Cape Ingénue

Rated 3.33/5 based on 10 reviews
Cape Ingénue is the story of a small town girl thrown into surprisingly dangerous circumstances after discovering the body of a classmate at a local swimming hole. Could the death be more than an accident? With suspicions brewing, the girl forms an unlikely partnership with a well known local delinquent - only to discover things aren't exactly as they seem in the quiet little community. More

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About E. Bard

About three years ago I began working on a few stories that I could customize for my children, their friends and a couple of relatives. I had it in mind that I could occasionally produce these customized paperbacks as a small, experimental business. It never fully took shape, but my children and the friends and parents who read the novels enjoyed them. They encouraged me. The books here are the original self published editions so I've priced them for a quick cheap read.

Please feel free to leave your honest review. I would really like to know what you thought of the books. They're just meant to be enjoyed - they're not literature. So a great big thank you to all you readers out there who took the time to download them. And please remember... Your reviews will help me decide whether or not to turn these novels into series.

Check out my website if you want info on the customized paperback versions. (Yes customizing these novels is still an option. It's just not a full throttle gig. Examples are shown on the website and blog).

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Review by: CassiaMai on June 10, 2012 :
I really enjoyed the story,though I had an customized version. I could really get into the story and enjoyed the writing for the most part. There were some places were it got confusing, but over all this story is an exciting and fun read! I recommended it!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Melanie Bopp on May 02, 2012 :
I really liked the story, and Sandrine was a very relatable main character - she sounded, to me, very much like your typical teenager.

I would love to read more from this author, though I did have to take off stars for:
- digressions - background information is good. but if it doesn't add to the story, it is simply confusing. there were several times where i had to go back and re-read sections to remember what was going on in the first place.
-description - the author has some lovely passages, almost poetic, but at times seemed to get lost in them. The first time I stumbled across that was the finding of the body, and, as it is mostly inside Sandrine's head, figured it made sense with the shock of finding a body, but it sadly didn't stop there.

I think that an experienced copy editor would make this a 5-star book, no problems.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: RA Acibar on May 01, 2012 :
Well, the story was good, very good in fact. It started when Sandrin and friends decided to spend some time at the waterfall. But their good fun turned into tragedy when they found the dead body of their friend, Kevin, floating in the water. It seemed that he was dead since the day before, like he has fallen of the cliff to his death. But evidence found lead to murder instead of accident. Since then, Sandrin was drawn in a whirlwind of mysteries involving multiple break-ins in the neighborhood and the sudden public arrest of Colt at school. Colt was Sandrin schoolmate and neighbor. He has a reputation of being a bad boy, and has been arrested multiple times. Sandrin and Colt began to have an awkward friendship that lead to equal partnership during the most critical part of the story. In the end, they were able to survive the many difficulties that was lain before them and find love.

I find the story very interesting although I did find some flaws in the writing. There were few spelling and grammatical errors that caught my eye. The author also used a lot of the article “the”, as in “the girl” “the boy” and “the young people”. I got a bit confused which girl or boy she was referring to and i had to go back to a few paragraphs to fully understand the thought. Maybe Ms. Bard could have used a bit more pronoun and proper nouns.

I did like the overall story, but there were so many unanswered questions at the end that it left me hanging. I love the mystery and drama, but I like best the witty dialogue between the characters. Sandrin’s and Colt’s banters were very typical teenager talk and easy to relate with. I enjoyed the descriptive narration, and found it easy to imagine each location in the setting. All in all, I had fun reading the story, Ms. Bard certainly did a great job.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: RA Acibar on May 01, 2012 : (no rating)
Well, the story was good, very good in fact. It started when Sandrin and friends decided to spend some time at the waterfall. But their good fun turned into tragedy when they found the dead body of their friend, Kevin, floating in the water. It seemed that he was dead since the day before, like he has fallen of the cliff to his death. But evidence found lead to murder instead of accident. Since then, Sandrin was drawn in a whirlwind of mysteries involving multiple break-ins in the neighborhood and the sudden public arrest of Colt at school. Colt was Sandrin schoolmate and neighbor. He has a reputation of being a bad boy, and has been arrested multiple times. Sandrin and Colt began to have an awkward friendship that lead to equal partnership during the most critical part of the story. In the end, they were able to survive the many difficulties that was lain before them and find love.

I find the story very interesting although I did find some flaws in the writing. There were few spelling and grammatical errors that caught my eye. The author also used a lot of the article “the”, as in “the girl” “the boy” and “the young people”. I got a bit confused which girl or boy she was referring to and i had to go back to a few paragraphs to fully understand the thought. Maybe Ms. Bard could have used a bit more pronoun and proper nouns.

I did like the overall story, but there were so many unanswered questions at the end that it left me hanging. I love the mystery and drama, but I like best the witty dialogue between the characters. Sandrin’s and Colt’s banters were very typical teenager talk and easy to relate with. I enjoyed the descriptive narration, and found it easy to imagine each location in the setting. All in all, I had fun reading the story, Ms. Bard certainly did a great job.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sara Viti on April 29, 2012 : (no rating)
Cape Ingenue was a really interesting, original and intriguing book. It is set in Schill Harbour, Nova Scotia, a small town where Sandrin lives with her friends. She has a really normal live: she goes out with her friends, she works in a pizzeria to pay school fees and other stuff, and she loves to write novels. Until, all of a sudden, her life takes a turn with the discovery of the death of the guy she liked. From that moment, she is dragged into a new adventure with Colt, a mysterious boy, from which it is better to stay away:around him and his family, Sandrin will find out a long history full of legends and treasures, that will involve her directly!


I really liked the book and the way the author described the characters and their behaviour. What I've found really amazing was how E.Bard had been able to relate an ancient legend to the everyday life of a young boy. I really appreciated the originality of the plot and the fullness of action and tension during the story. Chapter by chapter you really can't put the book down because the story is so intriguing and particular, in a positive meaning, that you need to follow the course of the events.

Speaking of the characters, I loved the simplicity of Sandrin, who was not the common heroic protagonist. I also liked Colt, a lot! He was really charming, in an unconscious way, and at the end, when you fully know about his life and his past, you can't do anything but appreciate him even more.

The only thing that disappointed me a little, but it was just a little detail, is how easily Sandrin's friends faced Kevin's death, except for Emory, who was one of his best friends.


Anyway, Cape Ingenue is a really must read if you like mysterious books with a touch of originality and a great legend that will leave you amazed.


Thank you for the author for offering me a copy of the novel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: lena2 on April 25, 2012 : (no rating)
I really enjoyed reading this book. The story is captivating, the main characters well developed and really enjoyable. The book never gets boring, keeps your attention stuck to it all times and is overall a book to recommend to everyone who likes an great story by an author who will hopefully publish plenty of books in the near future. I truly liked the way E. Bard writes and will surely follow this author and the upcoming books from nearby! A book worth buying, keeping and re-reading multiple times.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Martha Campos on April 18, 2012 :
To be very honest I felt the story lagged. Some books are too quick, but this was the opposite. I read about 5-8 pages where the author did almost nothing at all. I literally had to force myself to keep on reading. I saw the direction this plot was going to take from the other side of the world.

I was very excited when I first started 'Cape Ingenue' because right away there was intrigue but as I read on it seemed the author sort of ran out of steam and just splashed on a few more chapters and called it quits.

There are a few errors here and there and Sandbox (hehe I couldn't help myself, it's so catchy) and Colt were very shallow characters in my opinion.

I guess, overall, I felt I ad read this book before. I felt two birds out of five is a good rating for 'Cape Ingenue'.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Martha Campos on April 18, 2012 :
To be very honest I felt the story lagged. Some books are too quick, but this was the opposite. I read about 5-8 pages where the author did almost nothing at all. I literally had to force myself to keep on reading. I saw the direction this plot was going to take from the other side of the world.

I was very excited when I first started 'Cape Ingenue' because right away there was intrigue but as I read on it seemed the author sort of ran out of steam and just splashed on a few more chapters and called it quits.

There are a few errors here and there and Sandbox (hehe I couldn't help myself, it's so catchy) and Colt were very shallow characters in my opinion.

I guess, overall, I felt I ad read this book before. I felt two birds out of five is a good rating for 'Cape Ingenue'.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: ELSA CARRION on April 11, 2012 :
Too think that the author put this together in a month has me amazed at his creativity! Thank you E. Bard for the opportunity you gave me in reading your story. I really enjoyed it and I was immediately swept up in this wonderful tale. I will be looking forward for more novels from E. Bard. I fell for bad boy Colt, and liked Sandrin immediately, good job on both characters. I really don’t tinker in crime/mystery novels but this story made me look at this genre again. I only wish that more info on some of the event that occurred in the story were diverged at the end a sort of enlightenment to Kevin situation and the crazy uncles as well as the contents of the box.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Adrienne Smith on Oct. 30, 2011 : (no rating)
This book was great! Though, I was super sad that we did not get to learn anything about the kid that was found dead. I kind of felt as though that part was not resolved. (maybe it was, and I don't remember).

It was a dandy book, but nothing really to rave about. It was very intriguing, and it made me want to finish it. Somethings were kind of sketchy throughout the book, but not sketchy enough for me to actually put it down.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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