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message 1: by Karen (new)

Karen Well, darn it! I was hoping for a recommendation here as I have really enjoyed her other books especially The Secret Life of Violet Grant. Thanks for reviewing, though. You do it so well!

message 2: by Dottie (new)

Dottie Legatos I agree with Karen. I was looking forward to this one. It'll stay on my TBR nonetheless.

message 3: by Connie (new)

Connie Whoops. Don't let me stop you guys

message 4: by Caryn (new)

Caryn I have not read any of her previous books and when I finished this one I was perplexed as to what all of the buzz was about. Now, reading reviews I see I needed to have read some previous books to "get" who some of the pop up characters are. Also, this was marketed as a stand alone and it clearly isn't, or at least I hope not. This was NOT an ending!

message 5: by Lynette (new)

Lynette Burnett I love your quilt analogy! I also felt that there were too many storylines and she lost some of them in the weaving of the story. Once I found out it was the start of a series it kind if explained that, but I completely agree that you can't just rush things and put characters in places with no explanation. Good review.

message 6: by Susan (new)

Susan Crowe This is actually a sequel of a past book. Maybe that's why it got so confusing for everyone?

message 7: by Susan (new)

Susan Crowe Or maybe the other way around. Heck i don't know. i just know another one goes with it somewhere.

message 8: by Connie (new)

Connie I think it's meant to be the start of a series. But I also believe it's still being marked as a stand alone. Regardless it's not that I was confused by extra people. It was just that the storyline leapfrogged everywhere. Kind of like seeing a start of a race and the worst athletes are shown at the end as the winners. With no race details to show how they ended up in first place. You just had characters set up for a new book when honestly there wasn't any explanation how they got to that point. It really was (IMHO) bad writing. As anyone who reads my reviews know I am always careful to say a book just wasn't for me if I didn't like it but might be wonderful for others. Not in this case. It just appeared to be lazy shortcuts taken by whomever was responsible for the final product (author or publisher or editor). Either they wanted a series so threw in a positioning of characters. Or they wanted a shorter book so they chopped out major details. Or they just didn't care enough to tell us the details vital for a believable story.

It's really put me off giving the author another try. I can forgive a lot when it comes to books. But feeling taken advantage of (just to get me to read another unpublished books) just isn't one of them.

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