This is by far one of the best books that I have ever read about the war in Vietnam!!! I was only 7 years old when these young men wHEROES FOREVER!!!!
This is by far one of the best books that I have ever read about the war in Vietnam!!! I was only 7 years old when these young men went to a far away place that most know one had ever heard of. What these "heroes" went through and endured will never be known by the vast majority. I can remember seeing the news in the evening, as a child and seeing what the media reported. What a sobering glimpse of what happened there.... What a travesty that they were treated so badly when they came home. Awesome book!!!...more
I loved the first book, Consolation, and couldn't wait to get my hands on this one, and although I DID enjoy it and I DO recommend it, several factorsI loved the first book, Consolation, and couldn't wait to get my hands on this one, and although I DID enjoy it and I DO recommend it, several factors kept taking me out of the storyline, most of them having to do with the dialogue. One was repetitiveness--the h or H would have a personal epiphany and declare something, and then in the next paragraph or the next chapter, they'd make the same or a very similar declaration again, not like they were reiterating or solidifying their feelings/declaration but like it was the first time it ever occurred to them or they thought to say it. Second, after making certain declarations, sometimes the h or H would say or do something that completely conflicted with it, and not just in a way that made the character look indecisive or wishy washy but like they forgot they ever made the declaration in the first place. And third, at times, one character would say something, and the response from another character wouldn't match up with thet way they should respond to what was said, kind of like apples to oranges. Additionally, at the risk of sounding cliche, certain things felt rushed. The storyline was nicely fleshed out, but every once in a while, one aspect of it here or there wouldn't receive the same attention to detail, almost like it was an afterthought.
As an editor myself, I know that during the many, many rewrites of a book, dialogue can go through multiple changes, and sometimes you just get to the point where you decide, that's it--no more changes, and then in the rush of doing final edits that last week before a book is released, things like this can get overlooked. And as I was reading, 90% of the time, I felt like that's what happened with the dialogue here, same goes for the rushed elements. Many readers probably won't even notice it or care, but these things really stuck out to *me* and ultimately interfered with my overall enjoyment of the book.
On the positive side, I did enjoy the characters and the storyline itself, and I loved the romantic aspects. I also thought it was angsty and sexy (although not quite as much so as the first book) with a few surprises thrown in. I think Ms. Michaels is a talented writer, and I plan to read her other books. And let's face it, if you've read Consolation, there's no way you can pass this one up!...more