Was a good short story but it doesn't have the makings of a good short story...rather, it has the makings of an amazing long story. Its leaves you feeling like you smelt all the food baking and roasting etc and then only to realise that's all you are getting. Honestly I'm now craving the full meal. Its a good read but way too shorto the author I say "very good storyline...kudos"
on Feb. 18, 2011
nicely written short story.
A nice storyline. However, the writing was not smooth especially in earlier chapters. There was a roughness to how things flowed, particularly in moving from visual/scenery description to the conversations of the character, and vice versa. Also characters often would say "I do not" or "I can not" as opposed to "I can't" or "I don't"; in casual conversations especially amongst young people, this is not typical". It reminded me of the first draft rather than the finally product.
The storyline and development of plot is great. Many bad things happened to our main character Jamie and to some people the likelihood may seem far fetched -especially with her being the obsession of so many men- but believe me quite a few people experience this and worse.
I believe this book is 5 star worthy if it gets a bit of editing just to smooth out some rough edges. There is no need to stage storyline just the flow between descriptive elements in first few chapters.
Positive: short; sensible, developed storyline
Negative: it's not Bridget Jones like- if it were just that maybe it would be ok, it's TOO Bridget-Jones like. I'm actually there wondering if I'll read exact lines from the movie.
The writing style gives me impression style was greatly inspired by the diction of the Bridget Jones' script. Styles are meant to be copied but only when you can own it and turn it into your own. Like when Whitney Houston sang a cover of 'I'll always love you" - she made it her very own.
Ruth-Ann Nordin has done it again she has written an excellent book. The comedy of this book is so unexpected yet not out of place- it's quite refreshing.
I like that while it is a counterpart for A Bride for Tom, it is its own story, not overly dependent on its predecessor.
Positives: cute story, great balance- no overdevelopment of plot
Negatives: switch to 1st person narrative in chapter 3 from 3rd person - this does not work for this story at all and moreso, was unnecessary
I'm being generous with 3 stars despite the aforementioned negative because this story embodies what a story should be. It wasn't a story that should be long trying to be short.
This story is pretty heavy so if you are looking for a light and all fluff read, this isn't it. The story has it fair share of romance that will have smiling along with some heartbreaking tragedies. Many serious issues such as suicide attempts, depression and coping with a terminal illness play an integral part of the plot. This story gets pretty real and as such quite relate-able for some people.
Kudos to author for ability to make very real the emotions of the characters.
My issue with this story was author sometimes mixing names up like Court- she lists him Court Parker and at another place as Court Ashton. Also is Brady and Parker one person? Or two separate people?
I love it!
Excellently written, no over use of visual or emotional description, a very good pace with very impressive suspense.
The side story with Peter Branson was a beautiful surprise...very touching and unexpected and worked in perfectly.
The writing style of the book is exceptional. The author writes so well that it makes the character Edwina such a real person - while this is quite remarkable, it evokes such emotions of annoyance, irritation and disgust from the reader towards Edwina. You are reading and screaming you are so educated yet so totally dim-witted. It was rather irritating but it is good for authors to give us real characters who we see their very flaws so up close- it drags us away from the perfect fairy tale heroine expectation.
I absolutely loved the character of Spencer and I was more team Spencer than for anyone else. He was bolder than anyone else who had interest in Winnie and like real life you are left wondering why this one and not that one.
An easy read. I found it easy to follow. A nice short tale that didn't end with unrequainted love.
on Feb. 04, 2012
This is not a romance.
The name is literal. So if you have a problem with cousins hot for each other...definitely not your cup of tea.
My rating - 0 out of 5 stars
A delightful read. As a truly good book does, it left me with a smile and desiring more. It was not overly drawn out but the scenes perfectly timed to keep your constant attention. It is a lovely short story.
For those looking for non-smut romance stories, look no further.
Very funny- has you laughing from the get go.
Jaylenne refuses to marry Prince Leonardo von Absolute. She even refers to him as “Prince Leonardo Von Absolute is an absolute jackass. He is a pompous poopie-head who only cares about himself.”
This story has definitely succeeded at its attempt at comedy.
It is definitely not how your traditional fairytale is told but that does not take away from your enjoying it.
This book is defintely worth the read. The main characters are well developed; you smile for them, you sympathize. That is no small achievement.
The undesired marriage of covenience with the initial agreement, whether spoken or silent, is very overplayed in the romance genre -tip for future writer if you going the marriage of convenience path how about where they agree to the marriage bed from the get go for a change- anyways, though this is trodding that overplayed path there a wonderful spin that makes that path a totally different experience - the fact that the baby factor is done in a race aagainst each other manner rather than the typical race against time with a set deadline.
The overall story is great, however after the big family dinner at the Reed mansion and the revelation made there the writing feels rushed.
There is an error early on where the author refers to Race as Jared.
Have you ever had a conversation with someone and they are so excited about something they are rambling on and a bit incoherently at that? The Meeting is like that. The writing is all over the place - carries you to the middle of a point and then suddenly, and in an untimely manner, abandons that point to jump to a new one. The author has much to say but is doing it all too quickly and not at all fluidly.
This can be a good book if the authors opts to revise it and give it the appropriate attention needed.
When I saw that it was about statues I ignored it for the last two years. But I finally gave in and read and it is the best modern fictional writing style I have seen in a long time - you become so consumed with the characters- not just one narrating. There were points when I wanted her to be with Jay then points when I thought maybe Jonas and points when I wanted her with neither. The book actually had be so emotionally conflicted and interested in these characters. I'm looking forward to the overdue Holland Furst. I want to know about every other character in the book and their own stories.