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THE TITLE SAYS IT ALL.....
on January 22, 2016
My rating would be 4.5 stars, the little extra is for the 'debut' novel lift.
It’s 10 days on a beautiful Florida island setting. I live in Hawaii, therefore I can’t play the card of wanting to have a beach read during the cold months. I read several Second World War novels, I simply needed to read some warm read over the holidays. Linda Abbott delivered, I was fully entertained. Her passion for the setting and love for the characters is so evident, you truly feel like you took that vacation with them.
I love complicated books with many characters and storylines. It was very brave for Linda Abbott to even attempt to cover it all in ten day span. It was masterfully done and I never felt lost. On the contrary, you get to know the main characters in depth. I felt emotional connection to each and every one of them.
This is NOT your typical beach ‘light’ novella. It’s about all the complicated and complex subjects in life; parenthood, family dynamics, relationships, aging, but mostly connections. It’s so real because it happens to all of us. We have all experienced neglect, disconnect that leads to disfunction. The grass is not greener on the other side, it’s greener where you take care of it. And the relationships that we don’t feed, will eventually die of anorexia/starvation. Linda exquisitely conveyed the virtue of human soul longing for love and intimacy, wrestling with the moral code. We all want to be loved, heard and validated.
This is a very relatable read on many levels, with ‘real’ characters with flaws, conquering real life issues. LOVE is proven from many different angles, not only as a romance, but simply as human beings struggling with forgiveness, and reconciliation.
I didn’t mind the religious undertone, it was nicely entwined with character’s moral compass and believes. The church storyline was a great example of power of a community.
Linda Abbott has a colorful vocabulary, I loved learning new words. This book is well written, and I’m hoping there is a sequel coming up.
Here are some of my favorite 'GEMS'....:-)
"FROM MISDEMEANOR FLIRTATION TO FELONY ADULTERY...."
"VENOMOUS POLITICAL BIPOLARISM...."
"LIKE A FIZZ GOING OUT OF A GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE..."
"IT DEGENERATED INTO LIBIDINOUS ESCAPADE...."
"BIZARRELY INTIMATE AND PRIMORDIAL WAY...."