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The first story Louise Armstrong ever finished and sent off won the 1993 Crystal Heart Award from the Guild of Romance Writers, and she's been writing sweet romantic comedies ever since. 'I like to look on the light side of life,' she says. 'All my stories feature fun and adventure, and of course, they all have a happy ending.'
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on Aug. 27, 2011 :
Nikki is sent to shut down a baby carriage company but when she gets there she finds the people willing to fight for the company they love and gives them a chance to prove they can pull get the company back up to what it once was. Meanwhile, she finds herself putting a wall up between herself and the company owner, Alex. Will Alex succeed in breaking down the wall and will Nikki succeed in saving the company and her job?
I found this to be a "sweet" read. The writing is pretty good. The only reason I could tell this was a self-published book was because of the number of typos, grammatical and punctuation errors. The characters were extreme though. Nikki was incredibly um... pre-menstrual throughout the book. She was yelling at people and then she was crying then she was happy and content and then she was yelling again. Then, there was Alex, who was perfect. I mean, if you could dream up a guy then you'd have Alex. He seemed to have no flaws and while Nikki was drowning in her own. Overall, the writing was well done and if the author had someone read over it before publishing it then I'm sure it would have been better. If you enjoy a good, clean romance then this would be your book.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
on Aug. 08, 2011 :
I read this book in one session and found the story quite 'racy.' It flowed throughout.However I felt the writer gave too much away too soon. I knew from the first couple of pages what the romantic outcome of the hero and heroine would be. Also Nicki was portrayed as a tyrant and a bad tempered chartered accountant. As an accountant myself and knowing the pressures of the profession, I could not relate to Nicki's 'bad attitude' to most people who she came in contact with. Accountant's do have a hard job to do but I have never yet met one who has such a 'hard' exterior.(just an observation)......All in all though I enjoyed the read and it was as most 'romantic stories' a complete switch off to the mundane......on a final note to the author and as a fellow author (my other hat!) I know how difficult it is to ensure grammar, punctuation, spelling are correct,but I'm afraid I found quite a few mistakes in the document...perhaps it would be wise to have someone look over your story for errors before up-loading as an e-book, as errors can be hard to spot when it's your own work. Sorry if I sound 'picky' but I think we should help each other by being constructive with our criticism.
Good luck with all your future work Louise..... Kind regards
Jenna Hines (author.... published but not yet on 'smashwords')
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)