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on July 23, 2013 :
A good conductor knows how to work the tools available to him or her. By allowing some things to be emphasized and others to be suppressed, he can make his audience feel a certain way. Then, can turn things around by changing the mix, and leading the audience to feel something totally different. By the time the concert is over, audience members have been through a rainbow of emotions.
Derinda Love crafts words in the way a conductor works with tones. “Today Only” is a love story about a woman dealing with cancer who finds her dream man has entered her life. Told from the alternating perspectives of the woman – Rye – and the man – Jett – with 3rd-person insights from Rye's mother and daughter interspersed, “Today Only” is an emotional symphony.
Ms. Love made me smile (she never quite succeeded in “laughing”, but I don't think she was really aiming for it). Ms. Love made me frown. Ms. Love made me gasp in surprise. Ms. Love made me – yes, I will admit it – cry.
If this is what she can do with a 98 page (in pdf format) novella, I would like to see what she can do with something longer – intermixing additional characters and subplots and such. What do you think, Derinda? Are you up for it?
Rating: 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5 since most rating systems don't allow fractions of stars.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)