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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan... not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. "Best. Year. Ever!!" She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November, 2011. Since then she has produced five more books and is loving every step of her writing journey.
"I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love."
on July 14, 2014 :
I found Melissa Pearl through her novel True Colors and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So when I saw this come up, I thought I'd give it a go. I'm pleased to say that Melissa Pearl has written yet another book(s) that will draw you into the story and keep you turning the pages until you reach the end.
The story itself is incredibly well written, with characters to empathise with and a plot line that runs smoothly throughout.
I kept asking myself where I'd heard the names of Dale and Nicole before but it was only reading Beyond that it fell into place and then I read the page that said they would feature in the up and coming book True Colors. So I've gone full circle.
Melissa Pearl is a wonderful author with a style that is smooth and consistent. There are no disjointed angles in her writing.
If I had to say one negative, it would be that the 'message' was a bit strong in places and actually detracted from the story for me the stronger it became. However, most of these parts were written from Dale's perspective and he is the Minister's son so I guess it had to be.
(reviewed long after purchase)