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What Matters Most by Luanne Rice
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Dec 13, 2010

did not like it
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Read from January 05 to 31, 2011

I received a signed copy of What Matters Most by Luanne Rice for free through Goodreads First Reads.

If you believe in true love, irrational passion, and miracles, you will enjoy this novel. What Matters Most by Luanne Rice is quite the romance. Rice explores spirituality, the depth of human emotion, the power of relationships, and the impact of personal conflict though an ensemble cast of interconnected characters. The novel’s unique and captivating plot has the potential to keep the reader riveted. Unfortunately, it falls short.

There is a fine line between drama and melodrama, gasps and groans. Rice steps over that line several times, particularly near the end of the novel. As a result, the innovative plot slips into the realm of implausible, and the moments intended as tragic and meaningful seem contrived. Although some of the twists and turns are intriguing, many of the subplots and minor characters are superfluous and detract from the main story. Furthermore, a reader does not need to be spoon-fed every bit of information. Some things can be left open to interpretation. An audience should be allowed to make its own connections and draw its own conclusions.

With more efficient editing, fewer minor characters, and a smaller quantity of inconsequential actions and events, What Matters Most could be a powerful novella.

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