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3.0 out of 5 stars A Missed Opportunity, 28 May 2013
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This review is from: Amity & Sorrow (Kindle Edition)
I thought the premise of this book was brilliant, and it started out fairly well, but ultimately it was a disappointment, both in the weak ending and missed opportunity to explore the issues faced by Amaranth and her daughters. Basically, the author hit on an excellent idea for the beginning of a story but didn't know where to take it.

I think some of the problems might have been solved by writing the story in first person, from various people's perspectives; but the plot was virtually non-existent so the characters would have had to have been deep enough to make up for this. Unfortunately, they weren't.

While the author touched upon some interesting issues through her characters, I felt they weren't explored in enough depth to satisfy. Amity was the only one I felt any real empathy toward, and probably only because she was so young. This is a shame because Amity & Sorrow might have been a fascinating psychological investigation into the religious experience, and a very powerful novel.

The prose was good in places but bad in others, with lots of annoying Americanisms. When paying so much for a digital book you wonder if it might not be too much effort to replace with grammatically correct English speech patterns?

Definitely not worth the asking price.

Three stars.
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