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Willow Pond by [Tibaldi, Carol]
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 "Willow Pond is a treasure to read. Tibaldi is a first-time author who has made an indelible mark with her debut novel." eNovel Reviews

"This is Tibaldi's debut novel, and it's strong; she does well at creating strong characters early on who have a real sense of personality and individuality." Kindle Book Review

"Willow Pond delivers much more than you would expect from a first novel. Ms. Tibaldi took a story line and added her own flavor. It was a tricky one that she weaved together perfectly." Jacqueline Druga, Author of Sleepers and Torn

"This story keeps getting better as you turn the pages." Mimi Barbour, Author of His Devious Angel

"Willow Pond" is a wonderful book told with a great hand by Carol Tibaldi. She doesn't disappoint!" The Bookish Dame

Product Details

  • File Size: 737 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006NQHE36
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,348 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Although I applaud anyone able to complete a novel, from start, middle to end, I was very disappointed in this work. Given all the fantastic reviews, one would expect to be transported to the time period, but a few well-placed mentions of vintage product or period celebrities does not a historic novel make. The bones are there, but the execution is not.

First, there is the question of contemporary dialog...such as "in my space," or "hot," when describing a certain item of clothing a la Paris Hilton as well as other colloquialisms not appropriate to the era. Minor as those may seem they are jarring.

The other annoyance are characters who appear, but whose purpose are never properly explained nor fleshed out, such as Peter, who appears unintroduced in the first few chapters, only to have a real life later in the novel.

Or Laura, who has lost a child, but shows little real grief, and is only too willing to get on with her life after only a few weeks of the child having gone missing. No Mother would be going out on dates with reporters weeks after losing her child. The suffering would be unbearable.

Making reference to a few historical items within the body of the work is not sufficient to make a novel a historical tale, such as the young man who dies fighting abroad during WW1. America did not enter the war in 1915 as stated in the novel, although some young Americans did join the French early on, or signed with the Canadians, but there is no background to explain what this particular young man was doing there. And, the comment that follows that Laura wanted to write about her experiences, but Remarque did it better, is only a weak reference to include a historic item without any basis. What experiences did Laura have?
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I admit I did not finish this one, gave up about half way through. I know some people feel that a book not finished shouldn't be rated/reviewed but if I felt strongly enough about it to stop reading it, I feel I'm entitled to express why I felt so strongly about it.

This had the potential for a good story but it was let down by poor writing quality. Descriptions were simplistic and immature - for example, when the male protagonist describes the female protagonist, Laura, as "absolutely the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen", it felt more like what a teenager girl fantasizes a guy would think of her. I did not get a strong sense of the time period or setting, I felt like the dialogue was contrived and the characters were flat and one dimensional, I had no emotional connection to them whatsoever.

I also had an issue with part of the premise. Laura decides to grant a reporter an interview because she feels the police aren't doing enough and a reporter will be more motivated to dig into the case. But why was a private investigator not even mentioned or considered first? Laura's ex husband Phillip certainly has the money and it would be more private. The author obviously needed or wanted the male protagonist to be a reporter instead. So the whole thing felt contrived and not very well thought through.

Many of the points other reviewers have made I also found to be true as well, such as Laura's lack of grieving, but since they've already been pointed out by many, I wanted to address other issues I found.
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Willow Pond is one of those books that draws you in from the first few lines and makes it so you do not want to put the book down. Carol Tibaldi creates a world that captures the reader and transports them back to an earlier time. There were many times in the book where I wanted to shout, to laugh and to cry and my breath was held several times.

If you enjoy historic books that are mysterious and suspenseful then you will love Willow Pond. Willow Pond is one of those books that you will not be able to put down because you will want to know what happened to a certain character and exactly who was involved. Read this book if you enjoy a good page-turner with lots of twists and suspense.
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I had heard a lot of good things about Willow Pond by Carol Tibaldi. On Twitter I saw many tweets about it being a book you had to read. When I saw the book being offered for free for a limited time on Kindle a little while back, I decided, "Why not?" I enjoy historical romances, usually.

This book, though, wasn't what I was hoping for. Aside from my criticisms of the ebook's formatting (which needed a lot of work), I was honestly bored while reading it. It was a struggle to keep plugging away, trying to find something that would keep me reading. The story is about a mother, Laura, whose child is kidnapped. Her ex-husband is a movie star celebrity, and her aunt runs a speakeasy and has ties to the mob. Lots of thrill possibilities there, right? Yet I was bored.

Also, I didn't believe that Laura was devastated upon losing her child. What mother would go on a date within a couple weeks of losing her child? Maybe it was longer than that, but that's what it felt like to me. It was as if, well, my child is gone, there isn't anything I can do, so let's go find some fun and true love. Really? I couldn't really feel sympathy for the woman.

I also didn't believe that it was really set in 1920s and '30s. There were some problems throughout the book with the setting, where it didn't read fully as if the characters were from that era. There were some references, but other spots in the book were more modern, and it distracted me.

To sum it up, in all honesty, I don't think this book had much depth to it. It was fluff to a point where it's not fun to read. I was disappointed, because there was so much that could have been done with the story line. I think the author has potential, but she needs to do her homework on a time period if she wants it to really be from that era.
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