- Paperback: 108 pages
- Publisher: Seeker Publishing (1 Aug. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0578142562
- ISBN-13: 978-0578142562
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.7 x 22.9 cm
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Where There Is Love Paperback – 1 Aug 2014
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In “Where There Is Love,” Linda Becker takes her readers into the lives of three different women who each desire the simple pleasure of finding someone they can love for the rest of their lives. I believe Ms. Becker in making each of her female characters; Hannah, Helen and Julie real, made it possible to totally relate to at least one of them.
Just as in our lives, each character travels down a different path with real life-changing decisions having to be made along the way, including that of a heart-breaking decision to reject a marriage proposal where the mind won over the heart.
While some reviewers need to write about editing issues, I tend to read a book for the story it tells and how it is being told, which is what the vast majority of readers do. Instead of jumping from one story to another and back again, I’d like to have seen each of the different storylines made into three separate short stories, each with their own title; making for a better reading experience.
With all things considered, I’m giving this book 4 STARS.
I love how Helen and David came together, and the author’s ability to tell their backstory without boring me to death is a tribute. Nicely done.
Throughout the story, the author paints vivid pictures that opened up the world and the characters that live in it. One of my favorite lines:
“…they just teased each other by barely making eye contact, savoring the softness of their lips’ slightest touch and taking in each other’s breath.” Sweet!
The end of chapter one is a hard-hitter. Having gotten to know the characters so well, the chapter ending pulled at my heart-strings.
As stated above, the characters are well-developed. I watched Helen grow into womanhood, and after a while, felt like I knew her personally.
For all the potential this story has, one thing holds it back:
Below, I list just some of the issues I found with the editing (or the lack of it):
“…they were virtually inseparable both physically and emotionally.”
“…she watched him sipping his coffee moving his eyes…”
“His long brown wavy hair…”
“…and stood in front of her writing on her pad of tickets.”
“She studied each part of him trying to discern…”
“In the summer of their 11th year…”
Additionally, the book was plagued with an overuse of “be” verbs and punctuation outside quotation marks.
WHERE THERE IS LOVE: WRAP-UP
I wanted to like this story, and I did, but without professional editing, a book will fail. Linda, please get your manuscript cleaned up, and this book can reach its potential shine.