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Could've been so much better..,
This review is from: Songs of Blue and Gold (Paperback)This book has all the ingredients to be a very good book. What it lacks is the thread that would bind them all together. It's as if the author had the best ingredients to make a great cake but forgot to add water so even though they are all there the cake is tasteless and boring.
First of all there are too many voices in the story. First the voice of Melissa, then the voice of Elizabeth, then the author's voice and some other voices of authors that write about the fictional character Julian Adie etc.
The transition between these voices is not a smooth one. As soon as you form a bond with a character's voice and story it ends and a new voice and story takes its place. This is very confusing for the reader and after a while it becomes tiresome and boring. Plus it prohibits any real attachment to any of the characters.
The author attempts to put in questions that would make a reader want to read on to find out what happens next but fails miserably. The story is predictable and you know what's going to happen every minute you are reading it.
When you read the acknowledgements at the start of the book you get a glimpse as to why this story never quite takes off. It's because the author found about an author she admires and wanted to write a fictional story (not a biography) about him being faithful to lots of things from his life. In her pursuit of that she lost track of the story and what is important when writing a good book.