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A former newspaper reporter and nomad, Traci L. Bonney is a Mississippi girl who has survived hurricanes, cancer, and ongoing singlehood. Always looking for ways to be creative, she lets her imagination loose on her laptop keyboard, jewelry supplies and homemade hula hoops as often as possible, when she isn't taking pictures or helping friends with website updates and editing projects.
Nona Mae King
on Sep. 21, 2012 :
All the while I read Chantal’s Call, I commiserated with Chantal about her tentative relationship with not only her sister, but with Deputy Marc Thibodaux. My younger sister and I, though close, have had a rocky relationship because we are such different people. Also, in love, bad relationships created in me a fear and hesitancy to do much more than wish for love rather than chase after that particular future. These shared challenges kept me reading, wondering if Chantal and Brigitte and Marc would find their way to the rosy future we all hope for.
Descriptions of the Atherton family seat, as it were, and the strong sense of community (sometimes a negative in regards to privacy!) came across strong and clear. Weave in with that the tales my husband shared of his own youth in Long Beach, Mississippi, and I wonder if I will recognize anything when he finally takes me there one of these years. Traci writes the setting with a definite fondness, and she made me wish for pictures to fully relish the locale.
The only hiccup while reading was a bit too much focus on character actions, such as body language, opening soda cans and such, which bogged the story’s flow. Another challenge were the long scenes that didn’t seem related to the plot or the conflict at hand. But the characters and their interactions were delightful and kept me turning pages… although I was a bit miffed that a certain person didn’t get a fist to the jaw.
I look forward to book 2, Brigitte’s Battle.
Overall rating: 3.5 out of 5. Cut out some of the excess detail and this would easily rate a 4. Might I suggest Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King.
Would I read it again: More than likely
Would I recommend it to others: Yes.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)