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There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones
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This reviewer is: an avid reader in multiple genres with wide interests who is able to find something to - at very least - appreciate in most books (I say this just so other readers have context for this review)

Like many other readers of this book I
-am a Christian who does not normally read "Christian" marketed fiction
-bought this book in response to the movie trailer
-feel the Mrs. Sweeney sub-plot is very moving
-find the romance tepid, with little demonstrable chemistry between the principals
-think the heroine is not very relatable
-believe unsatisfactory "telling" rather than more enriched "showing" makes up too much of the

I am a Christian, but I'm also a fallible human living in the real messy world. Give me stories that don't sugar-gloss things, but by the same token, aren't soul-crushingly bleak, either. This leaves me as a reader with a very narrow margin of novels to be devoured and adored.

This, sadly, falls more into the tepid/timid area. The author labors mightily, but the addition of a stereotypical high school Queen Bully only adds a cartoonish spin to the lukewarm proceedings and instead of adding a plausible complexity only serves to further dilute an already thinning narrative.

The "telling" occurs most in the propensity of the supporting characters to cajole the audience into adoring the protagonist. Frankly, Finley just was not that likeable, or relatable. First person p.o.v. is supposed to let us in to the character's private thoughts but in this case, it held me back from liking her because she is just so ... negative and judgemental. In real life, that habit - other people feel that and are repelled. Why do all those surrounding Finley seem to be oblivious to her lackluster personality?

I agree with another reviewer who questions the decision to make Finley an American hotel heiress. This backstory unwittingly sets up a divider between reader and protagonist, inhibiting the reader's ability to lose themselves in the story. Most of us aren't the heirs to a hotel mogul, after all.

Anyway. I am not saying much different than the other 2-star reviewers, except in this: I feel most of the problems could have been solved by changing the p.o.v., and in editing out the "heiress" stuff.


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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
May, 2021 – Started Reading (Kindle Edition)
May 28, 2021 – Shelved (Kindle Edition)
May 28, 2021 – Finished Reading (Kindle Edition)
May 29, 2021 – Shelved

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