Trent does what he can to help, but is sensitive enough to avoid making her feel less than a person. I also like how Trent's faith and simple lifestyle are in direct odds to his upbringing. Even minor characters have depth, as do the relationships between characters. Interesting interactions with interesting characters in their families and at BlackThorpe.
Mechanics and Writing: 4 -- A handful of typos, punctuation issues, or word errors, but nothing that seriously hinders understanding, and perhaps a bit better than the first 2 books. Good use of POV (Victoria and Trent). Generally skillful writing. Some chapter breaks that seem unusually arbitrary. Specifically, the first 2 paragraphs of chapter 12 are a direct continuation of Trent's inner dialogue in chapter 11 -- so why on earth are those 2 paragraphs displaced to the next chapter? I understand chapter breaks in mid-scene when it helps keep the reader interested, but this one just felt like a mistake.
Redeeming Value: 4 -- Partially focused uplifting themes or lessons. Trent and Victoria each pray for God's direction in their lives. Victoria realizes she privately views herself as damaged and ugly, not fearfully and wonderfully made, and finally moves to surrender that feeling to God. Sex, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified. I can get behind going to a gun range for enjoyment (particularly as it is something that is an even playing field for Victoria and Trent), and I can even see that Victoria's size makes her more vulnerable than most people, but I still balk a bit at the idea of her carrying a concealed weapon.
Personal Enjoyment: 4.5 -- I loved it. Highly enjoyable and very entertaining, with perhaps an issue or two that tempered my pleasure. One I'll definitely read again.