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The Undiscovered Novelist by [Bridgeton, Sarah]
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  • Print Length: 132 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087G5YXW
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My first comment to anyone about to embark on this book is....."stick with it", the first few chapters seem to go by very slowly with very little to hook the reader into continuing, however by continuing, you do come across a very readable and charming story. The characters are well defined, the story eventually being told by two women, a mother and daughter, I found I enjoyed the Mother, Debra's story more than I did the main character, Jordyn. It is not until quite a way into the book, that you figure out where it is going, and once you realise what's coming, the book does seem to whizz by, almost too fast, coming to a rather quick and abrupt end.

There is almost the feeling that the author was so eager to get the last few chapters written and the obvious conclusion done, that the ending feels a little rushed, it doesn't matter that it becomes obvious where the story is going, the meandering way the rest of the story is told seems juxtapositioned with a rushed ending, and a huge trick is missed in not writing more about the two women's relationship and how this changes by the end of the book.

The author has been very clever in bringing in another book, The Undiscovered Novelist is, of course, about a first time author attempting to get her work published, and that work can then be bought and read as a separate novel, what a clever way to get readers hooked, wanting to know more; throughout The Undiscovered Novelist, you are given little breadcrumbs about the book at the centre of the story, and if these are enough to whet your appetite, you can then go ahead and buy the second book.
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars 18 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A good little story! 2 Jan. 2013
By Regina Niesen - Published on Amazon.com
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Goodreads Description- Twenty-seven-year-old Jordyn Simmons has almost everything she's ever wanted--a sexy live-in boyfriend, an adorable son, and a finished novel she plans to publish. The only two things missing from her life are a publisher for her book and a relationship with her estranged mother, Debra. As Jordyn pursues her novelist ambitions, her world collides with Debra's, and both women are forced to make decisions that will change their lives forever.

"The Undiscovered Novelist" is a wonderful, compassionate novel. The writing is well-developed and mature, easily moving between perspectives and locations. The pacing of the novel is leisurely and I could feel how the characters moved around in the book. The characters are complex and lovable. The plot's conflict is believable and, what's more, universal. We all have family disagreements that go on for years, each waiting for an apology from the other when really all we need to do is pick up the phone. Her novel is in this way very true-to-life: no one is entirely good or bad or right or wrong. Everyone is doing the best that they can each day with their desires and responsibilities. Bridgeton excels at describing the relationships between the characters. I definitely felt much more of an emotional connection to the mother, Debra, because most of the story is written from her point of view.

This was an interesting novel about mother and child relationships and how easy it is to be misunderstood. As a mother you spend so much time seeing them grow from this little baby who already has their own personality and who you have helped develop into a young person that you forget they have become independent of you and no longer need you in the same way. That is what happens to Debra she's done such a good job instilling independence she doesn't need to worry about her daughter. My only complaint is that I wished I had more of an emotional connection to Jordyn and that there were more written about the relationship between Debra and Jordyn at the end of the novel. Bridgeton has published the book that Jordyn had written in this book and it would be interesting to read that as an aside. Solid 3 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed review 14 Oct. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This was an interesting novel about mother and child relationships and how easy it is to be misunderstood. As a mother you spend so much time seeing them grow from this little baby who already has their own personality and who you have helped develop into a young person that you forget they have become independent of you and no longer need you in the same way.  That is what happens to Debra she's done such a good job instilling independence she doesn't need to worry about her daughter.  Describing the relationships between the characters is where Ms. Bridgeton excels. I felt much more of a connection to Debra then to Jordyn mostly because there was more description of feeling from Debra. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Bridgeton.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, if a little easy on drama... 30 Sept. 2012
By ReaderChick - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a pretty good story, albeit brief. Included is a writer's journey to find publishing, a rather lackluster falling away between mother and daughter, and a story of a modern non-marriage, complete with kid.

I guess I was left wanting more...more drama, more suspense, etc. Predictable, but not hateable.
The rollercoaster of having one's creation (a book) denied by experts will speak to anyone who has ever experienced rejection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Heartwarming Story of Determination and Forgiveness 27 Sept. 2012
By Eilish Hawes-Fraser - Published on Amazon.com
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Not what I expected. At first glance, I thought this was a non-fiction book about how to write a novel. I was pleasantly surprised to read a sweet story of a mother and daughter's relationship, and the daughter's trials of becoming a published novelist.

This novella opens with Jordyn Simmons arguing with her mother, Debra, over Jordyn's decision to move to Florida with her son's father, Tyler. Debra is concerned her daughter is sacrificing her independence to move with her non-Jewish boyfriend, with no plans of marriage.

Other than being on the outs with her mother, Jordyn is on top of the world. She is happily in love with a wonderful boyfriend, who is supportive of her aspirations to become a best-selling author. Together, they have a beautiful family with their son. She works as a paralegal, at Tyler's firm. Her sister, Naomi, who is a dentist, also lives in Florida.

Ms. Bridgeton takes us through both Jordyn and Dabra's lives from both ladies' points of view. She interweaves these two stories beautifully.

Jordyn finally completes her novel, then goes through the struggles of finding an agent or publisher to read her manuscript. The author leads us on a tour of the fascinating world of the publishing industry, including the dreaded 'slush pile', a wonderful testament to writers to never give up on their dreams.

I felt for Debra when she lost her job. She's falsely accused, and then they try to cut her off with a small severance package, nine days out from a five year award she's earned. She refuses to sign anything until after she speaks with her attorney. He comes through for her, and the company agrees to settle in her favor.

Debra struggles emotionally after working so many years as a single mother of two, to end up being fired. At her age, it is difficult to find another job. A publisher, who seems to have a bad attitude discovers her reading in a coffee shop. He strikes up a conversation with her. She agrees to work for him as an assistant to his prized editor, who is on maternity leave.

Debra proves to be an asset to the publishing house, convincing them to sponsor a writing contest, hoping to discover 'the next big talent'. She has no clue her daughter has entered her manuscript to the contest, as she hasn't spoken with her in over two years, until it comes across her desk. She is concerned how this may look to her boss, whom she's come to respect, as well as hoping it may help to restore her rocky relationship with her daughter.

My overall conclusion: The Undiscovered Novelist is a heartwarming story of determination to succeed and forgiveness. The characters are authentic, and make the reader care about their individual stories. I recommend this story to readers, as well as aspiring authors. I look forward to reading her novel
Next Year in Israel, which is the story Jordyn submits to the contest.
I give this story five stars.

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Disclaimer: I do not know this author, other than finding her ebook on Amazon, then after reading, I followed the link in the ebook to her website. I have not been paid to write this review, nor have I received anything from the author in return for writing an honest and unbiased review. This review is my personal opinion as a reader.
Eilish Frazier
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice story about following your Dreams 15 April 2014
By KATZMAM - Published on Amazon.com
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A new twist on the "follow you dream" theme. Good quick read with "real Characters" Liked the dynamic between sisters and Mother, much like life for many!
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