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A Grand Day To Get Lost Paperback – 13 Mar 2013
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About the Author
Kris Radish is a former journalist and the bestselling author of nine novels and two non-fiction books. She lives near St. Petersburg, Florida where she also co-owns a wine lounge, The Wine Madonna, and hosts book groups from across the country when she’s not working on her next novel, and the one after that.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
Her eloquent descriptions of people, places and the emotions we all share will have you savoring every page ~ every word!
Buy this book! You will be moved to laughter, tears and laughter again and again.
Having lived 30 miles from the MKR estate for more than 30 years, visiting it almost annually and having read every MKR book over and over...I was so excited about this one and so utterly disappointed.
The author did very little research on our area or she would have been more accurate in depictions of it. i.e. Cross Creek is on the Alachua/Marion County line. In both counties there is a sheriff who oversees hundreds of employees and those 2 sheriff's offices are located nowhere near Cross Creek or the little hamlets that surround it...but instead are located in the cities of Ocala and Gainesville ...which are thriving cities...not the little podunk burbs she describes them as! Insulting to read!
None of the little towns described in the area have police depts so investigations would be done by deputies and detectives which number in the hundreds in both counties. Interesting that a book supposed to be about literary archeology and research would be written by someone who did none of that in writing this! If you plan to use actual places in your historical fiction...then at least accurately portray them.
I have been a journalist living and working in both Gainesville and Ocala since the mid 1980s. At the time of Silvers rape, Ocala had 2 large hospitals with very large and competent state attorneys office, rape victim policies and task forces etc. In the area this book takes place...patients would go to Gainesville hospitals which are much closer than Ocala and...include Shands Teaching Hospital at the Univ. Of Florida...one of the best and biggest teaching hospitals in the entire country!
On top of this, the inconsistencies in the story made me wonder if the author ever read her own pages? At one point she changes a characters name 2x in 21 pages! You can't remember the name of a character you created? She starts out as Betsy, becomes Betty and then goes back to Betsy...and how did that get past editors? Emily's car goes from being a sedan...then its a tiny little car and several times described as a truck...how many people wrote this book?
Reading the postive reviews I wonder if these folks have ever read MKR works or good literature to think highly of this...perhaps if all you read are Harlequin Romance!!
Have never heard of this author...bought this book because of the theme of MKR...don't need to read any of her other works as this might very well be one of the worst novels I have ever read. I bought the actual book...not kindle. It appears to be self published and for good reason because cannot imagine any editing staff passing a nod on content, style, grammar, continuity, location and historical accuracy etc.
Very disappointed that Amazon would sell a book so poorly done... and feel the description of it should have indicated it was self published.
I started with Annie Freeman's Traveling Funeral, and now I have finished reading A Grand Day to Get Lost.
I wished all the way through the book that I could be in Florida with the main characters. I enjoyed the unfolding of the secrets, both past and present. I related to Emma as she rediscovered her adventuresome self.
I do think the book went on a little too long, and got a tad bored with some of the homilies about life and love, etc. But this did not detract from my overall pleasure in meeting the folks near Cross Creek, FL. ANd I definitely have to reread The Yearling and read Cross Creek!